In Photos: Life In Victorian London

The Victorian era is one of England’s most famous time periods and studied the world over. It was a time of relative peace, we were introduced to the all seeing eye of Sherlock Holmes and we became obsessed with the paranormal.

London itself faced a deadly battle with smallpox, built new tube lines underground, and started experimenting with style at fashion houses. Take a look at this gallery to see life in Victorian London.

A woman walking in Hyde Park in summer, 1895
Source Amateur CasualUpper Richmond Road, London, 1895
Source Amateur CasualTower Bridge construction, 1892
Source Jackieboy86A shoe salesman with a 1.2 metre square shoe shop, 1900
Source Amateur CasualVictorian horse-drawn omnibuses at London Bridge, 1900
Source Michelle HiggsSherbert (lemonade) seller, London, 1884
Source Amateur CasualA cyclist riding a penny farthing over Hammersmith Bridge
Source VintagOld postal sorting room
Source OnelondononeA sightseeing coach tour, 1900
Source Discovering LondonVictorian public disinfectors sanitize the streets after an outbreak of smallpox
Source VintagDorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers, seven-times Wimbledon champion, c.1904
Source Amateur CasualA bus makes its way down Fleet Street towards Ludgate Hill Circus and St Paul’s Cathedral, London, circa 1888
Source VintagVictorian cyclists, Illustrated London News, 1898
Source Brit Lib PublishingExterior of Liverpool Street Station in London which is run by Great Eastern Railway and connects passengers with the south east
Source VintagSewer worker, 1950
Source LondonhistorianTraffic on a street in London’s Piccadilly circa 1890
Source VintagSource VintagMiddle Temple, 1890s
Source Joe FlanaganA Victorian cabmens’ shelter, c.1900
Source Michelle HiggsLondon as a Second Venice, Harmsworth Magazine, London, 1899 – not terrible for Victorian photoshopping skills
Source LondonhistorianViews of Regent Street, c 1900
Source Amateur CasualDistrict Line construction outside Somerset House, 1869
Source PinterestTraffic on Regent Circus, now known as Oxford Circus, 1888
Source VintagEdgware High Street, London, 1890
Source VintagBermondsey Street. This was not a very desirable area in Victorian times, and many writers documented the smell of rotten Thames water.
Source Amateur CasualToy seller, King William Street, London, 1884
Source Amateur CasualVictorian trick cyclists performing a balancing act, 1891
Source VintagTraffic on London Bridge, circa 1890
Source VintagMatch seller, Ludgate Hill, 1892
Source Nika GarrettHorse drawn buses passing a group of sandwich board men down Regent Quadrant, London
Source VintagThe drawing room at 18 Clarendon Square, 1890
Source Clc ArchiveLeicester Square, 1883
Source Amateur CasualTraders at London’s busy market in Covent Garden, circa 1890
Source VintagRegent Street, circa 1890
Source VintagA Victorian fruit seller, 1873
Source VintagSource VintagCheapside, 1880
Source Amateur CasualSt James’s Theatre was demolished in 1957. It was a favourite of Oscar Wilde
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