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 Peckings Studio, Askew Road Source Flashbak.com Women on scooters, South London Rosettes, April 1981 Source Buzzfeed Kurt Cobain signing autographs at the Rough Trade record shop, 1989 Source History of Sound Jesus and Mary Chain at the Ambulance Station, 1984 Source Playlist Ist Looking down on Wembley during Live Aid, 1985 Source Vintag Tower Bridge from the south side of the Thames, 1989 Source Yourlocalweb The Asylum Club, 1986 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Source Shinesquad Pet Shop Boys, 1985 Source Electric Pet Shop Boys Parking ticket delivered by a mounted policeman, 30th March, 1987 Source Bbcamerica Michael Caine launches the Poppy Appeal in his own style Source News Uk Archives Denmark Street, 1980 Source History Is Made at Night After standing derelict for years, Farringdon Goods Yard was knocked down in October 1988 Source 28083135@n06 Tubby Isaacs' jellied eels stall in Whitechapel Source Old London Graffiti in Tufnell Park, 1985 Source Feminist Pics The Smiths at Dingwall's Club,1983 Source Moz for Every Occasion A new DLR train in Millwall, Isle of Dogs Source Sharon B Boy on the tube Source Aucharbon Inspecting the punks Source Pu Nk and Stuff A Flexair Dorner 228 landing at London City Airport, 1987 Source London City Airport Source Kidsofdada Arsenal goalkeeper Pat Jennings helps water the Highbury pitch during pre-season, 1981 Source Vintage Footy Madonna performing at Camden Palace, 1983 Source Madonna Power Br Members of Madness on Inverness Street, 1980 Source Disappearing London Portobello Road, 1980 Source Plemper Darth Vader and two stormtroopers stand menacingly over road works on Oxford Street, 31 March 1980 Source Londonhistorian Paul Weller & Pete Townsend, 1980 Source Vinny M Chelsea roll out an electric fence at Stamford Bridge, 1985 Source Terrace Images An elephant boards the bus to Earls Court,1980 Source Old Pics Archive Denmark Street, 1980 Source Coda Uk Yul Brynner gives his 3000th performance in The King & I at the London Palladium in 1980 Source Rodgers & Hammerstein The BT Tower, 1983. Source Flickriver Aerial view of Canary Wharf, 1983 Source Old Pics Archive Police officers charge on the second day of rioting in Brixton London, April 1981 Source Gagdaily King's Road, 1983 Source Amytastley Whitehall Theatre, London, 1981 Source Old London Simon Millington's first window display for Liberty of London, 1989 Source Liberty London Future site of London City Airport Source London City Airport Picketing the South African Embassy, 1989 Source Nonstopagainstapartheid Margaret Thatcher meets the Queen Mother, 1980 Source Bbcamerica Cromwell road, 1983. Source Old London New Romantics, 1981 Source Pinterest Queen at Live Aid, 1985 Source Archives Source History Pics Piccadilly Circus lacked the digital displays we know today Source Kisstheskyagain Members of the Musicians' Union, on strike outside BBC Television Centre, 1980 Source Old London Ralph Lauren opens in London, 1981 Source Ralphlauren Michael Jackson and Princess Diana, backstage at Wembley, 1988 Source Extratv Commercial Street, 1985 Source Philmaxwell Pensioners outside Margaret Thatcher's home, 1980 Source Guardian West Ham vs Chelsea football match, 1981 Source Old London Runners on Tower Bridge, in the first London Marathon, 1981 Source Times Sport Club Row Animal Market just north of Bethnal Green Road, 1983 Source Londonhistorian Madonna at Camden Palace, 1983 Source Madonna Scrapbook Marvin Gaye in Covent Garden Source Impossible Cool. 1984 advert for Christmas travel on London Underground Source London Transport Museum Boris Becker with the Wimbledon trophy, 1989 Source Filabrandcenter Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium, 1986 Source Blendergallery Mick Jagger on the roof of the Daily Mirror building, 1987 Source Hizumi Wheels Roller Disco, Hammersmith Broadway Source Old London Live Aid, Wembley, 1985 Source Vintag Broad Street, London, 1985 Source 50256734@n05 Live Aid, Wembley, 1985 Source Vintag Camden, 1980s Source Pu Nk and Stuff Croydon B power station's chimneys - the coal fired power station ceased operation in 1984 Source Mrlondon Stoney Street, Southwark Source Disappearing London Victoria Bus Station Source Aceanorak Looking south from Dalston Source Chrisdb1 West Brompton Station from the Fulham Broadway direction, 1980 Source Old London Trowbridge Estate demolition, 1986 Source Chrisdb1 An American Werewolf in London 1981 Source Flickfacts Canary Wharf, 1987 Source Rob | Zzapback Fotografie Isle of Mudchute looking north-east towards Brunswick Power Station, demolished in 1987 Source This Brutal House Punks on King's Road, 1982 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Soho London July 1983 Source Eatmorechips Anti-apartheid protestors at South Africa House, 1989 Source Wikimedia QPR fans marching to Wembley Stadium, 1986 Source Old London Camden, 1980 Source Camdenmarketldn Artists and their families living on Beck Road, E8, 1988 Source Wsimag Bermondsey by-election, 1983 Source London Se1 Community Website Notting Hill Carnival, London, 1981 Source Old London Camden Lock, 1985 Source This Brutal House Groove Records on Greek Street Source Rob Baker Reggae record sleeves on the wall at Dub Vendor, Clapham Junction, 1988 Source Flashbak.com Young Mods near Carnaby Street Source Pinterest HMV on Oxford Street, 1985 Source Hmvgetcloser Bauhaus film their Ziggy Stardust video at The Roundhouse Source Playlist Ist Brick Lane market 1987. That might not be the genuine Mona Lisa Source Old London