Watch: 100 years of London in 100 photographs

Annabel Fenwick Elliott
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Two world wars, two Olympic Games, 24 Prime Ministers, two royal coronations (and one cancelled one) and a world cup victory. It has been one hundred years to remember.

In this video (above) we take a nostalgic trip through London in 100 photographs, from 1918 to 2017. Below is a brief caption offering the context and location of each image.

1918

Traffic at the Bank of England.

A reminder that London's traffic problem is nothing new Credit: Getty

1919

A crowd queues to board a tram at Golder's Green on Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Twenties

1920

King George V at the unveiling of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

1921

Hirohito, the Crown Prince of Japan, drives down Fleet Street in London with the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, during his six-month European tour.

1922

Fans waiting at the gates outside Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane ground, before Spurs' FA Cup replay against Cardiff City (Spurs won the match 2-1.)

1923

A city bar in London shortly before Christmas, with plucked turkeys hanging overhead.

1924

Contented shoppers during the winter West End sales. 

1925

Two young boys and girl in school uniform sit on a camel at London Zoo.

1926

Members of Christian suffragist groups at Victoria Embankment during the Equal Political Rights Demonstration.

We're not convinced that this kind of behaviour would be cleared by today's healthy and safety officers Credit: Getty

1927

A man at work on the extreme end of the first crane at works in Gresham Street. The dome of St Paul's can be seen in the background.

1928

Market traders at Messrs Reuben Levy's stall at Spitalfields Market.

1929

A herd of sheep wandering along the Strand hold up the buses.

The Thirties

1930

Women sit in basket chairs on a balcony overlooking London Bridge and the River Thames.

1931  

Children's garden party in aid of the Duchess of York's Maternity Clinic, in the ring at Macpherson's Gymnasium in Burton Court, Chelsea.

1932

Edwin Davey rides a penny farthing bicycle over Lambeth Bridge, blowing a bugle to warn of his approach.

A slightly different look to the MAMILs (middle-aged men in lycras) of 2018 Credit: Getty

1933

Rugby League supporters in central London ahead of the cup final between Huddersfield and Warrington at Wembley Stadium.

1934

Horse-drawn carts are loaded from a barge at Lambeth, south London.

1935

A policeman in London directing three "giraffe necked women" from Burma.

1936

Cyclists of the London police unit wearing gas masks and protective suits during an exercise.

1937

London girls on their morning jog. The guard is not allowed to move.

1938

Barges of esparto grass being unloaded at a wharf on the River Thames. Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are visible in the background.

1939

Nurses sit in a window at the Croydon creche in South Norwood, while their young charges sleep in a sunny courtyard.

The Forties

1940

British tanks in the streets of London waiting for German attacks during the Second World War.

1941

Bomb damage around St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London.

St Pauls Cathedral stands defiant following the Blitz Credit: Getty

1942

Sir John Dawson Laurie, the Lord Mayor of London, views a bomb-damaged site in Elephant and Castle, accompanied by Albert Joseph Gates, the Mayor of Southwark.

1943

A British Short Stirling bomber, 'H for Harry', of the RAF, on display outside St Paul's Cathedral, London, during the 'Wings for Victory Week' campaign aimed at raising funds to buy bomber aircraft.

1944

A Howitzer Gun is paraded through Fleet Street. Crowds line Fleet Street to watch a parade of artillery during Salute the Soldiers Week.

1945

London bobbies struggle to hold back a surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling the end of the Second World War in Europe.

1946

A group of art students sketching in London's Leicester Square.

1947

Policemen in a rowing boat rescue inhabitants of Spring Lane, Clapton, where flood waters reached alarming heights after the River Lea burst its banks.

1948

British politician Charles Latham, chairman of the London Transport Executive, speaks at the opening ceremony of the new east and west Central Line extensions at Greenford.

1949

The British Overseas Airways Corporation's Short Solent passenger flying boat docks at her new berth near Tower Bridge.

The Fifties

1950

A group of children play in a street in Willesden, northwest London.

1951

Londoners await election results in Trafalger Square.

1952

Illuminated signs dominate Piccadilly Circus at night.

1953

A shoeshiner on his pitch on a Piccadilly street.

1954

From left to right, female MPs Edith Summerskill, Patricia Ford (MP for County Down), Barbara Castle (MP for Blackburn) and Irene Ward (MP for Tynemouth) make their way to the House of Commons with a petition from the Equal Pay Campaign Committee demanding equal pay for women. They have collected 80,000 signatures.

Female MPs present a petition from the Equal Pay Campaign Committee Credit: Getty

1955

Two young employees of the Hulton Press running through Waterloo train station.

1956

A group of businessmen riding Vespa motor scooters through the streets of London.

1957

Canton Restaurant in London's East End.

1958

A view of Kings Road, Chelsea.

1959

The 'Stop The Coloured Invasion' protest meeting in Trafalgar Square.

The Sixties

1960

The Meterological Centre in Holborn attracts passers-by with its latest weather reports.

1961

Demolition begins on the Euston Arch, a Doric propylaea at the entrance to Euston Station. It is being dismantled as part of the reconstruction scheme for the station

The devastating process of turning one of London's most glorious stations into one of its ugliest Credit: Getty

1962

A new SETAC (Specially Equipped Traffic Accident Car) is demonstrated for the press by members of the Metropolitan Police at Battersea. The vehicle is a Humber estate car, equipped with a flashing signal, lifting jacks, loudhailer and floodlighting.

