London – fifty years on – 1965 vs 2015

How much has London really changed in the past 50 years? We take a look back at London in 1965 and how it compares to the present day – you’ll be surprised by the findings!

1965 was a significant year for London, we said goodbye to iconic leader Sir Winston Churchill who passed away aged 90.  The midst of the swinging 60’s were happening with top fashion boutiques, record shops and trendy hairdressers popping up all over the capital.  The Beatles were in their hay day, Ken Dodd was topping the UK music charts, and the hit film The Sound of Music was released at the cinema.  Fast forward 50 years to 2015, and the population living in London has reached 8.6 million the highest it has been in over 76 years. The buildings have got considerably taller and we now pay over 113 times more to use the tube. Our Queen, Elizabeth II, has become the longest reigning British monarch and a great grandmother to 5!

Central London Apartments - London 50 years on infographic


  •  Heathrow airport now has 15 times as many passengers!
  • The cost of a pint of beer has gone up by 4900%!
  • A loaf of bread has gone up by 2600% – if it goes up the same rate in the next 50 years we could be paying £35 for a loaf in 2065.
  • The highest paid footballer in London in 2015 Cesc Fabregas earns 177900% more than Johnny Hayes of Fulham did in 1965.
  • In 1965 men were paid on average 90% more than women, compared to 20% more today
  • Britain was using pre decimal coins until 1971. In 1965 Farthings, pennies, shillings and crowns were used instead of the current pence and decimal pounds. (1 shilling is equivalent to around 5 pence.)
  • The BT Tower opened in 1965 and was the tallest building in London. This is now The Shard which is over 100 metres taller.
  • Now known more for his stand-up comedy and ‘tickling stick’ – in 1965 Ken Dodd had the best-selling song of the year in the UK.

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