Past: The images give historians an insight into a London that has been lost to time.
The pictures come from a book called London Night published in 1934 and recently unearthed by library staff in the capital
Portrait of a city: From Victorian sergeants to the New Romantics, the fascinating pictures that chart the changing face of London. As English author Samuel Johnson once said: 'By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.' It is a view captured gloriously in a new book which charts the history of the capital from the 19th century to the present day in a series of iconic images. Constantly evolving, yet always unmistakeably London, the pictures take the reader on a journey through the capital's changing landscapes from the taverns of the Victorian era to the Houses of Parliament, the psychedelia of The Beatles to the new romanticism of the 80s and beyond. They feature in London: Portrait Of A City, published by Taschen, which describes the book as a tribute to the 'bulldog spirit of the people that have stayed constant' throughout that time. Here is a selection of photographs that appear in the fascinating book.
Dapper chaps: This picture of recruiting sergeants outside the Mitre & Dove in King Street, London, in 1877 features in a new book charting the history of London from the Victorian era to the present day
Iconic symbol of London: The official opening of Tower Bridge on June 30, 1894 at a ceremony led by the then Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, and his wife, The Princess of Wales
Evocative: A woman cuts a solitary figure in the middle of Trafalgar Square at night in a photograph taken in 1910
Hustle and bustle: A trader on a horse and trap outside Long Acre in Covent Garden circa 1930. The publishers say the new book, London: Portrait Of A City, is a tribute to the 'bulldog spirit' of the capital's inhabitants. As the world's cameras turn towards London for the Olympics, Tate Britain is glancing back to show how the capital changed between 1930 and 1980.
The 180 photographs in the exhibition, opening the same day as Danny Boyle's £27m opening ceremony is set the dazzle the globe, were taken entirely by international photographers casting an eye over the London they encountered on their worldwide travels. Works by legendary names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn and Bruce Davidson will spend the summer in Tate Britain's Linbury Gallery in a chronologically-arranged show depicting a vibrant city's transformation from a place yet to know the horrors of the second world war to the time of Margaret Thatcher. Another London: International Photographers Capture City Life 1930-1980 opens at Tate Britain on Friday July 27 and runs until Sunday September 16.
This 1966 photo by Milon Novotny captures a toothless top-hatted man among crockery during trading at Middlesex Market
Wolfgang Suschitzky, 1942, From St Paul's: the eastwards view from St Paul's cathedral towards Tower Bridge shows post-Blitz London, with the rubble from the Luftwaffe's sustained bombing campaign largely cleared so traffic can again make its way through. The 1940s view from the cathedral gives a clear sight-line to the Monument to 1666's Great Fire of London, which can be seen to the left of Tower Bridge.
American photographer Al Vandenberg moved to London in the early 1960s. This untitled photo shows three youths stood next to an advert for a shop on Archway Road.
Markéta Luskacová moved to London from Prague in 1970. This 1979 shot, called Cafe on Bethnal Green Road, shows customers in flat caps and big coats in the east end.
People Round A Fire, Spitalfields market is another Markéta Luskacová work capturing east London life
Lutz Dille, Untitled, 1961: the German-born photographer travelled widely, moving to Canada in 1958 before settling in Europe and setting up home in Wales
Another exhibition entry by Lutz Dille, also listed as Untitled, 1961 shows a gentleman in top and tails smoking a cigarette as he holds his gloves and cane outside a branch of the old Midland Bank. An Evening Standard news stand can be spotted next to the flower stall behind him
Lutz Dille, Untitled, 1962. The photographer snaps two young men in another example of the street photography exemplified by the Tate Britain exhibition
Suschitzky's Festival of Britain from 1951 gives exhibition visitors a glance at how the government tried to boost British morale after WWII
Wolfgang Suschitzky caught this shop Paddington's Bishopsgate Road in 1934. Cinema adverts propped up outside promote local screenings
A couple caught on film by Ghanain photographer James Barnor, Untitled #11. Barnor moved to the UK to teach at the Medway College of Art, Kent - now part of the University of the Creative Arts.
Suschitzky's New Monument station shows a horse and cart sharing the road with cars and cyclists - a far cry from the area these days
Elliot Erwitt's Bus Stop, London from 1962 captures a rainy day
The white stuff: A milk bar in Bear Street, central London c.1936. Milk bars grew in popularity during the 1930s, when public health became an important social issue, as they sold exotic milk-based drinks for adults
Bright futures on the horizon: Nannies looking after their charges beside the Serpentine in Hyde Park in 1938
Power structure: A man looks across the River Thames towards Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in 1939 on the eve of the Second World War
Letting off steam: Crowds flock to Battersea Funfair, which was opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, a national exhibition held give Britons a feeling of recovery in the aftermath of the war
Psychedelic: The Beatles' Apple store on the corner of Paddington Street and Baker Street in 1967. The shop was one of the first business ventures made by the band's fledgling Apple Corps
Bobby on the job: A policeman directs traffic near St St Paul's Cathedral in front of an inconic London Routemaster bus in the 1960s
Trading stories: The Punch Tavern on Fleet Street in 1969, a classic hang-out for journalists whether it be in between editions or at the end of the working week
Dollybird days: Actress Charlotte Rampling in circa 1967 before she shot to fame in Luchino Visconti's 1969 film The Damned
Time for a shift half? Gentlemen congregate outside the Good Mixer pub in Camden Town in 1971
New Romantics: A girl poses up against the iconic image of the London Tube map in 1981