Commuting, complete with cordless headphones, iPhone and laptop at-the-ready, can sometimes seem like a rather 21st-century phenomenon.
But as these photos show, Londoners have been commuting for centuries. The distances covered and modes of transport used (check out the horse bus) might have changed, but some things have stayed exactly the same: invasion of personal space, strikes and queues, queues, queues.
Commuters walking up the steep steps leading out of Westminster Underground station, 1930s Source Historical Pics Victoria bus station, 1939 Source Old London Rush hour in Oxford Street, 1958 Source Londonhistorian Bus queue Source Buzzfeed A candid snap of the District line, complete with smoker. Source Pinterest Rush hour in Elephant & Castle, 1966 Source London Life Rush hour on the London horse-drawn bus, 1900 Source London Life Anthony Asquith filming commuters for his 1928 film, Underground Source Buzzfeed Main concourse, Waterloo Station Source Instagram Hundreds queue at a bus stop in Farringdon as a result of train strikes in London, 31 May 1955 Source Old Pics Archive Victoria station, 1930s Source Old London Traffic on London Bridge, 1890 Source Historic London London Bridge station, 1958 Source Buzzfeed Waterloo station, 1939 Source Londonhistorian London Bridge during the Rush Hour, 1904 Source Sir William Davenant A bowler-hatted commuter skates to work during the London Tube strike of 1962 - with his brolly, briefcase & Times Source Sir William Davenant Piccadilly Circus underground, 1956 Source Buzzfeed Rush for trams on the Embankment during the railway strike Source Old London A packed Waterloo station Source Instagram Commuters leaving Liverpool Street station, 1915 Source Londonhistorian Traffic jam in London, 1901 Source Portuguese Home Victoria bus station, 1927 Source Old London Bank station, 1900 Source Old London On yer bike. Source Lifeinparadigm Horse Bus, Hammersmith Broadway, 1894 Source Old London The Piccadilly line at rush hour Source Instagram
Last Updated 25 April 2017