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.
Wembley in 1924, during a boxing match between Tommy Gibbons and Jack Bloomfield Source Ibtimes Wapping, 1983 Source Richie Rich The Crystal Palace Source Ibtimes Old terraced housing between Kingsland Road and Hackney Road, east London, 1945 Source Buzzfeed M25, Junction 15, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Westminster and Buckingham Palace Source Buzzfeed Aerial view of Battersea Park during the Festival of Britain Source Old London Rotherithe Peninsula, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Waterloo station, 1925 Source Rob Baker Aerial view of Canary Wharf, 1983 Source Old Pics Archive Islington (now site of Emirates Stadium), 1945 Source Buzzfeed An incredible aerial shot of London in the 1920s Source Billionaire Mindset Bush House, Kingsway and the British Museum in 1946 Source Ibtimes Tower Bridge, 1947 Source Olde Britain Aerial shot of Waterloo station, 1926 Source Rob Baker Lewisham aerial view, c 1955 Source Francisfrith London, 1920s Source Tim Dunn Construction site for the Empire Stadium, that would later become Wembley Stadium, 1922 Source Londonist Aerial view of London, 1973 Source Rob Baker South Bank, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Blitz ghosts, 1940. Source Saint Nick Stone An aerial view of Spurs' White Hart Lane stadium in the 1920s Source Vintage Footy Aerial view of Kensington, 1958 Source Amateur Casual The R101 airship on its first test flight over Westminster from the west, 1929 Source Ibtimes Battersea Power Station, 1945 Source Buzzfeed A Heinkel He111 bomber flies over central London, 7 September 1940 Source Avax King's Cross and St Pancras, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Festival of Britain on South Bank in 1951 Source Ibtimes Loftus Road (to the left) and White City Stadium (top), 1945 Source Buzzfeed Croydon, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Wembley, 1923 Source Old London Mile End Park, east London, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Whitechapel aerial photograph, 1921 Source The Ripper
Last Updated 11 April 2017