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.
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
Cannon Street station had its last live cannon decommissioned in 1924. Source Londonist