In Pictures: London In 1945

Eleana Overett
By Eleana Overett Last edited 6 months ago
In Pictures: London In 1945

1945 in London. Crowds filled the streets for huge celebrations on V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) on 8 May, followed by further celebrations on V-J Day (Victory in Japan Day) on 15 August, which finally brought the second world war to a close. Take a look at the pictures below for a snapshot of a monumental year in British history.

Piccadilly Circus
Source Old London
Air raid wardens race to the rescue in Farringdon after a V2 rocket explosion in March
Source Bbc
Big Ben floodlit on 8 May
Source Old London
Street party, Lopen Road, Edmonton
Source 1900s
Admiralty Arch decorated for VE Day celebrations
Source Old London
Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs
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Heathrow Airport
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VE Day celebrations seen from the Bank of England
Source Bbc
Clement Attlee meeting King George VI after his 1945 election victory
Source Historytoday
Winston Churchill with General Eisenhower on VE Day
Source Michael Beschloss
The Cenotaph, VE Day
Source Old London
Westminster and Buckingham Palace
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VJ Day street party
Source Old London
Trafalgar Square
Source Alittlequirk
Two small girls wave flags in the rubble of Battersea, VE Day
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VE Day street party, Argyle Road, Edmonton
Source 1900s
Piccadilly Circus
Source Old London
Piccadilly Circus on VE Day
Source Londonhistorian
Winston Churchill waves to the crowd in Whitehall, VE Day
Source Old London
VJ Day street party
Source Old London
Abandoned boy holding a soft toy
Source Classic Pics
Charley Brown's pub, Limehouse
Source Aucharbon
Chelsea V Moscow Dynamo
Source Old London
VJ Day
Source Londonhistorian
Pacific Show Boat at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
Source Londonhistorian
Celebrations at Piccadilly Circus, VJ Day
Source Londonhistorian
Burberrys advert from the Illustrated London News
Source Burberry
Rip was a search and rescue dog, and found 100 London air raid victims between 1940-1941. He received the Dickin Medal for Bravery.
Source Historical Images
VE Day, 8 May
Source History in Pictures
A V-1 Buzz Bomb plunging towards central London
Source World War Ii History

Last Updated 07 August 2017