14 Amazing Photos Of London At Christmas During The 50s And 60s

share on:
feature-one

Ever wondered what London used to look like during the festive season?

Thanks to the Museum of London’s extensive collection of images, which were snapped by Henry Grant during the 50s and 60s, we can imagine it a little more clearly…

Regent Street, 1960

Back in 1960, the Christmas lights on Regent Street were rolling with the same angel theme we still see today, although they were a little more discreet.

823807 - Regent Street

In the 60s the lights were officially switched on on November 25th. Since then, its shifted forwarded over a week.

166214 - Regent Street

Regent Street Christmas lights, 1965

823796 - Regent Street

Fortnum and Mason, 1953

818058 - F+M

The ever-popular Fortnum and Mason Christmas hampers on display.

Selfridges, 1953

818056 - Selfridges

Spot Father Christmas and Mickey Mouse taking centre stage to Selfridges’ toy display.

Leadenhall Market, 1953

141201 - Poultry

A Christmas Turkey Market, 1952

HG1801_16 0 poultry

Forget pre-ordering from M&S. This was how you got your turkey in the 50s.

Hamleys, 1961

1005759 - display

Hamleys, 1966

HG2033A_58 - hamleys

Trafalgar Christmas Tree, 1955

206958 - Trafalgar

It’s a bit nicer than the ones we’ve had in more recent years, don’t you think?

823826 - Tree

St Paul’s Cathedral, 1960

823806 - St Pauls

A man and boy at a 3-day Christmas ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ vigil, 1959

134585 - Protest

Bourne and Hollingsworth, 1953

This old department store, which opened on Oxford Street in 1902, closed in the 80s. The building is now home to the Plaza Shopping Centre.

818057 - Window

Images are courtesy of the Henry Grant Collection, held by the Museum of London. They’re all available to buy as prints from their website.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.