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.
In the 60s the lights were officially switched on on November 25th. Since then, it has shifted forwarded over a week.
Fortnum and Mason, 1953
The ever-popular Fortnum and Mason Christmas hampers on display.
Spot Father Christmas and Mickey Mouse taking centre stage to Selfridges’ toy display.
Leadenhall Market, 1953
Forget pre-ordering from M&S. This was how you got your turkey in the 50s.
It’s a bit nicer than the ones we’ve had in more recent years, don’t you think?
St Paul’s Cathedral, 1960
A man and boy at a 3-day Christmas ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ vigil, 1959
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.
Images are courtesy of the Henry Grant Collection, held by the Museum of London.
Also published on Medium.