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11 awesome pictures of 1950s London looking cooler than today

As the austerity of the 1940’s released its grip on London fashion and music exploded, bringing with it rock n roll, Teddy Boys and greased comb-backs.

Here, we bring you 11 nostalgic pictures from the 1950’s of the city looking super slick and glamorous.

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A group playing and jiving in the street at a Fifties fair in Soho (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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25th November 1955: After leaving the ‘Club Americana’, a Saturday night jazz club open from midnight until 7am, American troops and their girlfriends say goodbye in Piccadilly Circus (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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10th July 1955: The first prizewinning tableau on parade through the streets of Soho at the opening of the Soho Fair (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images)

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1955: Danish trick cyclists Annell and Brask arrive at the Palladium on a penny-farthing bicycle from their act to beat transport problems during a rail strike (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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February 1952: A London Underground train at Piccadilly Circus underground station (Photo by Monty Fresco/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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5th September 1956: London’s youth hang out on the streets of Soho (Photo by Werner Rings/BIPs/Getty Images)
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February 1958: Singer and guitarist Bill Kent entertains some teenage fans in ‘The Two I’s Coffee Bar’ in Soho. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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A group of young women hanging out on the streets of Soho (Photo by Werner Rings/Getty Images)9

1st January 1955: Revellers cram into London’s Piccadilly Circus to count in the New Year (Photo by Harry Kerr/BIPs/Getty Images)

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December 1956: A young couple watch the world go by in London’s Piccadilly Circus (Photo by Werner Rings/BIPs/Getty Images)

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28th June 1952: Crowds at the open air children’s pool at Finchley Lido in north London, during a summer heat wave. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Article by: Kate Nelson

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