London shopping: the bygone years


As London’s newest retail experience launches, we reach back into the archives for its oldest

Right now thousands of retail-hungry shoppers are feverishly making their way around the 1.9 million square feet of Westfield Stratford City. The supermall may well represent the future of high street shopping, as it battles with the internet to make spending your money as tantalising as possible.

But what about the spending activities of yesteryear?

As those inaugural visitors wander to and from some of the 300 shops at Westfield Stratford City today, they’ll be walking alongside iconic black and white images of London’s retail past.

The gallery of vintage stills put on by Getty Images and Nikon will showcase a unique selection of London’s most iconic photography from the past honouring the capital’s rich visual history, and reflecting East London’s creative spirit. We’ve picked out some of Getty’s best images, that capture some of the shinning moments of London’s retail past – the frantic, the sentimental and the downright decadent.

Adrian Murrell, senior vice president of global editorial at Getty Images, says: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of the launch of Westfield Stratford City by being able to showcase London’s most iconic imagery through our prestigious exhibition space, opening up the doors to our vast photography archive. 

“We believe our content will help inspire Londoners to get further excited about the impending London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the magnificent city which we are living in.”