The 16 Most Delightfully British Photos Of All Time

Curated for BuzzFeed by Retronaut.

1. A woman drinking tea during the Blitz.

ID: 1276865

2. The Beatles riding donkeys at the seaside.

Weston-Super-Mare, July 1963.

ID: 1277406

3. Skinheads and hippies, Piccadilly Circus.

Photographed by Terry Spencer, 1969.

ID: 1292711

4. Ducks at Buckingham Palace.


ID: 1292714

5. A London bus stops for a London bus.

A postcard from the 1960s.

ID: 1292726

6. A Rolls-Royce on Carnaby Street.

Photographed by Arby Reed, 1968.

ID: 1292730

7. Space Hopper astronauts.

1970. Boys in a Glasgow back court show off their Christmas presents, which include astronaut suits and Space Hoppers.

ID: 1292768

8. Covent Garden in the ’60s.

Photo by Clive Boursnell, © 2008 Market Photos Limited.

ID: 1292776

9. Building the World Unicorn.

Wallsend shipyard, Tyneside in 1973. Via Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

ID: 1292787

10. The Beatles play to eighteen people in Aldershot.

9th December, 1961.

ID: 1292795

11. Hypnotised driver, Torquay.

“Hypnotist Henry Blythe, gives his daughter Sally, 17, advice before she starts a driving lesson at Torquay, England, January 15, 1960. Blythe says he hypnotizes her as he has some 40 other new drivers, all of whom have passed their test.”

ID: 1292800

12. Rockers go to church.

These are members of the The 59 Club, a motorcyle gang based in the East End of London. It started out as a Church of England-based youth club, and went on to play a key role in the birth of the “rockers” subculture.

ID: 1292810

13. Carrots on sticks.

Photographed in 1941, when rationing meant children has to settle for less appetising treats than they were used to.

ID: 1292813

14. A beggar runs alongside King George V’s coach.

Epsom Races, 1920. Photo via Nationaal Archief.

ID: 1292818

15. Cricket in top hats.

Mirrorpix /


ID: 1292819

16. Brighton Swimming Club.


ID: 1292823

For more delightful old photos, visit Retronaut.

ID: 1292880

Check out more articles on!

Luke Lewis is the executive editor of BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
  Your Reaction?


    Now Buzzing