Despite the corsets, top hats and horse-drawn carriages of 19th century London, it's not all that different to today's city. Construction sites, a congested Oxford Street, and a very busy Covent Garden Market are just a few of the parallels.
1st Suffolk Regiment, Tower of London, 1895 Source Frontispiece Ltd Interior of Crystal Palace during The Great Exhibition of 1851 Source Textilis Matchgirls striking against Bryant & May's inadequate provision against them developing 'phossy jaw', 1888 Source Old Pics Archive Construction of the Blackwall Tunnel, 1892 Source Old Pics Archive King's Cross, 1800s Source Old London Love Angel crossroads, London, 1895 Source Auntie Mabel A winter scene in Hampstead, London in the 19th century Source Davenant Source The Ice Age Flower seller, Ludgate Hill Station, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Punch advertisement for Pears Soap, May 1895 Source Pulp Librarian Covent Garden Flower Sellers, c 1890 Source Old Pics Archive On July 9, 1877, the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon. The Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world Source Nation A woman walking in Hyde Park in summer, 1895 Source Amateur Casual Descriptive map of London poverty, 1889 Source Museumoflondonprints Insert of the programme for The Mikado, Savoy Theatre, 1885 Source Museumoflondonprints Tower Bridge close to completion, 1894 Source Old London London, 1883 Source Nedhardy Jacob's Island, Rotherhithe, 1887 Source Museumoflondonprints London, 1883 Source Nedhardy Clapham to Putney omnibus, 1866 Source Old London Inner Temple Gate House, 1885 Source Museumoflondonprints Oxford Street, late 19th century Source Londonhistorian 164 Fenchurch Street, 25th September 1888 Source 19thcenturyphotos Historical newspaper report on the underground bomb in October 1883 Source Britishnewspaperarchive Source Old London Ludgate Circus, 1890 Source Old London West Smithfield's Cold Air Stores under construction, 1895 Source London Life Lured to the Slaughter (Illustrated Police News), 1888 Source Museumoflondonprints Tower Bridge, 1892 Source Eric G. 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Zuelow London Bridge, late 19th century Source Solarpatrick Big Ben, 1890s Source Joe Flanagan The Pool, 1885 Source Museumoflondonprints Original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, illustrated by the author (Lewis Carroll), 1882 Source Bibliophilia Fish porter, Billingsgate, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints School of Art and Tabard Inn, Chiswick, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints Frozen Thames, 1895 Source Old Pics Archive Thames frozen at Limehouse, 1895 Source The Ripper Matchseller, London, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints St. Paul's from Bankside, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints The Royal Observatory under construction, Greenwich, 1890 Source Old London Upper Pool of the Thames, c.1885 Source Museumoflondonprints Upper Richmond Road, 1887 Source Old London Putney Bridge, 1881 Source Museumoflondonprints Holborn Circus and Viaduct, 1894 Source 1890swriters Construction work on the Central Line, 1898 Source Londonhistorian Tower Bridge construction, 1892 Source Londonhistorian Cloth Fair Source The Cynical Urbanist Reflections on the Thames by moonlight, c.1880 by John Atkinson Grimshaw Source Davenant Street traders in the New Cut, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Victorian Christmas Card 1883 Source Museumoflondonprints The church of St Andrew Undershaft, St Mary Axe, 1891 Source Londonist Staircase at Ashburnham House, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints A horse hauling coal at Victoria Dock, London, 1898 Source 1890swriters Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, 1887 Source Museumoflondonprints White Hart Yard Inn, Southwark, 1881 Source Museumoflondonprints Street vendor, London, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Sarah Bernhardt as Empress Theodora, London, 1884 Source Lyn Maccorkle The Illustrated London News, January 1881 Source Nika Garrett A young woman waits patiently while hoops to support her crinoline are prepared, London, 1860 Source Old Pics Archive Lower ward of Windsor Castle, 1890 Source Visit Windsor Ashburnham House dining room, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints Peepshow at the fair, London, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Jumbo the first African elephant at London Zoo, circa 1870. Source Zsl Behold Leicester Square in London as it looked c.1800 Source Davenant Source Nedhardy The Bayswater Omnibus, George William Joy, 1895 Source Dr Liv Gibbs A policeman questions a young, crying boy who intended to fish in the fountain on Trafalgar Square, London, 1892 Source Classic Pics Clerkenwell 1890 Source Old London London boroughs in 1895 Source Buzzfeed Source Nedhardy An early recording studio, set up in the rooms of the Cockburn Hotel, London, 1898 Source 1890swriters Covent Garden Market in full swing, 1890 Source Londonhistorian The Great Wheel, Earl's Court, 1898 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Nedhardy Map of the Hyde Park area of London, c.1881 Source Pinterest 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints St Pancras station, 1890s Source Olde Britain A very early photograph of London showing Nelson's Column under construction, 1844 Source Davenant Engraving of 'Ye Olde Fancy Fayre', held at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th June 1881 Source Victoriancalendar Coach horses slipping at Ludgate, 1889 print Source Old Print Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge, 1866-1870 Source Old London Illustrated Police News, the trial of Oscar Wilde, 1895 Source Prof.frank Mc Donough Fair on Chelsea Bridge Road, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints View of the Egyptian Court inside the Crystal Palace, 1854 Source Classic Pics Source Nedhardy In 1896 Source Olde Britain Ella Sykes, photographed in London as 'A Persian Lady', 1898 Source 1890swriters The Prince of Wales sleighing on the Thames Embankment, 1881 Source Museumoflondonprints Victoria Embankment, before and after Bazalgette's master plan Source Amateur Casual Source Londonhistorian Baker Street, 1895 Source Londonhistorian Princes Street London with the Bank of England on the right, 1890s Source Bbc Historical newspaper engraving of the underground bombing, October 1883 Source Britishnewspaperarchive Obaysch the hippo in 1870 Source Zsl Jack the Ripper pamphlet, 1888 Source Old London Bath Road, Chiswick, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints King's Cross, c.1885 Source Old Pics Archive District Line construction outside Somerset House, 1869 Source Pinterest Engraving of Newgate in Tudor times, drawn in 1894 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Nedhardy Bombed carriages, Aldersgate Station, 1897 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Lost in History The drawing room at 18 Clarendon Square, 1890 Source Clc Archive