London News From The 1920s

Eleana Overett
By Eleana Overett Last edited 7 months ago
London News From The 1920s

The 1920s saw a new dawn in London's, and Britain's, history. Briefly, the roaring 20s were a time of jubilation and hedonism. Women had experienced a new kind of freedom during the first world war, and held on to this newfound independence. Nightclubs and cocktail bars were swamped with revelling Londoners, determined to celebrate being alive when so many they knew were no longer. Then, in the mid-20s, came the bust. Poverty spread throughout the lower classes, and unemployment rose to two million. It was a decade of opposites and contrasts: rich vs. poor, boom vs. bust.

But what else happened in London during this time? Take a look below at the milestones, big and small, that marked London's calendar.

Rush for trams on the Embankment during the railway strike
Source Old London
Liberty under construction in 1924
Source Tim Dunn
FA Cup Final, Huddersfield Town v Aston Villa, Stamford Bridge
Source Old London
An exhausted Sylvia Pankhurst is toasted by the East End after her release from prison, 1921
Source The Ripper
Cannon Street station had its last live cannon decommissioned in 1924. Source Londonist
The R101 airship on its first test flight over Westminster from the west, 1929
Source Ibtimes
Twin towers built at Wembley, 1923
Source Old London
Croydon Airport was the first airport in the world to introduce air traffic control (wooden tower pictured). It was here in 1923 that a senior radio controller first coined the distress call "Mayday Mayday Mayday"
Source Londonhistorian
In 1927, the Managing Directors of Harrods and Selfridges made a bet as to which would make more profits that year. Gordon Selfridge lost. His gift of a silver replica of Harrods still has pride of place in the Lower Ground Floor of the store. Source Ldnfashion
Anthony Asquith filming commuters for his 1928 film, Underground
Source Buzzfeed
The world's first air traffic control centre at London's Croydon Airport, c 1928
Source Croydon Airport
Volunteer drivers cheer after passing their driving tests during the Great Strike of 1926
Source Old London
Mayor of Westminster turns on the escalators at Piccadilly Circus, 1928
Source Buzzfeed
Men rescuing residents in Rotherhithe during a flood, 1928
Source Vintag
King George V prepares to unveil the Cenotaph, Whitehall, 11 November
Source Londonhistorian
FA Cup Final between West Ham and Bolton, with an estimated 200,000 strong crowd, Wembley, 1923
Source Old London
Henley on Thames Royal Regatta, 1923
Source Avax

Last Updated 25 July 2017