Here's What London Looked Like In 1975

By Londonist Staff Last edited 12 months ago
Here's What London Looked Like In 1975

London saw the explosion of punk in 1975. It was a big year for music: Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was released for the first time; Led Zeppelin played five sold-out shows at Earls Court; and the Sex Pistols played their first gig at Saint Martins College in November of that year.

Elsewhere, the terrorist threat of the IRA was being felt very keenly: a series of bombs were planted throughout the capital, killing several people, and injuring many more.

The Moorgate Train crash saw the largest loss of life during peacetime on the London Underground: 43 people died and a further 74 were injured.

On a lighter note, this was the year Fawlty Towers first appeared on our TVs.

A Teddy boy and a young woman jiving at London's Black Raven club
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The Tamil demonstration at the Kennington Oval on 7 June 1975
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Squatters in Tolmers Street in North London, 1975
Source Socialistworker
West Croydon Bus Station 1975
Source Old London
Renowned punk Jordan, outside the Sex Boutique.
Source Old London
Moorgate Tube, Friday 28 February 1975
Source London Fire Brigade
Marks and Spencer and Chapel Street Market in Islington, 1975
Source Islington London
London, 1975
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Liverpool Street station
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London, 1975
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King's Road, 1975
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The Sex Pistols played their first live gig at Saint Martins College in 1975
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The London Stock Exchange in 1975
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London, 1975
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London, Middlesex Street, 1975
Source Geograph
Plough Lane, Wimbledon, 1975
Source Old London
Hackney Marshes in 1975
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The Balcombe Street siege, 1975
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A police constable welcomes Miss World contestants to the Palace of Westminster on 17 November 1975
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Boys mimicking police, 1975
Source Rita Hunter
Notting Hill Carnival, London, 1975
Source Alt London Tours
A gridlocked Trafalgar Square, before pedestrianisation
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Piccadilly Circus in 1975
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Moorgate Tube, Friday 28 February 1975
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Andalucia Star alongside HMS Belfast in 1975
Source Bluestarline
Highbury, Arsenal, 1975
Source Old Football Grounds
Heathrow Airport
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King's Road, 1975
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1970s fashions in the rain
Source Flickriver
Wimbledon Men's Tennis Final, July 5, 1975
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Trafalgar Square, 1975
Source Vintag
Tower Bridge
Source Geograph
A Vauxhall Chevette crosses Westminster Bridge
Source Vauxhall
Bobby Moore at Wembley, 1975
Source Old London
The Balcombe Street siege, 1975. IRA members broke into a flat taking the residents hostage. The siege ended after six days with the gunmen giving themselves up
Source Londonhistorian
Flares and 'fros on Regent Street
Source Adewale Oshineye
When Routemasters dominated London
Source History in Moments
'Common sense, not Common Market.' Women's anti-Common Market march, London, June 1975
Source Rob Baker

Last Updated 20 February 2017