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