Known for intelligent-sounding accents, an adorable royal family (we’re looking at you, George and Charlotte), fish and chips, Harry Potter, and a culture that’s stood the test of time, London is a rightfully proud city. It goes without saying that it’s cool to be British. The only thing cooler? The nostalgia of 20th-century London. Here, 20 vintage London photos that capture those special moments from the past.
Header photo of the remodeled Parliament Square, mid 1950s, courtesy Leonard Bentley/Flickr. All other photos also from Flickr courtesy Leonard Bentley unless otherwise noted.