London’s newest pocket park has a display of some of it’s oldest photos at the moment.

The outdoor photographic exhibition in Aldgate Square features some of the first images of London and Londoners, including Victorian families living in slums, and the construction of the capital’s first underground railway.

The display, Victorian London in Photographs, which is presented by the City of London’s London Metropolitan Archives, brings together a range of images from its collections in Clerkenwell.

Some of the highlights include Tower Bridge, Crystal Palace and Blackwall Tunnel under construction; studio portraits; and reminding us of the darker side of Victorian London, images of London’s poor living in back streets.

Of special note in historical terms, is the view of The Monument from the 1840s – the earliest photograph of the City of London in LMA’s collections.

The free exhibition runs until 12 August at Aldgate Square, before moving to Paternoster Square next to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where it runs from 14 August to 23 August.


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