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Amazing Mid-century Photographs of London

Charlie Gracie posing for promotional photos in London, c.5 August 1957
The Empire Theatre on the north side of Leicester Square. The Queen’s Corner bar had no toilets and customers had to use the public conveniences in the Square

The Empire Theatre on the north side of Leicester Square. The Queen’s Corner bar had no toilets and customers had to use the public conveniences in the Square, 1955

Café de Paris on Coventry Street

Café de Paris on Coventry Street, 1955

Leicester Square tube station looking south on Charing Cross Road.

Leicester Square tube station looking south on Charing Cross Road, 1955

Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Road, 1955

Cinerama, Casino Cinema on Old Compton Street in Soho

Cinerama, Casino Cinema on Old Compton Street in Soho, 1955

Coventry Street corner, Haymarket

Coventry Street corner, Haymarket, 1955

Coventry Street

Coventry Street, 1955

The Silver Snack Bar on Cranbourne Street, where in 1955 you could buy sausages, chips and beans costing 2 shillings and 3 pence

The Silver Snack Bar on Cranbourne Street, where in 1955 you could buy sausages, chips and beans costing 2 shillings and 3 pence, 1955

Frith Street in Soho

Frith Street in Soho, 1955

The Odeon cinema at Marble Arch

The Odeon cinema at Marble Arch, 1955

C&A’s on Oxford Street near Marble Arch. It’s a Primark now

C&A’s on Oxford Street near Marble Arch. It’s a Primark now, 1955

The Palace Theatre at Cambridge Circus

The Palace Theatre at Cambridge Circus, 1955

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus, 1955

Selfridges on Oxford Street

Selfridges on Oxford Street, 1955

See more of Allan Hailstone’s pictures on flickr.

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