Blue Plaques

Composite showing a selection of blue plaques

London’s Blue Plaques

London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present. Now run by English Heritage, the London blue plaques scheme is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world, and celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

Across the capital over 900 plaques, on buildings humble and grand, honour the notable men and women who have lived or worked in them. Discover some of the people commemorated with blue plaques, or search for a plaque, below.

The official blue plaques iPhone app is now available to download from the Apple App Store

Blue Plaques App

The official blue plaques app is now available to download for free for iPhone and Android. Use the app to follow a guided walk which unlocks the stories of Soho’s former residents, or explore all of the 900 plaques by finding ones nearby and searching for your favourite figures from history. 

From Sylvia Pankhurst’s former home in Chelsea to Jimi Hendrix’s flat in Mayfair, let English Heritage’s blue plaques guide you through the streets of London.

Download the free app now from the Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android.

Sir George Grove’s plaque was unveiled at 14 Westwood Hill, Sydenham

New Blue Plaques

The plaque to music promoter and writer Sir George Grove was officially unveiled on 5th July 2016. Grove moved to 14 Westwood Hill in Sydenham in order to be closer to the Crystal Palace, where he was instrumental in organising regular music concerts. He later wrote the Dictionary of Music and Musicians – now often referred to simply as Grove

This year has also seen new plaques awarded to:

Sir Frederick Ashton

Dame Margot Fonteyn

Elizabeth David

Tommy Cooper

Samuel Beckett

Patrick Blackett

Benjamin Baker 

London’s Sporting Heroes

Blue Plaque Stories

Emmeline Pankhurst is arrested outside Buckingham Palace, 1914

Behind every plaque is a story. From the creative output of international composers to the campaigns for women’s rights, discover the personal journeys and historic achievements of London’s notable former residents with our series of in depth articles.



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