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