There's nothing we love more than a good aerial photo of London, showing the city laid before us in all its glory. These photos go one better by showing London from above — in the past. Taken over quite a time span, they document plenty of the capital's history — including the building of Wembley Stadium. Take a look and see how much of the capital you can recognise.
Aerial view of London, 1973 Source Rob Baker Lewisham aerial view, c 1955 Source Francisfrith The Crystal Palace Source Ibtimes The R101 airship on its first test flight over Westminster from the west, 1929 Source Ibtimes Mile End Park, east London, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Aerial view of Canary Wharf, 1983 Source Old Pics Archive Battersea Power Station, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Westminster and Buckingham Palace Source Buzzfeed Loftus Road (to the left) and White City Stadium (top), 1945 Source Buzzfeed Aerial view of Battersea Park during the Festival of Britain Source Old London Wapping, 1983 Source Richie Rich Festival of Britain on South Bank in 1951 Source Ibtimes A Heinkel He111 bomber flies over central London, 7 September 1940 Source Avax Wembley, 1923 Source Old London Aerial view of Kensington, 1958 Source Green Man Dan Croydon, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Construction site for the Empire Stadium, that would later become Wembley Stadium, 1922 Source Londonist Waterloo station, 1925 Source Rob Baker Tower Bridge, 1947 Source Olde Britain Wembley in 1924, during a boxing match between Tommy Gibbons and Jack Bloomfield Source Ibtimes An aerial view of Spurs' White Hart Lane stadium in the 1920s Source Vintage Footy Blitz ghosts, 1940. Source Nick M25, Junction 15, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Bush House, Kingsway and the British Museum in 1946 Source Ibtimes Aerial shot of Waterloo station, 1926 Source Rob Baker An incredible aerial shot of London in the 1920s Source Billionaire Mindset Rotherithe Peninsula, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Islington (now site of Emirates Stadium), 1945 Source Buzzfeed King's Cross and St Pancras, 1945 Source Buzzfeed London, 1920s Source Tim Dunn Old terraced housing between Kingsland Road and Hackney Road, east London, 1945 Source Buzzfeed South Bank, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Whitechapel aerial photograph, 1921 Source The Ripper
Last Updated 11 April 2017