St. Giles High Street, London, 1 August 1955
The half of St. Giles High Street furthest from the camera was demolished for the building of the office block Centre Point, which lay unoccupied for many years. The area is now a turn-round road system for buses, and is one of the ugliest parts of Central London.
The Anchor Cafe on the left became Forbidden Planet many years later. A photo of the interior of the Anchor Cafe can be seen at:
In the 1700s and 1800s this area was one of the worst slum areas in London, and was the location which William Hogarth's print of "Gin Lane" depicted.
To see how this street looked at the end of 2008, see:
This and many other of my photographs are featured in my book "London, Portrait of a City, 1950 to 1962" (Allan Hailstone, publ. Amberley Publishing), together with the story of how I came to photograph them and my memories of past London.