In Pictures: London Commuters

By Londonist Staff Last edited 10 months ago
In Pictures: London Commuters

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.

On yer bike.
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Piccadilly Circus underground, 1956
Source Buzzfeed
Victoria station, 1930s
Source Old London
Victoria bus station, 1939
Source Old London
Hundreds queue at a bus stop in Farringdon as a result of train strikes in London, 31 May 1955
Source Old Pics Archive
Victoria bus station, 1927
Source Old London
Rush hour in Oxford Street, 1958
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Rush for trams on the Embankment during the railway strike
Source Old London
Anthony Asquith filming commuters for his 1928 film, Underground
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Bus queue
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Commuters walking up the steep steps leading out of Westminster Underground station, 1930s
Source Historical Pics
A candid snap of the District line, complete with smoker.
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Main concourse, Waterloo Station
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Rush hour on the London horse-drawn bus, 1900
Source London Life
Commuters leaving Liverpool Street station, 1915
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Horse Bus, Hammersmith Broadway, 1894
Source Old London
London Bridge during the Rush Hour, 1904
Source Sir William Davenant
Waterloo station, 1939
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Rush hour in Elephant & Castle, 1966
Source London Life
Traffic jam in London, 1901
Source My Minimal Art
Bank station, 1900
Source Old London
A bowler-hatted commuter skates to work during the London Tube strike of 1962 - with his brolly, briefcase & Times
Source Sir William Davenant
London Bridge station, 1958
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Traffic on London Bridge, 1890
Source Historic London
A packed Waterloo station
Source Instagram
The Piccadilly line at rush hour
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Last Updated 25 April 2017