How 13 Iconic London Locations Have Changed in the Last Century

By Google Arts & Culture

Tower of London gezien vanaf de Tower Bridge (1855 - 1900) by anoniemRijksmuseum

Get the time capsule treatment by taking a look at what 13 iconic London locations looked like 100 years ago, and, now that its residents have swapped their carriages for cars, what they look like today.

Viaduct bij Holborn, Londen (1869 - ca. 1900) by anoniemRijksmuseum

Holborn Viaduct, around 1880-1920

The site of Royal processions and commuting workers from the West End alike, the Holborn Viaduct is an iconic piece of Central London architecture.

In years since, the Financial District has sprung up around it, but you can still see the bridge in something like its original glory. Click and drag and use the arrows here in Street View to explore

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, Westminster, Greater London (1871/1900) by York & SonHistoric England

Royal Albert Hall, around 1871-1900

From the Proms to pop gigs, the Royal Albert Hall has had it all since its construction in the 19th century. It has even played host to Sumo wrestling contests!

It remains one of London's most iconic performance venues. Take a look around in Street View.

Gezicht op de Royal Courts of Justice aan Strand in Londen (1851 - 1880) by Valentine, JamesRijksmuseum

Royal Courts of Law, around 1870-1900

Order in the court! The gothic turrets and towers of London's Courts of Law are an impressive part of the Westminster skyline.

Take a look at the building as it appears today.

Waterloo Bridge en Somerset House in Londen, gezien over de Theems (1878 - 1890) by anoniemRijksmuseum

Waterloo Bridge, around 1878-1890

Named to commemorate the victory of the British, Dutch, and Prussian armies in the Battle of Waterloo, this is one of the Thames' most famous crossings.

It's a source of inspiration in the modern age too. The Kinks' famous song 'Waterloo Sunset' is all about watching London go by from the bridge. It was also the site of Banksy's first 'Balloon Girl' work.

Gezicht op Trafalgar Square met Nelson's Column (1870 - 1888) by Poulton, Samuel E.Rijksmuseum

Trafalgar Square, around 1880-1940

The lions, the plinths, and Nelson's Column. Trafalgar Square needs no introduction!

It looks much the same today, opening out in front of the National Gallery.

Mansion House, City of London (1870/1900) by York & SonHistoric England

Mansion House, around 1870-1900

This neo-classical house is the official residence of London's Mayor.

Today, it's a Grade I listed building and an architectural treasure in the heart of a modernised City of London.

Westminster Abbey in Londen (1855 - 1900) by anoniemRijksmuseum

Westminster Abbey, around 1880-1900

Burial place of Charles Dickens, Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking, and several Monarchs, Westminster Abbey bosts a rich, thousand-year history.

A must-see for visitors to London, the royal abbey's gothic splendour is perfectly preserved to this day.

Gebouw van de Bank of England aan Threadneedle Street in Londen (1870 - 1881) by Stuart, Francis Godolphin OsbourneRijksmuseum

Bank of England, around 1870-1900

The UK's central bank occupies an imposing, neo-classical building from the late 19th century.

Still a notable detail of Westminster's architecture, the Bank of England still operates as the UK's primary financial centre.

Rij huizen in Holborn, Londen (1870 - 1890) by Spooner & Co., W.M.Rijksmuseum

Staple Inn, around 1870-1890

This Tudor building in Holborn was the meeting place of the Faculty of Actuaries.

Today, it's the last surviving Inn of Chancery in London, and houses shops and cafes.

St Paul's Cathedral in Londen (1855 - 1900) by anoniemRijksmuseum

St Paul's Cathedral, around 1880-1900

Sir Christopher Wren's most famous creation, St Paul's stands tall on the North Bank of the Thames.

Still mighty and proud, withstanding the centuries and even the bombs of the Blitz during the Second World War, St Paul's is one of London's most iconic buildings.

Liberty & Company Limited, Great Marlborough Street, Westminster, London (1924-05-03) by Adolphe Augustus Boucher, Bedford Lemere & CoHistoric England

Liberty London, 1924

Founded in 1875, "Liberty's" originally sold fabrics, objets d'art, and fashion by The Costume Society designed to rival Paris. In 1924 this building was erected in the Tudor Revival style to house the growing business.

The building survives to this day and still houses high-end fashion stores. A favourite stop for London's moneyed dandies!

British Museum in Londen (1890 - 1905) by anoniemRijksmuseum

The British Museum, around 1900-1925

Originally founded to house the extensive collections of the scientist Sir Hans Sloane, the British Museum in Holborn quickly became the Capital's premier cultural institution.

Today it's the country's most-visited museum, boasting a permanent collection of over eight million items.

Gezicht op de Tower of London (1851 - ca. 1900) by anoniemRijksmuseum

Tower of London, around 1880-1920

Home of the Crown Jewels, imposing prison fortress, a treasury housing the Royal Mint - The Tower of London has performed many functions throughout its history.

The White Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, soon after the Battle of Hastings, and the whole expanded complex still stands today. It is still home to several ravens. Legend has it that if they fly away, the Crown and Britain will fall...

Liberty & Company Limited, Great Marlborough Street, Westminster, London (1924-05-03) by Adolphe Augustus Boucher, Bedford Lemere & CoHistoric England

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