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8th August 1939: Painting street bollards white on a traffic island in Sloane Square, London in preparation for a practice blackout prior to WW II. (Photo by Stephenson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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The view east down Ludgate Hill in London, towards St Paul's Cathedral, 19th April 1941. Original Publication : Picture Post - 973 - London Carter - pub. 1941 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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Three children in Hyde Park, London, c1940. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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March 8th 1941: Nearly three hundred volunteers from the Lofoten Islands, who were brought back to England by the British Navy after the daring and successful raid on the Nazi controlled islands, are in London to join the Norwegian Forces here in the fight for the freedom of their country.' (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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9th September 1939: Housewives of Roupell Street, London, painting kerbs white to help night time traffic during WW II. (Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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28th August 1940: Four teachers of the Womens' League of Health and Beauty stretch over an exercise bar. They are being instructed by Lady Prunella Hamilton at a summer refresher course in London. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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Models leave London for South America to exhibit British fashions, 15th March 1941: The models left from a London station. (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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London, 27th September 1939: Coffee house protected with sandbags at the start of WWII. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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September 1939: Two elegant women shoppers in Bond street, London, carry gas masks in cardboard boxes slung over their shoulders. (Photo by Davis/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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January 1940, London: Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard seen leaving a London hotel to go to Buckingham Palace to lunch with the Royal Family. (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) #london #war #East_End

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