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.

Elizabeth David at her kitchen at 24 Halsey Street in Chelsea, London. Courtesy of the Elizabeth David Estate

New Blue Plaques

On 18 May 2016 the cookery writer Elizabeth David became the latest person to be honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque. The plaque was unveiled at her former Chelsea home, 24 Halsey Street, from where she started something of a cult of cooking with her post-war Mediterranean recipes and food articles.

This year has also seen new plaques awarded to:

Tommy Cooper

Samuel Beckett

Patrick Blackett

Benjamin Baker

London’s Comedians

Blue Plaque Features

  • David Garrick as Hamlet

    STAGING SHAKESPEARE: A 400 YEAR ROMANCE

    Travel through four centuries of Shakespearean performance to discover how London’s playwrights and performers fell in love with the Bard.

  • PIONEERING WOMEN IN LONDON

    We take a look at some of the figures in London’s history who took the historic first steps to open up new opportunities for women, and are commemorated by blue plaques.

  • Berlioz plaque

    European Composers in London

    In the 18th and 19th centuries London became a magnet for European composers, who came to perform, compose, and escape wars abroad. Find out which of them are celebrated by blue plaques.

  • OLYMPIC HEROES

    As the Rio Olympics of summer 2016 approach, discover which past Olympians and their remarkable sporting feats have been celebrated by the London blue plaques scheme.

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