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 ballet dancer Dame Margot Fonteyn and the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton were both honoured with English Heritage blue plaques on 7 June 2016. Ashton’s plaque can be found at 8 Marlborough Street, Chelsea, and Fonteyn’s at 118 Long Acre in Covent Garden, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Opera House where she and Ashton collaborated on some of their greatest ballets.
This year has also seen new plaques awarded to:
Blue Plaque Features
London Pride: LGBT+ Stories
From Oscar Wilde to Virginia Woolf, explore London’s LGBT+ history through the stories associated with the city’s blue plaques
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.
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.
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.