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 was started in 1866 and is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world.
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 Blue Plaques Book
The lives of London’s most significant residents are placed at your fingertips in this new book. With all 900-plus official plaques mapped onto the city, The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques is the definitive companion to London’s iconic memorials and the people who have helped shape the history of this city. Use it to explore the capital at street level, or read it in the comfort of your own home and discover little-known stories from London’s past.
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Celebrating London’s Blue Plaques
Famous Londoners show us their favourite blue plaques around the city in celebration of the original scheme, now over 150 years old. Sir Ian Mckellen tells us the story of the Flying Bomb plaque at Mile End, Sir Robert Winston talks about the Moses Montefiore plaque in Hyde Park and Shami Chakrabarti explains why she’s chosen Mary Seacole’s plaque in Soho Square.
New Blue Plaques
The blue plaque to Ava Gardner was unveiled at her former home at 34 Ennismore Gardens in Knightsbridge on 4th November 2016. The Hollywood star – who was often the centre of attention in tabloid gossip columns – enjoyed a quieter life in London. She regularly walked her dogs around the local park and ate meals in front of the fire in her lavishly-decorated flat, in which she is pictured here.
The other individuals honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque in 2016 were: Henry Watson Fowler, Sir Joseph Lyons, Thomas Barnardo, Laurie Cunningham, Freddie Mercury, Bobby Moore, Sir George Grove, Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Elizabeth David, Tommy Cooper, Samuel Beckett, Patrick Blackett, Benjamin Baker.
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Blue Plaque Stories
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.Discover the stories behind the plaques
Blue Plaques App
The official blue plaques app is now available to download for free for iPhone and Android. Use the app to follow guided walks around Soho and Kensington, 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.