In Photos: Historic Aerial Photos Of London

By Londonist Staff Last edited 13 months ago
In Photos: Historic Aerial Photos Of London

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
The R101 airship on its first test flight over Westminster from the west, 1929
Source Ibtimes
Mile End Park, east London, 1945
Source Buzzfeed
Wapping, 1983
Source Richie Rich
Aerial view of Battersea Park during the Festival of Britain
Source Old London
Islington (now site of Emirates Stadium), 1945
Source Buzzfeed
Rotherithe Peninsula, 1945
Source Buzzfeed
King's Cross and St Pancras, 1945
Source Buzzfeed
An incredible aerial shot of London in the 1920s
Source Billionaire Mindset
A Heinkel He111 bomber flies over central London, 7 September 1940
Source Avax
Wembley, 1923
Source Old London
Battersea Power Station, 1945
Source Buzzfeed
Aerial view of Canary Wharf, 1983
Source Old Pics Archive
The Crystal Palace
Source Ibtimes
Waterloo station, 1925
Source Rob Baker
Aerial shot of Waterloo station, 1926
Source Rob Baker
Lewisham aerial view, c 1955
Source Francisfrith
Croydon, 1945
Source Buzzfeed
An aerial view of Spurs' White Hart Lane stadium in the 1920s
Source Vintage Footy
Loftus Road (to the left) and White City Stadium (top), 1945
Source Buzzfeed
South Bank, 1945
Source Buzzfeed
M25, Junction 15, 1945
Source Buzzfeed
Construction site for the Empire Stadium, that would later become Wembley Stadium, 1922
Source Londonist
Aerial view of Kensington, 1958
Source Amateur Casual
Old terraced housing between Kingsland Road and Hackney Road, east London, 1945
Source Buzzfeed
Festival of Britain on South Bank in 1951
Source Ibtimes
Westminster and Buckingham Palace
Source Buzzfeed
Tower Bridge, 1947
Source Olde Britain
Blitz ghosts, 1940.
Source Nick
London, 1920s
Source Tim Dunn
Wembley in 1924, during a boxing match between Tommy Gibbons and Jack Bloomfield
Source Ibtimes
Bush House, Kingsway and the British Museum in 1946
Source Ibtimes
Whitechapel aerial photograph, 1921
Source The Ripper

Last Updated 11 April 2017