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.
Feeding the birds in Trafalgar Square, circa 1950.
Working hard or hardly working in the River Thames near Lambeth Bridge, circa 1930.
“Step lively!” A London police constable directs traffic in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, circa late 1960s.
Ride on! The 1967 London Six, a six-day cycle race at Earl’s Court. Photo courtesy Brian Townsley/Flickr.
The art of flirting. June 1929, Charing Cross Post Office.
Into Hyde Park on horseback, circa mid 1950s.
Trafalgar Square, 1950. The lion’s front paws were removed for repair after being damaged in 1941 by a bomb.
Parliament Square circa 1926. So much space to walk around!
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