30 Fabulous Vintage Photographs Give a Unique Perspective on the People and Streets of London in the 1950s

A keen photographer since childhood, Allan Hailstone’s beautiful images are a tribute to London at what he remembers as a magical time. Fogs, Soho at night, the remnants of St Giles, lost theaters…Hailstone’s photographs were taken from between 1950 to 1962 paint a picture of England’s multifaceted capital in a decade of great change and development. From grand monuments to innocuous street corners, famous faces to passers-by, this selection of evocative photographs captures the very essence of London life in the mid-twentieth century.Here is just a taste of how things were.

 Warner Cinema, Cranbourn Street, London, 3 January 1957


Trafalgar Square, London, 5 November 1955


Trafalgar Square CND London, 24 September 1960


The Strand, London, 1 August 1955


Southampton Row, London, 2 August 1955


Piccadilly Circus, London, 2 April 1956


Outside Foyle’s Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London, around mid-1961


Near Tottenham Court Road tube station, London, 1 August 1955


Men outside shop Charing Cross Road, London, 5 November 1955


Leicester Square, London, 11 April 1955


Leicester Square, London, 2 April 1956


Aldwych, London, 1 August 1955


Museum Street cnr. New Oxford Street, London, 1 August 1955


Charing Cross Road, London, 5 November 1955


Charing Cross Road, London, 5 November 1955 looking south


Charlie Gracie posing for promotional photos in London, c.5 August 1957


Foyle’s Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London, 5 November 1955


High Holborn, London, 2 August 1955


Kingsway cnr. High Holborn, London, 1 August 1955


The Empire Theatre on the north side of Leicester Square. The Queen’s Corner bar had no toilets and customers had to use the public conveniences in the Square, 1955


Café de Paris on Coventry Street, 1955


Leicester Square tube station looking south on Charing Cross Road, 1955


Charing Cross Road, 1955


Coventry Street corner, Haymarket, 1955


Coventry Street, 1955


The Silver Snack Bar on Cranbourne Street, where in 1955 you could buy sausages, chips and beans costing 2 shillings and 3 pence, 1955


The Odeon cinema at Marble Arch, 1955


Piccadilly Circus, 1955


C&A’s on Oxford Street near Marble Arch. It’s a Primark now, 1955


 Selfridges on Oxford Street, 1955

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