Les Enfants Terribles fantastic pics / As fantásticas fotos de Les Enfants Terribles

Some days ago, Nika Garrett, a London guide (check out her website!), shared on Twitter some pictures published on the Les Enfants Terribles website.

They show London – specially Soho – mainly in the 60s and 70s, and they are amazing!

  • Elas mostram Londres – especialmente o bairro do Soho – principalmente nos anos 60 e 70, e são incríveis!

I haven’t found out who is behind this lovely page. Anyway, it is worthy visiting it – I’ve been doing it a lot.

  • Não sei quem está por trás dessa adorável página. De qualquer forma, vale a pena visitá-la – tenho visitado bastante.

I’m publishing some of its pictures here – they are all taken from Les Enfant Terribles website. Enjoy it!

  • Publico aqui algumas de suas fotos – foram todas tiradas do site Les Enfant Terribles. Divirta-se!
22nd February 1926:  Old Compton Street in London's Soho.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

22nd February 1926: Old Compton Street in London’s Soho (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

A view down Dean Street, Soho, London, August 1955. (Photo by BIPS/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A view down Dean Street, Soho, London, August 1955 (Photo by BIPS/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1956 jiving in soho square

1956 Jiving in Soho Square

1960's Carnaby Street

1960’s Carnaby Street

1973 Tottenham Court Road

1973 Tottenham Court Road

Flamingo

Flamingo

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History alive on the streets of London

Predictably, there are thousands of apps about London – if you want some reliable nominations, check the ‘Top 10 Free London Apps’ article by Visit London, the city’s official visitor guide.

But a few of them are as amazing and lovely as The Museum of London app, called Streetmuseum and available on Google Play and iTunes.

Firstly, let’s make things clear: I’m talking about the Museum of London, which is not the British Museum. Since I’ve seen Londoners making confusion between them, I thought it would be nice to specify. The London one tells the history of – guess what? – London (wow!), and it is close to St Paul’s tube station.

The app gives a unique perspective of old and new London, from the Great Fire of 1666 to the swinging sixties.

There are two ways of using it: once you select a destination from the map, a historical image of the location appears onscreen, with historical information. You do not have to be in London to use it. The pictures are splendid!

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Being in London, you can use the app’s augmented reality mode, which identifies your location and overlays the historic image over the current camera view. Just hold your camera up to the street scene and see the same location in the past. By tapping the information button, you get historical facts. Jaw dropping!

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Streetmuseum is not brand new; it has been updated with over 100 new locations and images, dating as far as back as 1868. Also, its locations have been expanded to outer boroughs as Richmond, Brent Cross and Ealing.

To promote it, the museum has released historic pictures of London juxtaposed with modern ones. It is magical to see how a city can change so much and so little!

Duncannon Street, Westminster, 1902. The street was decorated for the coronation ceremony of Edward VII

Duncannon Street, Westminster, 1902. The street was decorated for the coronation ceremony of Edward VII

 

Palace Theatre in 1958. Photographer: Bob Collins

Palace Theatre in 1958. Photographer: Bob Collins

 

Gloucester Road Station under construction in the late 1860. Photo by Henry Flather

Gloucester Road Station under construction in the late 1860. Photo by Henry Flather

 

A scene of Oxford Street in 1905 by Christina Broom

A scene of Oxford Street in 1905 by Christina Broom