London in 1931 was on the cusp of change.
The Roaring 20s were over; the Hungry 30 were about to begin. The era of the
Bright Young Things officially came to an end with the infamous Red-and-White Party, given by Arthur Jeffress in Maud Allan's Regent's Park townhouse.
Meanwhile Mahatma Gandhi was in town, drawing crowds of a very different kind. This was also the year Sadler's Wells opened, as well as London's Abbey Road Studios. A political crisis led to a National Government taking its seats in Westminster... there were turbulent times ahead.
Trafalgar Square in the snow Source History in Pictures London map Source Jessicaesquires Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to study law at Oxford, makes a radio broadcast in London Source Indianhistorypics Harry Selfridge at his Oxford Street site, 1931 Source Old London Dog obviously had more money in 1931 Source Okan Caledonian Market Source Sailor Charlie Chaplin meeting Mahatma Gandhi, London Source Old Pics Archive Father Christmas delivering presents to the Childrens' Aid and Adoption Society, Leytonstone Source Jean Philippede Tonnac London Zoo. Note the chains Source Zsl London Zoo Young exhibitor walks her kitten on a leash at the National Cat Club Show at Crystal Palace Source Lost in History The Royal Exchange Source Old London Gandhi planting a tree outside Kingsley Hall, East End, 1931 Source Lost in History Gary Cooper buys an ice-cream at Waterloo station in 1931 Source Rob Baker Feltham tram on route for Shepherd's Bush seen here on service in Ealing Broadway Source Old London Crews brave freezing temperatures at Butlers Wharf Source London Fire Brigade Men scrubbing the roof of Cannon Street station Source Davenant A London Transport poster. Now THAT'S how to advertise Source Ian Visits Londoners flock to a mobile screen showing the latest Mickey Mouse film Source History Pics James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in a London Registry Office, having met 27 years previously Source Bibliophilia Washing day, Croydon Source History in Pictures A bugle-playing cyclist on Lambeth Bridge Source Old London Rainy Westminster Source Old London Caledonian Market Source Sailor London underground map. Good old Beck Source Buzzfeed Crowds witnessing the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi in Canning Town Source Indianhistorypics Sainsbury's in Peckham. Slightly smarter than the Morrisons they've got now Source London Life Councillor Tom Brooks was Mayor of Bethnal Green - whilst continuing his trade as a chimney sweep Source London Life Watching 1930s London go by Source History in Pictures A burning cigarette dispenser Source Buzzfeed Piccadilly Circus Source Londonhistorian Met Police officer herding sheep in Hyde Park Source Old London A (thin) London Transport staff member dressed in Father Christmas outfit, loads toys into an Underground delivery van Source Old London Broadcasting House under construction Source Old London
Last Updated 07 February 2017