Snapshot: 19 Photos of 1980s London

Life in 1980s London began with Margaret Thatcher having just been voted into office in 1979, the streets were lined in anticipation for Prince Charles and Lady Diana‘s wedding in 1981 and the punks became a driving force, musically and socially. Let’s head back to the streets of 1980s London with this photo album:

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greets the Queen Mum, 1980. (AP)

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greets the Queen Mum, 1980. (AP)

People camp out waiting for the royal wedding procession, 1981. (AP)

Campers wait for Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding procession, 1981. (AP)

A bunch of shirtless British boys celebrate the wedding between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. (AP)

A bunch of British boys celebrate after the Royal Wedding Procession, 1981. (AP)

Colorful punk style is on display in this group of marchers at the Youth Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's Rock the Bomb Festival of Peace in Brixton, London, May 7, 1983. (AP Photo/Press Association)

Punks march at the Rock the Bomb Festival of Peace in Brixton, 1983. (AP)

Argon, a walking, talking robot takes Penny, a Jack Russell dog, for a “glide” around the streets of Hammersmith, London on April 8, 1983. They were helping to promote “Pets Are Good For People”, the largest Veterinary Congress ever held in the UK which began at the Cunard Hotel. Guest speaker was Dean Leo Bustad, Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington, USA. (AP Photo)

Argon, a walking, talking robot goes for a walk in Hammersmith, London, 1983. (AP)

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A statue of Sir Winston Churchill looks across Parliament Square, 1983. (AP)

Britain’s Steve Jones crosses London’s Westminster bridge past the Houses of Parliament, as he approaches the finish line of the annual London Marathon on April 21, 1985. Jones won the race with a new best time for the event of two hours, eight minutes, and 16 seconds. (AP Photo/John Redman)

GB’s Steve Jones approaches the finish line to win the London Marathon, 1985. (AP)

The entrance to Annabel’s nightclub in Berkeley Square, London, England on July 17, 1986, where Princess Diana and royal bride-to-be Miss Sarah Ferguson astonished party-goers by arriving at the club disguised as policewomen at night. (AP Photo)

Princess Diana showed up at this nightclub dressed as a policewoman, 1986. (AP)

This is Whitehall in London, looking toward the Cenotaph and Trafalgar Square, 1986. (AP Photo)

A snap of Cenotaph and Trafalgar Square, 1986. (AP)

This is a view of the Mall, looking from Buckingham Palace toward Admiralty Arch in London, 1986. (AP Photo)

A view of the Mall, looking toward Admiralty Arch in London, 1986. (AP)

An ordinary landau takes the place of the Glass Coach in front of London’s Westminster Abbey on July 17, 1986 during a rehearsal for the July 23 wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. The full rehearsal took place shortly after dawn, with only the bride, groom and members of the Royal family plus the Gold Coach, which is never used for rehearsals, missing. (AP Photo/Gerald Penny)

Preparations begin for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s wedding, 1986. (AP)

Alone picket at the entrance to London?s Downing Street on June 8, 1987, the official London residence of the Prime Minister, represents the nations civil service union, the Society of Civil and Public Servants, who are on a 24-hour strike on Monday for better pay. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

The Society of Civil and Public Servants are on a 24-hour strike, 1987. (AP)

An unidentified motorist is given a parking ticket from a mounted policeman in front of St Paul's Cathedral in London on Monday, March 30, 1987. (AP Photo/Tony White)

A motorist is given a parking ticket in front of St Paul’s Cathedral, 1987. (AP)

Lunchtime traffic goes down London's Fleet Street - Britain's newspaper row - Jan. 27, 1987. The Times and the tabloid Sun have led an exodus from the capital's center to its Docklands area and new print technology, with the Daily Telegraph, at left, soon to follow. (AP Photo/Bob Dear)

Lunchtime traffic goes down London’s Fleet Street, 1987. (AP)

Bed and breakfast hotels used to house the homeless line a street in London's Bayswater district, Jan. 11, 1988. A growing tide of homeless threatens to burst through the social safety nets in several West European countries. (AP Photo/John Redman)

Bed and breakfast hotels line a street in London’s Bayswater, 1988. (AP)

A policeman stands outside the London headquarters of the Penguin Group, publisher of Salman Rushdie's controversial novel "The Satanic Verses," Feb. 15, 1989.  Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini has issued a fatwa against Rushdie, telling Muslims to kill the author for blaspheming against Islam.  (AP Photo/Tony White)

A policeman surveys the street scene, 1989. (AP)

Street scene of traffic flowing in Whitechapel Road in East London is shown, 1989. At center is a large mosque and Islamic center. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

Street scene of traffic flowing in Whitechapel Road in East London, 1989. (AP)

Shops and stores on Brick Lane in London are shown, 1989. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)

Shops and stores on Brick Lane, 1989. (AP)

Regent Street, one of London's busiest shopping districts, is decorated for Christmas, 1989. (AP Photo)

Regent Street is decorated for Christmas, 1989. (AP)

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