This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

By Londonist Staff Last edited 16 months ago
This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

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
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

Last Updated 21 April 2017