LONDON – THEN AND NOW
Charting the changes along the capital’s waterways and contrasting the scenes of three decades ago with today’s canal scene
There have been many changes to London’s canals since waterways enthusiast Tim Lewis first began photographing the capital’s navigations in the 1980s and early 1990s. Locks in East London have been rescued from dereliction, many once-empty stretches of water are now full of boats, the 2012 Olympics have made their mark, and almost everywhere old industry has been replaced by modern development – not always to everyone’s taste. We’ve been back to the same locations Tim photographed today, to try to match his pictures as closely as possible with new shots of the same views today – here are a selection showing what’s changed on the London waterways scene, and what’s stayed the same.
PADDINGTON BASIN: in 1990 St Mary’s Hospital looked out across the basin to an empty space where warehouses and factories had been demolished, and the only modern feature was the footbridge. Today it’s dwarfed by new buildings including the Marks &...
CAMDEN LOCK: in 1984 revellers from the Market could hang around on the locksides; today railings keep them at bay. Waterside factories have given way to new developments - if you can see them for the willow trees after 34 years of growth