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Pictures Of London's Nightlife During Wartime, 1944

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[h=3]Pictures of London's Nightlife during Wartime, 1944[/h]

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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Night-lifers, servicemen & late-night war workers riding down escalators as they hurry to catch the last train home, at Piccadilly Circus underground station during WWII.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]People dancing to the music of orchestra on stage of Covent Garden Opera House after its conversion to a nightclub during wartime (WWII).[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]The "Blondes in the News" act in Jack Hylton's "Hi-De-Hi" at the Stoll.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Inga Andersen singing "The General Doesn't Like It in the Car" and "Hitler's Gone and Lost His Secret Weapon" at "Bagatelle" Restaurant off Berkely Street.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Girl talking with an American sailor.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Two American MPs in Picadilly examining leave passes.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Couple saying goodbye outside the Tube station entrance.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Two soldiers with their torch examine the menu of a lower Wardour Street restaurant.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]People hanging around outside Keith Prowse discussing which shows they should try to see.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Wounded soldier passed out on the street after hitting his head on the lamppost during the blackout.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Couples dancing the Jitterbug at the Paramount Dance Hall on Tottenham Court Road.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]The "Embassy Club" on Bond Street.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Couple embracing outside the stage door of Prince of Wales Theare in Lower Wardour Street.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Barman checking the label on a bottle of liquor belonging to a member who has sent the waiter for it.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Mad dance in Phylis Dixey's new show "Goodnight Ladies".[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Cast and audience of "Strike a new Note" at the Prince of Wales singing "The King" at the close of every public function.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Ally and other soldiers drinking in a bar.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Night-lifers, servicemen & late-night war workers riding down escalators as they hurry to catch the last train home, at Piccadilly Circus underground station during WWII.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]"Poor Man's" Club featuring a flashy bohemian-type pub theme.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Couples talking on the corner of Shaftesbury Ave and Dean Street.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Two girls standing outside Monico's in Picadilly.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Girl waiting outside the stagedoor of Windmill Theatre off Picadilly for a friend.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Stripper Phylis Dixey performing on stage.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Stripper Phyllis Dixey letting down the top of her dress and standing nude on stage at the Whitehall Theater.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Two African American soldiers crossing the Circus.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]African American soldier dancing with a British Women's Auxiliary Air Force member at Paramount Dance Hall.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Outside the Rainbow Corner, girls talking with men.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Soldiers crowding inside a Red Cross club, the Hans Crescent Club to listen to singer Joyce Grenfell.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Bottles at the "Coconut Grove" labeled with their owners' names.[/TD]
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[TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Girl dancing the Jitterbug at the Paramount Dance Hall on Tottenham Court Road.[/TD]
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(Photos by David E. Scherman, via LIFE archives)
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I can only imagine the parties that were going on in London during 1939-1945...wow. "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die" mentality, that.
 

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The Brits used to say about American soldiers, "They were overpaid, oversexed, and over here."