Explore Victorian London, Victorian Street, and more!

Child labour: The book shows children at work - a common sight in Victorian London. Pictured right is a boot shiner, called an 'independent ...

Dickens' London brought to life

London,Victorian Era - An Italian harpist entertaining local children on the street. Original Artwork: From 'Street Life In London' by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith (Photo by John Thomson/Getty Images)

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Dramatic Shoe-Black A street trader and shoeshine in Victorian London. (Photo by John Thomson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

Great Images of London at time of Charles Dickens!   Leather workers in Bermondsey, 1862.

One of the earliest photographs recording a London industry, this picture is one of a series taken by Geoffrey Bevington, a leather merchant and tanner from Bermondsey. Bermondsey was the capital's leather processing centre

Postman late 1850s.

British Postman and pillar box, late by British Postal Museum & Archive. Note his hat and coat/trousers; emigrants took their normal clothing with them to Utah!

Whitechapel ~ 1888. The year of Jack the Ripper.

- the year of the Jack the Ripper murders and a group of children huddle by the wall in a Whitechapel slum.


In Victorian London, small green huts built to prevent horse drawn cab drivers from drinking on duty

An Old Clothes Shop, Seven Dials

"Street Life in London" by John Thomson An Old Clothes Shop, St Giles - “As a rule, secondhand clothes shops are far from distinguished in their cleanliness, and are often the fruitful medium for the propagation of fever, smallpox &c.

These fascinating black and white pictures taken by photographer John Thompson show the reality of existence in the 1800s when photography was in its infancy. In 1876 he set out with writer Adolphe Smith and together the pair spoke to people and the shots were later published in magazine, Street Life in London. The pictures, now stored at the Bishopsgate Institute, capture the lives of street beggars, chimney sweeps, street doctors and market sellers among many others.

The exotic down and outs of Victorian London

Photographer: John Thomson The Street Fruit Trade [Street Life in London] 1877 Woodburytype