This period saw the first motor vehicles on London's city streets, gradually replacing horse-drawn taxis, carts and buses.
Selfridges lift, 1928
This elegantly decorated lift was installed in the Selfridges department store in 1928. The panels depict cranes and the signs of the zodiac.
Step back in time with our Booth Poverty Map interactive
The Descriptive Map of London Poverty compiled by Charles Booth in 1889 showed the extremes of affluence and squalor in London. Explore it & find where you would have lived.
Banner from the Suffragette display
Part of one of the most complete displays of suffragette material in Britain. Find out more about the 1000 women who suffered imprisonment in their fight for the right to vote.
Explore the Victorian Walk
Our immersive Victorian Walk experience recreates the winding streets of 19th century London. Do a little window shopping at the toyshop, tobacconist, tailor or pawnbroker and get a taste of life in Victorian London.
See the Victorian barber's chair
A dozen Victorian street trades are built into the Victorian Walk, from a barber to an old-fashioned toy-shop.
Suffragette hunger strike medal, 1912
This hunger-strike medal was presented to the suffragette Florence Haig on her release from prison. Suffragettes refused food in prison to protest against political oppression of women.
Women in a shelter: 1941, painted by Henry Moore.
Artist Henry Moore created a series of drawings illustrating London during the Second World War. Here Londoners are shown sleeping in improvised shelters in tube stations during the Blitz.
Reconstructed Lyon's corner house
This window dates from 1922 and comes from J. Lyons Corner House restaurant in Coventry Street near Piccadilly Circus.
Step inside our Blitz interactive
Explore the stories of Londoners during the Second World War. A fifty kilogram German-made incendiary bomb, Sprengbrand C50, hangs in mid-air.
The gallery is open during the museum's normal hours:
10am – 5.40pm
The gallery is on the lower ground floor and can be accessed by lift.
Entry free, no ticket required.
Also of interest
London's lost landscape
See our free display of the epic Prévost panorama.