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 was started in 1866 and is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world.
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.
NEW BLUE PLAQUE TO FLANDERS AND SWANN
English Heritage has unveiled a blue plaque to the performers of comic songs, Michael Flanders and Donald Swann. Famous for their animal songs, such as ‘The Hippopotamus Song’, and their sharply observed satire, they toured the world with their cabaret show and performed at the Royal Variety Show. They're commemorated at 1 Scarsdale Villas in Kensington, where they lived together in the garden studio in 1953–5.
The other plaques unveiled this year so far are to The Cooper Car Company, Harry Mallin, the Bauhaus Designers, Peter Cushing, Henry and CRW Nevinson, PL Travers, Sir Hugh Carleton Greene and John Thelwall.
CELEBRATING LONDON’S BLUE PLAQUES
Famous Londoners show us their favourite blue plaques around the city in celebration of the original scheme, now over 150 years old. 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.
The Blue Plaques Book
The lives of London’s most significant residents are placed at your fingertips in this new book. With all 900-plus official plaques mapped onto the city, The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques is the definitive companion to London’s iconic memorials and the people who have helped shape the history of this city. Use it to explore the capital at street level, or read it in the comfort of your own home and discover little-known stories from London’s past.
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Discover the authors behind the much-loved characters of our childhoods. Click on the images below to find the blue plaques commemorating their London homes and learn more about their time in the city.
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
Blue Plaques App
The official blue plaques app is now available to download for free for iPhone and Android. Use the app to follow guided walks around Soho and Kensington, 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.