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Step Into The Past: London Then and Now by Streetmuseum App

For most Londoners, the most common view they enjoy as they trudge to work is the back of another commuter’s head but now, thanks to the Streetmuseum app, anyone traipsing through the capital’s streets can step back in time to see what London looked like in the 19th and 20th century compared with today – all in the same image.The pictures below are part of a series in which historic and contemporary images are blended together, allowing users to see just how much London’s streets have been transformed.

An exterior shot of the completed Gloucester Road Station in 1868 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

A street seller of sherbert and water on the streets of London in 1893 and the same street in 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

Piccadilly Circus in 1953 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

The view north up Brick Lane in Spitalfields, close to the markets in 1957 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

People sunbathing in Hyde Park in 1956 with Marble Arch and the Odeon cinema in the background in 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

A night shot outside the Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue before an evening’s performance in 1958 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

A view of Duncannon Street decorated with bunting and banners for the coronation ceremony of Edward VII. There are pedestrians and vehicles in the foreground and the National Gallery is visible in the distance in 1902 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

A traffic in Oxford Street in c.1905 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

A view of Bow Lane, off Cheapside in the City of London in c.1930 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

Blackfriars station entrance from outside 179 Queen Victoria Street in c.1930 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

A street scene in London’s Covent Garden with the underground station and a horse and cart in the background in c.1930 and the same street in 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

A view of the forecourt of the Southern Railway’s terminus at London Bridge in c.1930 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

A view from the west side of Tower Bridge in c.1930 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

Byward Street near Tower Hill in c.1930 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

An evening street scene outside Foyles book shop on Charing Cross Road in c.1935 and 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

Boy shining shoes outside the Tea Room at Victoria station in 1950 and the same location in 2014. (Photo by Museum of London/Streetmuseum app)

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