60 Vintage Photos Showing London During The 1890s

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. It stands on the River Thames in south-east England at the head of a 50-mile (80 km) estuary down to the North Sea, and has been a major settlement for two millennia. The City of London, its ancient core and financial centre, was founded by the Romans as Londinium and retains boundaries close to its medieval ones. Since the 19th century, “London” has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between the counties of Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent, and Hertfordshire, which largely makes up Greater London, the region governed by the Greater London Authority. The City of Westminster, to the west of the City, has for centuries held the national government and parliament.

London, as one of the world’s global cities, exerts strong influence on its arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, health care, media, tourism, and communications. Its GDP (€801.66 billion in 2017) makes it the biggest urban economy in Europe and one of the major financial centres in the world. In 2019 it had the second highest number of ultra high-net-worth individuals in Europe after Paris and the second-highest number of billionaires of any city in Europe after Moscow. With Europe’s largest concentration of higher education institutions, it includes Imperial College London in natural and applied sciences, the London School of Economics in social sciences, and the comprehensive University College London. The city is home to the most 5-star hotels of any city in the world. In 2012, London became the first city to host three Summer Olympic Games.

London’s diverse cultures mean over 300 languages are spoken. The mid-2018 population of Greater London of about 9 million, made it Europe’s third-most populous city. It accounts for 13.4 per cent of the UK population. Greater London Built-up Area is the fourth-most populous in Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow and Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census. The London metropolitan area is the third-most populous in Europe after Istanbul’s and Moscow’s, with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016.

London has four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the Palace of Westminster, along with Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement in Greenwich, where the Royal Observatory, Greenwich defines the Prime Meridian (0° longitude) and Greenwich Mean Time. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. It has numerous museums, galleries, libraries and sporting venues, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest rapid transit system in the world. (Wikipedia)

Changing the light bulb on a street in London, England, 1890s
Fleet Street
Fleet Street
Boundary Street
Gracechurch Street
High Holborn
Oxford Street
Oxford Street
Regent Street
Farringdon Street
Looking toward the Bank of England
Wych Street
Bishopsgate Street
Broad Street Railway Station
Roehampton High Street
London screever on the Thames
Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery to the left and St Martins in the Fields to the right
Two women are about to cross The Mall onto Horse Guards Parade.
Vauxhall is an area of London just south of the Thames
Albert Memorial in London with the Royal Albert Hall in the background
An elephant in a park, London
In the distance is St Paul’s Cathedral. This was taken from Cannon Street in the City of London
Trafalgar Square
Omnibus stand outside of Victoria Station London
St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London
The corner of Parliament Square from a stretch of road called Broad Sanctuary.
The Crimean War Memorial in Waterloo Place London
The Monument, London
The south bank of the river Thames at Westminster Bridge, London
The SS Somerset, home port London
The River Thames
London Bridge, 1894.
Piccadilly Circus, 1894.
Cheapside, 1894
Royal Courts of Justice, 1894
Bank of England, 1894
North London Railway Staff, 1894.
Holborn Circus and Viaduct, 1894.
Fleet Street, 1894
Northumberland Ave South-east from Trafalgar Square, 1894
Piccadilly Circus, 1894
The White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, London, 1894
A hansom cab in London, 1894
London, 1890s
Tower Bridge under construction with river traffic in the foreground, 1893
Future King Edward VII opens Stockwell Station, 1890
Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, 1890
City of London police officer, 1890
Wych Street, 1890
Blackfriars Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1890
The first telephone trunk circuit linking London to Birmingham, 10 July 1890
Hyde Park Hotel, Knightsbridge, 1890
Policeman, 1890
Covent Garden Flower Sellers, 1890
A heavy horse-traffic day in Hyde Park, 1890
The tube, 1890
St. Leonard’s Church, Hoxton, 1890
Lewisham Station, 1890
Baked potato seller, 1890
Caged birds in Club Row, 1890

One thought on “60 Vintage Photos Showing London During The 1890s

  1. Great finds, most of these are taken from afar and faces are not so distinct, but the London screever on the Thames, looks you right in the eyes and it eerie reading the face of a person that are long dead. Stunning.

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