London in 1979 was a place of spending cuts, strikes, discontent, mods and punks.
In May, the Jubilee line was inaugurated; the same month, Margaret Thatcher became the UK's first female Prime Minister; it was also the year the first J D Wetherspoon pub was established, in Haringey.
Greenwich Pier, May 1979 Source A London Inheritance Route 273 at Ealing Broadway Source Megaanorak It seems Boris Johnson wasn't the first Tory politician to take to a zipwire... Here's Maggie at the London Boat Show, 1979 Source Conservative History Regent Street, London, 1979 Source Flickriver Mods Source Paulwrightuk John Simon Ritchie aka Sid Vicious, 2 February 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Billy Idol, singer of new wave pop group Generation X, at the Lyceum, London, with a friend, 6 September, 1979 Source Seattlepi Liza Minnelli, Regine’s, London, 1979 Source Thesundaytimes Rubbish piles up in Leicester Square while refuse collectors were on strike, 1979 Source Flickriver Feminist graffiti, 1979 Source Old London Soho Market, London, 1979 Source Mcmorgan Sting, 1979 Source Photoshelter Modculture Mod revival, 1979 Source Rob Webb At the Hope & Anchor pub in Islington, 1979 Source Classic Alternative Bruce Springsteen captured in 1979 outside Hammersmith Odeon Source Londongrrl Garbage Strike, London, 1979 Source Businessinsider London has changed a lot since 1979! Source Cnn International Tony Allen being arrested at Speakers' Corner, 1979 Source Bbc Notting Hill Carnival, 1979 Source Old London Marvin Gaye at the Royal Albert Hall, 1979 Source Art My Fire King's Cross station, 1979 Source Blue Diesels Punks in London Source Pu Nk and Stuff Train guard Julian Hows wears a skirt on his last day in the job, protesting that male staff weren't allowed to wear skirts. Source Feminist Pics Camden Market Source Grahamfkerr Margaret Thatcher, the newly-elected British Prime Minister, receives Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt on an official visit to London, 10-11 May 1979 Source Cvce Mods on Scooters in London, 1979 Source 1970s in Pictures Traffic at Victoria on 24 January, 1979 Source 28083135@n06 Terminal 3, Heathrow Airport, 1979 Source Old London Joe Strummers handwritten lyrics for London Calling, 1979 Source History in Pictures London tourists in 1979 Source Lovegreatbritain Mark Hamill painting a graffiti wall. Source Mark Hamill Things U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor in London. Mistakenly advertised as 'The U2s', they played to nine people. Source Eric Alper John Simon Ritchie, aka Sid Vicious, from Lewisham died in 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Hyde Park and South Kensington from above, 1979 Source 19787482@n04 London, 1979 Source Vintageseveryday London, 1979 Source Flickriver Sid Vicious memorial march, London, 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff London punk rockers in 1979 Source Old London The first ever train to run on the Jubilee line to Charing Cross, 1979 Source London Enthusiast Christ Church, Spitalfields, 1979 Source 40630782@n07 Entrance to Selhurst Park, home to Crystal Palace FC, 1979 Source Old London Famous punk clothing store "Boy" on the King's Road Source Old Pics Archive Police clash with protestors in Southall, west London, 1979 Source Newstatesman Margaret Thatcher elected Prime Minister, 1979 Source News In 1979, the 'Knifeboard' Horse bus was back on the streets of London for the 'Omnibus 150' celebrations Source Londonbusmuseum Sham ’69 – Live At Paris Theatre, London, 1979 Source Pastdaily Punks at Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols) memorial in London, March, 1979 Source Miepvonsydow Garbage Strike, London, 1979 Source Businessinsider Speakers Corner, 1979 Source Georgkindbom