London life is accelerating at a rapid pace, or so we are told. These photos of the city in 1956 show just how much has changed, but also it's startling how recognisable they are. Many of these scenes will resonate as much with modern Londoners as with those who remember London in the 1950s.
Southam Street, North Kensington, 1956 Source Rob Baker Goodge Street deep-level shelter and dormitory Source Londonist Woolwich Ferry, 1956 Source London Life North Kensington, London, 1956 Source Aucharbon Two prostitutes lean out of the windows of a brothel in Soho, 1956. Source Whores of Yore A man in drag heads a carnival procession down Old Compton Street during the Soho Fair, 1956 Source Ibtimes Tube stop, 1956. Source Buzzfeed The film 'A Girl Comes to London', 1956 Source Robin Baker Teddy Boy and Girl, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Leicester Square, 2 April 1956. Source Bowshrine Southam Street, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Victoria bus station, 1956 Source Rob Baker London Bridge at rush hour, 1956 Source Buzzfeed A newsagent on Frith Street, 1956 Source Ibtimes Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II meeting at a movie premiere in London, October 1956 Source Lost in History Southam Street, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery The Elmington Estate, Picton Street, 1956 Source Museumoflondonprints International Exchange London, 1956 Source Bt Piccadilly Circus, 1956. Source Vikinga Charlton Athletic FC, 1956 Source Old London Teddy Girls, Battersea Fun Fair, 1956 Source Gittermangallery That famous Coke ad at Piccadilly Circus, 2 April 1956. Source Allhails Thomas Road, Bow Common, 1956 Source Geograph Piccadilly bus stop, 1956. Source Stockholmtransportmuseum Commons Jeanne Moreau, photographed at the Savoy, 1956 Source Misspeelpants Teddy Boy Group, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Miss Ireland assists Miss Iceland, after she fainted during the Miss World Pageant in London, 1956 Source Historyphotographed Street football, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Endell St Baths, Covent Garden, 1956 Source Instagram Police officer on point duty, 1956 Source Old London Rush hour, 1956. Source Buzzfeed South Ealing Underground station, 1956 Source Old London Twilight Trio, 1956 Source Aucharbon Shop window in Soho, 1956. Source Rob Baker The Grand Hall, Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition, Olympia, 1956 Source Lookandlearn Escalators at Piccadilly Circus Underground station, 1956. Source Buzzfeed Southam Street, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Clock End at Highbury, 1956 Source Old Football Grounds Regent Street looking east towards Piccadilly Circus, 9 November 1956. Source Rob Baker Marilyn Monroe shopping in London, 1956 Source Eric Alper Paul Hogan steals Jour D'Ete by Morisot from the Tate Gallery, 1956 Source Cosbe1 Battersea, 1957 Source Aucharbon Andria Loran stands in the doorway of the Mambo Club, Soho, 1956 Source Ibtimes Youths hang out on the backstreets of Soho, 1956 Source Ibtimes An aerial view of London, 1956 Source Londonhistorian Welcome to Hungarian refugees in London, 1956 Source Ahmet Husnu Koray