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