London In 1956

Harry Rosehill
By Harry Rosehill Last edited 19 months ago
London In 1956

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.
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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.
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Rush hour, 1956.
Source Buzzfeed
Jeanne Moreau, photographed at the Savoy, 1956
Source Misspeelpants
Endell St Baths, Covent Garden, 1956
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Last Updated 12 January 2017