Photos capture the London Underground in the 1970s

Photos capture the London Underground in the 1970s


A new book celebrates the London Underground in the 70s (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)

The London Underground is such an iconic part of the city that it’s hard to imagine London without it.

Since its inception in 1863, it’s been helping workers along their commute, taking tourists to see the sights, and bringing citydwellers home for tea, all with its classic seat fabrics and calls to mind the gap.

But the Tube has been through some changes over the years.

Back in the 1970s, for example, yes, you’d still get the drunken dancing on the Northern Line, but you’d also spy the driver smoking a pipe. There weren’t contactless card payments back then – you’d need to fish around in your pockets for a 20p coin.

To transport us back to that time, photographer Mike Goldwater has published London Underground 1970-1980, a book that – as the name suggests – is filled with pictures of our underground railroad system back in the day.

You can take a look at some of our favourite shots below and buy the book to pore over more.

London Underground 1970-1980 by Mike Goldwater is published by Hoxton Mini Press.

Yep, cats were allowed. This little guy is at Baker Street station in 1979 (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
People have long been using those seats for a post-work snooze (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
Boys on their way to Wembley Park (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
Here’s Moorgate station in 1973 (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
It’s still not a good idea to slide down the escalators at Kings Cross (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
Westbourne Park, 1979 (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
A driver smoking a pipe as he pulls into Oxford Circus on the Victoria line (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
A beggar at Tottenham Court Road (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
The Northern line, 1974 (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)

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A kiss at Holborn (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
And more PDA at Oxford Circus in 1979 (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)
Imagine having to carry around change for the Tube (Picture: Mike Goldwater/Hoxton Mini Press)

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