1963

Cricketers sprint to the safety of the pavilion as crowds of spectators storm onto the pitch after the West Indies win the Final Test match at the Oval.

1964

Beatle Paul McCartney in Marylebone, with Wilfrid Brambell (who played the part of Paul's grandfather) during the filming of A Hard Day's Night.

1965

Police keep back a crowd of young fans outside Buckingham Palace as the Beatles receive their MBEs.

1966

Carnaby Street fashion designers Jeff Marks, Liz Gold, Warren Gold (centre) and Jackie Benton in London, before heading off to Florence

1967

The exterior of the Apple boutique, run by the Beatles' Apple Corps, on the corner of Baker Street and Paddington Street on the day of its launch.

1968

A shop called Pop, on Carnaby Street in London's West End. A Triumph Spitfire GT6 is parked outside.

1969

Conservative Party candidate Andrew Pearce (left) talks to a constituent during his campaign in the parliamentary by-election for Islington North.

The Seventies

1970

The opening of an Ann Summers on Edgware Road.

Form an orderly queue Credit: Getty

1971

The Chelsea team return to the World's End in Chelsea, with the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after beating Real Madrid.

1972

Police attend the scene of robbery at Barclays Bank in Newington Green, Islington.

1973

Shoppers on London's fashionable Carnaby Street.

1974

Members of the public use the new telephone booths opposite Westminster Abbey.

1975

One of the blocks on the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, southeast London. Built in 1963, the housing estate is the largest in Europe.

1976

Police boat at speed on the Thames, with Tower Bridge behind.

1977

Members of the Gay Liberation Movement protest outside the Old Bailey over Mary Whitehouse's court action against the Gay News Magazine.

1978

A journey on the London Underground.

1979

Mods on scooters in the Carnaby Street area of London being filmed for Steppin' Out.

The Eighties

1980

Pro-abortion and anti-abortionists confront each other in London.

1981

Lady Diana Spencer with children from the Young England kindergarten in Pimlico.

1982

A group of breakdancers.

1983

Marie-Therese Relin during the filming of Secret Places.

1984

A police van escorts Libyan diplomats from St James's Square after diplomatic relations were severed.

1985

The American singer Michael Jackson waves to fans outside Madame Tussauds wax museum as he goes to unveil a new likeness of himself at the museum.

Why are we bothering to look at the real thing when there's a waxwork inside? Credit: Getty

1986

Harrods department store.

1987

The hustle and bustle of Piccadily Circus.

1988

The Tower of London.

1989

A limousine belonging to US President George Bush Sr. parked outside 10 Downing Street during a visit by Bush to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The Nineties

1990

A couple kiss near police officers in the middle of the Poll Tax riot in the UK capital on March 31, 1990 in Trafalgar Square.

1991

HSTs stand at the buffer stops at Kings Cross Station, London.

1992

Rush hour at London's Liverpool Street Station.

1993

Ticket barrier at Kings Cross St Pancras underground station with commuters.

1994

Bond Street.

1995

50 year commemoration of VE Day.

1996

An aerial view of the construction of the new Court One in preparation for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on April 4, 1996 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon.

Wimbledon's Court One receives a face-lift Credit: Getty

1997

A sea of floral tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales, lie outside the gates of her London home. The flowers began to arrive soon after news of Diana's death, in a Paris car crash, reached Britain.

1998

Phone boxes stand side-by-side on the Strand.

1999

Erection of the London Eye in Waterloo.

The Noughties

2000

The newly opened Millennium Dome on the Greenwich peninsula.

2001

Cranes on City Dock, Docklands.

2002

The River Thames at sunset.

2003

Tourists sitting in Piccadilly Circus during the summer.

2004

View of the London skyline from the Battersea Power Station. The industrial landmark is being redeveloped into a huge leisure and residential complex, cultural centre and five-star hotel.

A view of the capital's ever-expanding skyline Credit: Getty

2005

Moor House opens in Moorgate.

2006

The Emirates Stadium in Ashburton Grove, north London, becomes the new home of Arsenal Football Club.

2007  

Oxford Street and Regent Street are pedestrianised for the day.

2008

An aeroplane flies over rooftops near Heathrow Airport.

2009  

The new Oxford Circus crossing.

Present day

2010

A sightseeing boat in the lock at Camden Market.

2011  

Bunting hangs on Regent Street in preparation for the Royal wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton.

2012

Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the athletes and fans during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes.

2013

The Shard becomes the tallest building in the UK.

A verified whopper. The Shard, at 310 metres, towers over the London skyline Credit: Getty

2014

Building works at Battersea Power Station continue.

2015

London Skyline featuring St Paul's Cathedral and the newly-renovated Sea Containers House on the south bank of the Thames.

2016

The British people voted to leave the European Union in a referendum.

2017

New Year’s Day over Tower Bridge.

2018

We decided that this year should be decided by you, Telegraph readers. What should be the image of London to define 2018? Leave a comment below to let us know, or tag your suggested photo with #telegraphtravel on Instagram.