Picture yourself in the past with 'time machine' app

London Bridge c.1930 and 2014
London Bridge c.1930 and 2014 Photo: Museum of London

London's streets are full of fascinating stories from the past. And now, a mobile phone app allows anyone visiting the capital to glimpse the sights as never before, by combining past and present.

Gloucester Road Station 1868 and 2014
Gloucester Road Station 1868 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London

The app delves into the Museum of London's extensive collection of photographs and art, overlaying the hustle and bustle of London streets with how they looked decades ago.

Cheapside 1893 and 2014
Cheapside 1893 and 2014 Credit: Paul Martin / Museum of London
Duncannon Street 1902 and 2014
Duncannon Street 1902 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London

Users can see first-hand the fascinating hidden histories of the capital while traversing its streets, and walk side-by-side with inhabitants from years gone by.

Oxford Street c.1903 and 2014
Oxford Street c.1903 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London

By using the "3D view" button, the app will recognise your location and overlay the historic image over the current view - augmenting the reality that the smartphone camera perceives.

Bow Lane c.1930 and 2014
Bow Lane c.1930 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London
Blackfriars station c.1930 and 2014
Blackfriars station c.1930 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London

The Streetmuseum app was originally launched in 2010. This update includes 103 new photos to allow user to build up a better picture of how the capital has changed over the last 100 years.

Covent Garden c.1930 and 2014
Covent Garden c.1930 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London
London Bridge c.1930 and 2014
London Bridge c.1930 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London

Download the Museum of London's Streetmuseum 2.0 iPhone App

Tower Bridge c.1920 and 2014
Byward Street c.1930 and 2014
Byward Street c.1930 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London
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Charing Cross Road c.1935 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London
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Victoria Station 1950 and 2014 Credit: Henry Grant Collection / Museum of London
Piccadilly Circus 1953 and 2014
Piccadilly Circus 1953 and 2014 Credit: Wolf Suschitzky / Museum of London
Hyde Park 1956 and 2014
Hyde Park 1956 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London
Brick Lane 1957 and 2014
Brick Lane 1957 and 2014 Credit: Roger Mayne / Museum of London
Palace Theatre 1958 and 2014
Palace Theatre 1958 and 2014 Credit: Museum of London / Estate of Bob Collins