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110-year-old video shows London at the turn of the century

A series of photos and footage of London around the time of the turn of the century have re-emerged today, giving us a fresh insight into what the capital looked like before the 20th century.

The 110-year-old footage, attained by archives, shows a busy London junction in the early 1900s, with several horse and carriages taking the place of the motorcars that fill the London streets today. Well-dressed men and women wear top hats and as they cross the busy road, going about their days.

As well as the rare video, a series of black and white images from between the years 1895 and 1908 show how London has transformed in the past hundred years through experiences such as the Blitz, making turn-of-the-century London so indistinguishable from the city we see today.

Several iconic locations in the west end, shown in these pictures, were damaged during WWII including Oxford and Regent streets and Piccadilly Circus. Between September 1940 and May 1941 the Luftwaffe made 127 large-scale night raids, 71 of which targeted London leaving several buildings reduced to shells of their former glory. 

On the night that the Luftwaffe launched their heaviest raid, over 700 tons of high explosives and 86,000 incendiaries were dropped across London. 

A view of passenger boats passing by Westminster palace from across the Thames in 1890

A view of passenger boats passing by Westminster palace from across the Thames in 1890

Horse-drawn carriages whizz past the much-loved Eros statue among the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus in 1909

Horse-drawn carriages whizz past the much-loved Eros statue among the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus in 1909

A ship passes under London bridge as busy pedestrians and street merchants prepare for Christmas in 1896

A ship passes under London bridge as busy pedestrians and street merchants prepare for Christmas in 1896

The Palace of Westminster suffered major damage in the raid with the Houses of Parliament hit repeatedly, the House of Commons

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