To celebrate the latest update to its Streetmuseum app, the Museum of London has released a series of photographs providing an insight into how much London has changed over the last 150 years.

Released in 2010, Streetmuseum is an iPhone app that allows you to step back in time and explore how London once looked.

Point your phone’s camera at a present-day location and the GPS-based app will overlay older photographs, enabling you to juxtapose the past with the present.

Version 2.0 of the app includes 100 new locations and photographs ranging from 1868-2003.  

These include landmarks Victoria Station (1950) Tower Bridge (c.1930) and Brick Lane (1957), as well as key moments in London’s social history such as Richmond mods in 1964 and Ealing Suffragettes in 1912.

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One particular image showing the altered face of the city's stations is of London Bridge Station from 1930 together with one from the present day. Where it once loudly proclaimed it was a 'Southern Railway' building, the station now has a more modern glass exterior and the Shard directly above dominating a large part of its front.

Another image shows the dramatic difference between what Hyde Park looked like in 1956 and what it looks like today with cars and roads replacing grass where Londoners enjoyed the sunshine on deckchairs and an Odeon cinema close by.

Among the sixteen images is one of Charing Cross Road showing that with time not only have buildings changed but also society's attitudes towards sex. In the juxtaposed image, the current licensed sex shop becomes the Foyles bookshop it was in 1935.

Anna Sparham, curator of photographs at the Museum of London, said: “Our collection provides a fabulous visual history of London, across all aspects of London life. Streetmuseum 2.0 allows these photographs to be seen by a new audience, and in a thrilling context.”

Photographers include Henry Grant, Wolfgang Suschitsky, Roger Mayne and George Davison Read.

Streetmuseum 2.0 is available to download now from the iTunes store.

London past and present – launch gallery.