Explore the world's largest collection of London images online - tracing London ancestors

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16 December 2016
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©-London-Met-Archives-59023-22130.JPG A couple pose in their house, next to the fireplace. Albury Street, Deptford, 1911
Collage, the London Picture Archive brings together more than a quarter of a million images of London dating from 1450 through to the present day.

Collage - the London Picture Archive brings together more than a quarter of a million images of London dating from 1450 through to the present day. The website, which is drawn from the collections of the London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery, includes over 150,000 historical pictures of London streets, and 1,000 maps.

The whole of Greater London is covered, including the adjoining counties. 

Visitors to the website can access images of buildings and places which no longer exist through the London Picture Map section of the site, which allows users to view pictures from various neighbourhoods in years gone by.

You can search by street name, keyword, subject or collection, or simply enjoy browsing the different galleries of life in London over the centuries, which include:

  • Iconic London landmarks
  • First World War
  • London Fire Brigade 1866-2016
  • Victorian London in photographs

Laurence Ward, Head of Digital Services at London Metropolitan Archives, said: ‘We’re delighted to make these incredible collections freely available through the new website. The images tell the story of the growth and development of London and give us insights into all aspects of life in the capital, from the Tudor City to the first tube line, bringing to life nearly twenty generations of Londoners and the city they called home.’

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Find out more about bygone London on the Charles Booth's London website.

(Images copyright London Metropolitan Archives)