Regent Street snowflake Christmas lights, 1955


We take a look at the remarkable set of black and white photographs showing how London celebrated Christmas during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They come from the Museum of London’s unique photography collection, which provides a glimpse into all aspects of London life during the second half of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The nostalgic shots include Regents Street in 1960, festooned with Christmas lights and bustling with the iconic Routemaster buses, Selfridges stocked full of fifties hampers, turkeys for sale in Leadenhall Market, and a snowy Trafalgar Square in the 1950s, complete with Christmas tree.

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