In Photos: London in the 1980s

By Londonist Staff Last edited 17 months ago
In Photos: London in the 1980s

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.

London Wall, looking east, 1986
Source Rstelex
Pet Shop Boys, 1985
Source Electric Pet Shop Boys
Tower Bridge from the south side of the Thames, 1989
Source Yourlocalweb
Boy on the tube
Source Aucharbon
Jesus and Mary Chain at the Ambulance Station, 1984
Source Playlist Ist
Source Shinesquad
Source History Pics
Parking ticket delivered by a mounted policeman, 30th March, 1987
Source Bbcamerica
Arsenal goalkeeper Pat Jennings helps water the Highbury pitch during pre-season, 1981
Source Vintage Footy
Piccadilly Circus lacked the digital displays we know today
Source Kisstheskyagain
Boris Becker with the Wimbledon trophy, 1989
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King's Road, 1983
Source Amytastley
1984 advert for Christmas travel on London Underground
Source London Transport Museum
Darth Vader and two stormtroopers stand menacingly over road works on Oxford Street, 31 March 1980
Source Londonhistorian
Brick Lane market 1987. That might not be the genuine Mona Lisa
Source Old London
Camden, 1980
Source Camdenmarketldn
Michael Caine launches the Poppy Appeal in his own style
Source News Uk Archives
Peckings Studio, Askew Road
Source Flashbak.com
Ralph Lauren opens in London, 1981
Source Ralphlauren
The Asylum Club, 1986
Source Pu Nk and Stuff
Live Aid, Wembley, 1985
Source Vintag
An American Werewolf in London 1981
Source Flickfacts
Chelsea roll out an electric fence at Stamford Bridge, 1985
Source Terrace Images
Denmark Street, 1980
Source Coda Uk
Bauhaus film their Ziggy Stardust video at The Roundhouse
Source Playlist Ist
Madonna at Camden Palace, 1983
Source Madonna Scrapbook
A Flexair Dorner 228 landing at London City Airport, 1987
Source London City Airport
Marvin Gaye in Covent Garden
Source Impossible Cool.
Trowbridge Estate demolition, 1986
Source Chrisdb1
Aerial view of Canary Wharf, 1983
Source Old Pics Archive
Runners on Tower Bridge, in the first London Marathon, 1981
Source Times Sport
Graffiti in Tufnell Park, 1985
Source Feminist Pics
The Smiths at Dingwall's Club,1983
Source Moz for Every Occasion
Portobello Road, 1980
Source Plemper
Club Row Animal Market just north of Bethnal Green Road, 1983
Source Londonhistorian
Bermondsey by-election, 1983
Source London Se1 Community Website
Yul Brynner gives his 3000th performance in The King & I at the London Palladium in 1980
Source Rodgers & Hammerstein
Denmark Street, 1980
Source History Is Made at Night
Picketing the South African Embassy, 1989
Source Nonstopagainstapartheid
Anti-apartheid protestors at South Africa House, 1989
Source Wikimedia
Mick Jagger on the roof of the Daily Mirror building, 1987
Source Hizumi
Members of the Musicians' Union, on strike outside BBC Television Centre, 1980
Source Old London
QPR fans marching to Wembley Stadium, 1986
Source Old London
A new DLR train in Millwall, Isle of Dogs
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Women on scooters, South London Rosettes, April 1981
Source Buzzfeed
Whitehall Theatre, London, 1981
Source Old London
Young Mods near Carnaby Street
Source Pinterest
Cromwell road, 1983.
Source Old London
Canary Wharf, 1987
Source Zzapback Photography
After standing derelict for years, Farringdon Goods Yard was knocked down in October 1988
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Tubby Isaacs' jellied eels stall in Whitechapel
Source Old London
Victoria Bus Station
Source Aceanorak
Simon Millington's first window display for Liberty of London, 1989
Source Liberty London
Wheels Roller Disco, Hammersmith Broadway
Source Old London
Pensioners outside Margaret Thatcher's home, 1980
Source Guardian
Looking south from Dalston
Source Chrisdb1
Inspecting the punks
Source Pu Nk and Stuff
Madonna performing at Camden Palace, 1983
Source Madonna Power Br
An elephant boards the bus to Earls Court,1980
Source Old Pics Archive
Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium, 1986
Source Blendergallery
HMV on Oxford Street, 1985
Source Hmvgetcloser
Police officers charge on the second day of rioting in Brixton London, April 1981
Source Gagdaily
Artists and their families living on Beck Road, E8, 1988
Source Wsimag
Future site of London City Airport
Source London City Airport
Camden Lock, 1985
Source This Brutal House
The BT Tower, 1983.
Source Flickriver
Stoney Street, Southwark
Source Disappearing London
Notting Hill Carnival, London, 1981
Source Old London
West Ham vs Chelsea football match, 1981
Source Old London
Soho London July 1983
Source Eatmorechips
Source Kidsofdada
Michael Jackson and Princess Diana, backstage at Wembley, 1988
Source Extratv
Camden, 1980s
Source Pu Nk and Stuff
Paul Weller & Pete Townsend, 1980
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Looking down on Wembley during Live Aid, 1985
Source Vintag
Reggae record sleeves on the wall at Dub Vendor, Clapham Junction, 1988
Source Flashbak.com
Croydon B power station's chimneys - the coal fired power station ceased operation in 1984
Source Daveburt
Punks on King's Road, 1982
Source Pu Nk and Stuff
New Romantics, 1981
Source Pinterest
Groove Records on Greek Street
Source Rob Baker
Kurt Cobain signing autographs at the Rough Trade record shop, 1989
Source History of Sound
Broad Street, London, 1985
Source 50256734@n05
Live Aid, Wembley, 1985
Source Vintag
West Brompton Station from the Fulham Broadway direction, 1980
Source Old London
Margaret Thatcher meets the Queen Mother, 1980
Source Bbcamerica
Commercial Street, 1985
Source Philmaxwell
Queen at Live Aid, 1985
Source Archives
Isle of Mudchute looking north-east towards Brunswick Power Station, demolished in 1987
Source This Brutal House
Members of Madness on Inverness Street, 1980
Source Disappearing London

Last Updated 24 March 2017