Iconic photos of London’s past to go on show at iconic Tower Bridge

A collection of rare photographs from London’s past opens later this month at Tower Bridge, the world’s most iconic landmark.

Black and white images go on show from June 30 with 60 images—in ‘glorious monochrome’—that take you back in time as far as the late 1800s in the rich seam of history that surrounds Tower Bridge, the Pool of London and the City.

“This is a chance to show just some of the gems from the London Metropolitan Archives we manage and care for,” said the Guildhall’s Archives assistant director Deborah Jenkins.

“The power of an old black and white photograph to draw you into the scene is quite incredible, like an invisible thread that keeps you in touch with the past.”

One of the jewels in the photographic crown is the image of St Paul’s Cathedral, seen behind an early 20th century Thames waterfront with its industrial wharves and warehouses—so different to the present day Millennium Bridge at the same spot.


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Another is a woman single-handedly pulling a barge along the canal at Hawley Lock in Camden Town.

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