In 1941, the country was in the midst of the war, with London bearing the brunt of the bombing. These photos give an insight into London life at that time, including classes taking place in underground shelters and bomb damage to St Pancras station and the Houses of Parliament — and Piccadilly Circus was as busy as ever.
10 May 1941 saw the last major raid during the London Blitz, dubbed 'the longest night'. There was damage to many important buildings including the Houses of Parliament, seen here Source Londonhistorian The East End bombed in the Blitz - note the Tower of London in the background Source The Ripper Diners in a busy restaurant at Aldwych Source Rob Baker Boys will be boys Source Old London A mother and her baby during an exercise with gas masks Source Laura Members of the British armed forces given front row seats at Wembley Source Old London Firefighters dealt with blazes caused by bombing on Queen Victoria Street Source London Fire Brigade The Spitfire Boys, Brixton, 1941 Source Old London The north tower of the Crystal Palace topples under a dynamite charge during demolition in 1941 Source Old London Piccadilly Circus, July 1941 Source Londonhistorian Women of the Women's Voluntary Service run a mobile canteen Source Classic Movies King George VI and the Queen Consort meeting air raid victims, 1941 Source Old London Tower Bridge, 1941 Source Londonhistorian Clapham Tram Depot following an air raid Source Old London Four young women enjoy a stroll in the spring sunshine along a shopping street in the West End, 1941 Source Iwm Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) women at a 3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun site at Wormwood Scrubs Source Historical Pics Traffic moving slowly on an icy Queen Victoria Street. A light dusting of snow softens the bomb damage. Source Davenant London, 1941 Source Old Pics Archive Kids didn't get Easter eggs in 1941. Here they munch on their carrot treats instead Source Old London Drinking tea at the Lyons Corner House in Tottenham Court Road Source Davenant London Underground during the war Source History in Pictures Queen's Hall in Langham Place during the Blitz Source Londonhistorian Maths lesson in the Elephant & Castle Underground station during an air raid alert Source Yesteryear Three Kings pub, Cromwell Road Source Old London A milkman walks over rubble while firefighters battle the aftermath of the Blitz Source History Pics Londoners seek shelter in Aldwych tube station, 1941 Source History in Pictures Police officer on the Strand Source Old London People outside the Ritz in Leicester Square which was showing Gone With The Wind, 1941 Source Old London Bomb damage at St Pancras railway station, May 1941 Source Davenant A woman has a cup of tea after her house has been bombed in June 1941 Source Prof.frank Mc Donough
Last Updated 19 May 2017