There's a piece on the excellent Spitalfields Life blog about east end pubs now and then. Spitalfields Life Contributing Photographer Alex Pink selected photographs of pubs from the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archive and then set out with his camera to discover which ones were still serving.
The pictures include the Wieden+Kennedy local - The Golden Heart. Here it is in 1953:
And here's how it looks today:
Not that different. But how fascinating it would be to be able to stroll down Hanbury Street 1953 and see the rest of the neighbourhood. What we need is a Google Streetview time machine.