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.
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.
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:
London’s Sporting Heroes
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