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 Source Filabrandcenter 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 Source Sharon B 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 Source 28083135@n06 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 Source Vinny M 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