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.

Celebrating 150 Years of Blue Plaques

2016 marks 150 years of the English Heritage London blue plaque scheme. We spoke to famous Londoners about their favourite blue plaques around the city. 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.

Bobby Moore’s plaque is unveiled at 43 Waverley Gardens in Barking, London

New Blue Plaques

Footballer Bobby Moore was honoured with a blue plaque at his childhood home in Barking on 26th July 2016. Moore famously captained England to their 1966 World Cup victory and spent much of his professional career playing for his local club, West Ham United.

Other new English Heritage plaques unveiled this year include:

Sir George Grove

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.

Discover the stories behind the plaques
Blue plaques app walking tour

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.

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