Feeling nostalgic, HEKKTA travels back in time to London in 1937, where these amazingly insightful pictures give us a glimpse into life in our capital 80 years ago. With many differences, but also many similarities, we’ve certainly come a long way since the days of the 1930s.
It appears not much has changed at Waterloo station; still as busy as ever. No doubt Southern Rail are still ruining people’s days as they do now too!
This beautiful art-deco style building in Parsons Hill, Woolwich, is home to the nation’s favourite cinema – Odeon, with the company being just 7 years old by this point.
It appears bicycle engineering has come on ten-fold since the 1930s, as this funny man is shown riding the world’s smallest bicycle along the road in the City of London. He’d probably be better off walking!
This beautiful picture shows a woman, Gracie Fields, perched precariously on a wooden ladder, singing to the workers balancing on huge steel beams at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Life before health & safety eh!
Barges and ships are shown chugging past the Battersea Power Station, bellowing out big plumes of smoke, back when the famous building was in use. It is now headed for modernisation, currently being turned into premium apartments on the River Thames.
Laurence Olivier looks shocked as he wows the crowd playing Iago in Othello at the Old Vic.
1937 also saw the first ever televised football game between Arsenal and the Arsenal Reserves at their famous former stadium, Highbury in London.
At the humble Croydon Airport, the first Japanese-built aircraft flew from Japan to Europe, with the Mitsubishi Kamikaze-g aircraft pictured here surrounded by onlookers.
A man gazes at an advert in the familiar tunnels of the underground, donning a sharp top hat.
Top hats were certainly more fashionable 80 years ago, with another gent sporting his while trotting down to the steps of Westminster underground station with Big Ben looming in the backdrop.
Police clash with a group of people as riots broke out following a fascist rally in the capital.
Another famous moment in the London life in 1937, as Croydon pops up in the history books once more as Arthur Coulston and Betty Kirby-Green complete a record breaking flight from South Africa to Croydon Airport, watched on by hundreds of spectators.