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An Evening Stroll Around London’s West-End in November 1955

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Allan Hailstone was born in Coventry but visited London numerable times before becoming a student at London University in 1957. Wherever he went he always took his camera and would eventually take hundreds of photographs of the capital.  On the evening of 5th November he went on a stroll around the brightly lit West End and here are some of his pictures he took that night…

Leicester Square, London, 5 November 1955

The Empire Theatre on the north side of Leicester Square. The Queen’s Corner bar had no toilets and customers had to use the public conveniences in the Square

 

Cafe de Paris, Coventry Street, London, 5 November 1955

Café de Paris on Coventry Street

 

Charing Cross Road 2 5th November 1955

Leicester Square tube station looking south on Charing Cross Road.

 

Charing Cross Road 5th November 1955

Charing Cross Road

 

Cinerama, Casino Cinema, Soho, London, 5 November 1955

Cinerama, Casino Cinema on Old Compton Street in Soho.

 

Coventry Street cnr. Haymarket, London, 5 November 1955

Coventry Street corner, Haymarket.

 

Coventry Street, London, 5 November 1955

Coventry Street

 

Cranbourne Street 5th November 1955

The Silver Snack Bar on Cranbourne Street, where in 1955 you could buy sausages, chips and beans costing 2 shillings and 3 pence.

 

Frith Street, Soho, London, 5 November 1955

Frith Street in Soho

 

Odeon cinema, Marble Arch 5 November 1955

The Odeon cinema at Marble Arch

 

Oxford Street, 5 Nov 1955 now Primark S. Side nr Marble Arch

C & A’s on Oxford Street near Marble Arch. It’s a Primark now.

 

Palace Theatre 5th November 1955

The Palace Theatre at Cambridge Circus

 

Piccadilly Circus, London, 5 November 1955

Piccadilly Circus

 

Selfridges Oxford Street 5 Nov 1955

Selfridges on Oxford Street.

 

Allan Hailstone's Portrait of a City published in 2014 by Amberley Publishing.

Allan Hailstone’s Portrait of a City published in 2014 by Amberley Publishing.

See more of Allan Hailstone’s pictures on flickr.