It was a decade that saw Londoners protest against apartheid in South Africa and cram into Wembley Stadium in support of Live Aid. A decade when the streets of London were scattered with punks and mods, with record shops and rock stars — and today's Canary Wharf skyscrapers were barely a gleam in a developer's eye.
Piccadilly Circus lacked the digital displays we know today Source Kisstheskyagain Pet Shop Boys, 1985 Source Electric Pet Shop Boys Members of Madness on Inverness Street, 1980 Source Disappearing London Women on scooters, South London Rosettes, April 1981 Source Buzzfeed West Ham vs Chelsea football match, 1981 Source Old London Live Aid, Wembley, 1985 Source Vintag Parking ticket delivered by a mounted policeman, 30th March, 1987 Source Bbcamerica London Wall, looking east, 1986 Source Rstelex Source History Pics Artists and their families living on Beck Road, E8, 1988 Source Wsimag Denmark Street, 1980 Source History Is Made at Night The Smiths at Dingwall's Club,1983 Source Moz for Every Occasion Tower Bridge from the south side of the Thames, 1989 Source Yourlocalweb Victoria Bus Station Source Aceanorak Camden, 1980 Source Camdenmarketldn Denmark Street, 1980 Source Coda Uk Club Row Animal Market just north of Bethnal Green Road, 1983 Source Londonhistorian Kurt Cobain signing autographs at the Rough Trade record shop, 1989 Source History of Sound Marvin Gaye in Covent Garden Source Impossible Cool. QPR fans marching to Wembley Stadium, 1986 Source Old London Brick Lane market 1987. That might not be the genuine Mona Lisa Source Old London Margaret Thatcher meets the Queen Mother, 1980 Source Bbcamerica New Romantics, 1981 Source Pinterest Looking south from Dalston Source Chrisdb1 The Asylum Club, 1986 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Aerial view of Canary Wharf, 1983 Source Old Pics Archive The BT Tower, 1983. 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Source Old London Ralph Lauren opens in London, 1981 Source Ralphlauren Michael Caine launches the Poppy Appeal in his own style Source News Uk Archives Isle of Mudchute looking north-east towards Brunswick Power Station, demolished in 1987 Source This Brutal House Michael Jackson and Princess Diana, backstage at Wembley, 1988 Source Extratv Inspecting the punks Source Pu Nk and Stuff Punks on King's Road, 1982 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Stoney Street, Southwark Source Disappearing London Future site of London City Airport Source London City Airport Source Kidsofdada Canary Wharf, 1987 Source Zzapback Photography Wheels Roller Disco, Hammersmith Broadway Source Old London Broad Street, London, 1985 Source 50256734@n05 Looking down on Wembley during Live Aid, 1985 Source Vintag Groove Records on Greek Street Source Rob Baker Dingwalls, Utramagnetic MC gig, 1989 Source Jocksandnerdsmagazine Anti-apartheid protestors at South Africa House, 1989 Source Wikimedia Runners on Tower Bridge, in the first London Marathon, 1981 Source Times Sport Madonna at Camden Palace, 1983 Source Madonna Scrapbook Graffiti in Tufnell Park, 1985 Source Feminist Pics King's Road, 1983 Source Amytastley An elephant boards the bus to Earls Court,1980 Source Old Pics Archive Police officers charge on the second day of rioting in Brixton London, April 1981 Source Gagdaily After standing derelict for years, Farringdon Goods Yard was knocked down in October 1988 Source 28083135@n06 Portobello Road, 1980 Source Plemper Members of the Musicians' Union, on strike outside BBC Television Centre, 1980 Source Old London Croydon B power station's chimneys - the coal fired power station ceased operation in 1984 Source Daveburt Queen at Live Aid, 1985 Source Archives Arsenal goalkeeper Pat Jennings helps water the Highbury pitch during pre-season, 1981 Source Vintage Footy Bermondsey by-election, 1983 Source London Se1 Community Website Picketing the South African Embassy, 1989 Source Nonstopagainstapartheid HMV on Oxford Street, 1985 Source Hmvgetcloser An American Werewolf in London 1981 Source Flickfacts Commercial Street, 1985 Source Philmaxwell Tubby Isaacs' jellied eels stall in Whitechapel Source Old London Whitehall Theatre, London, 1981 Source Old London Pensioners outside Margaret Thatcher's home, 1980 Source Guardian Mick Jagger on the roof of the Daily Mirror building, 1987 Source Hizumi Yul Brynner gives his 3000th performance in The King & I at the London Palladium in 1980 Source Rodgers & Hammerstein Jesus and Mary Chain at the Ambulance Station, 1984 Source Playlist Ist Reggae record sleeves on the wall at Dub Vendor, Clapham Junction, 1988 Source Flashbak.com Notting Hill Carnival, London, 1981 Source Old London Camden, 1980s Source Pu Nk and Stuff Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium, 1986 Source Blendergallery A new DLR train in Millwall, Isle of Dogs Source Sharon B West Brompton Station from the Fulham Broadway direction, 1980 Source Old London Soho London July 1983 Source Eatmorechips Peckings Studio, Askew Road Source Flashbak.com A Flexair Dorner 228 landing at London City Airport, 1987 Source London City Airport Chelsea roll out an electric fence at Stamford Bridge, 1985 Source Terrace Images Young Mods near Carnaby Street Source Pinterest Bauhaus film their Ziggy Stardust video at The Roundhouse Source Playlist Ist