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 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.

 

 

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Speakers and guests at the unveiling of the blue plaque to Sir Arthur Pearson, with plaque visible in background

NEW BLUE PLAQUE TO SIR ARTHUR PEARSON

English Heritage has unveiled a blue plaque to Sir Arthur Pearson, the founder of Blind Veterans UK. Originally known as St Dunstan’s, the charity provided comprehensive care for blinded servicemen, both during and after their recovery. Pearson and his wife lived with some of the servicemen at 21 Portland Place in Marylebone, where the plaque can now be found. 

We have also unveiled plaques to Sir Edward Frankland and Derek Jarman this year.

In 2018 we unveiled plaques to: Sir William BeveridgeMargaret Lockwood, Agnes ArberFlanders and SwannThe Cooper Car CompanyHarry Mallin, the Bauhaus Designers, Peter Cushing, Henry and CRW Nevinson, PL Travers, Sir Hugh Carleton Greene and John Thelwall

Plaques for women

Today only 14 per cent of London’s blue plaques celebrate women. We don't think that’s good enough. Since 2016 when we first launched our ‘plaques for women’ campaign, more than half of the people awarded plaques have been women, but only a third of the public nominations were for women. Nominations are the life blood of the London blue plaques scheme and if we are to see a significant increase in the number of blue plaques for women, we will need more female suggestions.  

If you know of a woman who deserves a blue plaque and meets the selection criteria, nominate her now and help us address the gender imbalance in London's blue plaques.

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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

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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.

Download the free app now from the Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android.

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