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