How well do you know Londoners with blue plaques?
It’s time to find out how well you know some of the famous former residents of London. Test yourself with 10 questions about people commemorated by blue plaques around the capital…
1. George Bernard Shaw lived at 29 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, 20 years before which Bloomsbury Group novelist and critic?

E.M. Forster

Virginia Woolf
2. Which pair of pioneering sisters gained their blue plaques – one for her work on women’s suffrage, the other for being the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain?

Millicent Garrett Fawcett and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Sylvia Pankhurst and Christabel Pankhurst
3. Lancelot Capability Brown has a blue plaque in Hampton Court. As well as Wrest Park, which English Heritage property’s garden did he famously design?

Audley End

Belsay Hall
4. Whose pioneering scientific work helped lead to the discovery of the structure of DNA?

Luke Howard

Rosalind Franklin
5. Which cricketer once famously said to an official, ‘they came to see me bat, not you umpire’?

WG Grace

Sir Learie Constantine
6. Which two musicians famously lived in neighbouring houses?

George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix

John Lennon and Sir Edward Elgar
7. Which African leader, whose visit to London in 1882 is commemorated at 18 Melbury Road, Holland Park, led the Zulus to victory at Isandhlwana?

Cetshwayo

Nelson Mandela
8. Who holds the record for the most Olympic tennis medals won by any player?

Fred Perry

Kitty Godfree
9. Which Irish champion of civil rights (known as ‘The Liberator’) successfully campaigned for Catholic emancipation and the abolition of slavery?

Daniel O’Connell

William Wilberforce
10. Which conductor and founder of the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras once described the sound of a harpsichord as like ‘two skeletons copulating on a tin roof’?

Sir Thomas Beecham

Benjamin Britten
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