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12 images showing how London used to celebrate Christmas

This set of black and white photographs shows how London celebrated Christmas during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

They come from the Museum of London's unique photography collection, which provides a glimpse into all aspects of London life during the second half of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The photographs have been released to mark the opening of the Museum of London Docklands' Santa's Grotto, which opens this Saturday until Monday 23 December 2013

1952: Christmas trees in Covent Garden Market

. Credit: Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London

1953: Selfridges in Christmas season

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1953: Christmas food hampers on display in Selfridges

. Credit: Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London

1953: Exterior Christmas display at Selfridges

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1954: Ice on Hampstead Heath

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1957: Christmas turkeys for sale

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1957: Children peer into Hamleys toy store window

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1957: Children peer into Hamley's toy store window

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1962: Decorating the classroom Christmas tree

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1965: Regent Street snowflake Christmas lights

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1969: Boys on a toboggan on Hampstead Heath

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1975: Children unwrap their Christmas presents

. Credit: Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London