Turkeys are auctioned in Smithfield market on 21 December 1968. Shoppers walk past on 23 November 2017

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Turkeys are auctioned in Smithfield market on 21 December 1968. Shoppers walk past on 23 November 2017

Father Christmas carries his sack of gifts through wartime London on 23 December 1940. He has exchanged his civilian red hood for a military-style tin hat as the blitz rocked the capital. Shoppers walk along Regent Street on 24 November 2017

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Father Christmas carries his sack of gifts through wartime London on 23 December 1940. He has exchanged his civilian red hood for a military-style tin hat as the blitz rocked the capital. Shoppers walk along Regent Street on 24 November 2017

Two police officers look at a 64ft Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square on 1 December 1 1948. Tourists walk through the area on 23 November 2017

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Two police officers look at a 64ft Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square on 1 December 1 1948. Tourists walk through the area on 23 November 2017

Men dressed as Santa Claus wait for a bus in December 1960. Commuters wait at the same bus stop in Holborn on 24 November 2017

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Men dressed as Santa Claus wait for a bus in December 1960. Commuters wait at the same bus stop in Holborn on 24 November 2017

King’s College students sing carols outside the Old Curiosity Shop, as immortalised by Charles Dickens, on Portsmouth Street on 12 December 1956. The store was photographed again on 24 November 2014

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

King’s College students sing carols outside the Old Curiosity Shop, as immortalised by Charles Dickens, on Portsmouth Street on 12 December 1956. The store was photographed again on 24 November 2014

Christmas turkeys hang outside a poulterers in Watling Street in December 1923. The street has hardly changed by 23 November 2017

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Christmas turkeys hang outside a poulterers in Watling Street in December 1923. The street has hardly changed by 23 November 2017

Selfridges in Oxford Street is illuminated by Christmas decorations on 6 December 1935. The department store sparkles decades later, on 23 November 2017

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Selfridges in Oxford Street is illuminated by Christmas decorations on 6 December 1935. The department store sparkles decades later, on 23 November 2017

Stable companions appear in Song of the Drum at Drury Lane theatre in Endell Street on 30 December 1933. Text on the pavement marks a loading bay on 23 November 2017

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Horse, donkey, dog and camel: stable companions appear at Endell Street in not exactly what you might expect to see in the Covent Garden area these days Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Photographer Christopher Ratcliffe has digitally merged the past into the present in a series of Christmas scenes in the capital

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Photographer Christopher Ratcliffe has digitally merged the past into the present in a series of Christmas scenes in the capital

Crystal snowflakes and stars made of aluminium hang in Regent Street on 30 November 1955. Christmas shoppers walk past the same spot on 23 November 2017

Christmas in London: then and now – in pictures

Crystal snowflakes and stars made of aluminium hang in Regent Street on 30 November 1955. Christmas shoppers walk past the same spot on 23 November 2017

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