28 Amazing Vintage Photographs of London in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries_top1

By the end of the 19th century, London was not just a bustling, world-class city. It was also the center of Britain’s Empire.

People living in London had access to goods from around the world… if they could afford them, that is. Not everyone could afford them, however, since London was also a city of contrasts.

London by Alfred Buckham, pioneer of aerial photography.


Eighteenth century houses at Borough Market by William Whiffin


Bunhill Fields


A plane tree in Cheapside


Dirty Dick’s in Bishopsgate


Book stalls in the Farringdon Rd by Walter Benington


Roman galley discovered during the construction of County Hall in 1910


The garden at the Bank of England that was lost in the reconstruction


Bridge House in George Row, Bermondsey – constructed over a creek at Jacob’s Island


Penny for the Guy!


Hoop & Grapes in Aldgate by Donald McLeish


Houndsditch Old Clothes Market by William Whiffin


In Huggin Lane between Victoria St and Lower Thames St by Andrew Paterson


Inigo Jones’ gate at Chiswick House at the time it was in use as a private mental hospital


The Langbourne Club for women who work in the City of London


Leadenhall Poultry Market by Donald McLeish


Liverpool St Station at nine o’clock six mornings a week


Old signs in Lombard St by William Whiffin


The London Stone by Donald McLeish


Figureheads of fighting ships in the Grosvenor Rd by William Whiffin


Old houses in the Strand


Puddledock Blackfriars


Piccadilly Circus in the eighteen-eighties


Poplar Almshouses by William Whiffin


Punch & Judy show at Putney


On the deck of a Thames Sailing Barge by Walter Benington


The Grapes at Limehouse


Wapping Old Stairs by William Whiffin