English Heritage Blue Plaques

English Heritage Blue Plaques

Blue Plaques

By showing us the buildings where famous people have lived and worked, blue plaques celebrate the architecture of London’s streets and the diversity and achievements of its past residents. London’s blue plaques scheme, founded in 1866, is believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world.

About the Scheme

Two blue plaques at Melbury Road, Holland Park. The upper one for King of the Zulus Cetshwayo and the second for painter William Holman-Hunt

Find a Plaque

  • Comedic actor and Carry On star Kenneth Williams

    Kenneth Williams

    The comedic actor and Carry-On star is commemorated with a blue plaque at the London apartment block where he lived during the heyday of the film series in the 1960s.

  • Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, unveils the musician's blue plaque

    John Lennon

    Bought by Ringo Starr in 1965, and later lived in by Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix before Lennon and wife Yoko Ono moved in, the ground-floor apartment at 34 Montagu Square has a rich musical history.

  • The blue plaque of Sir William and Sir Joseph Hooker

    Sir William and Sir Joseph Hooker

    49 Kew Green, Kew, became home to Sir William Hooker in 1851, the first Director of Kew Gardens to inhabit the house, which went on to host 14 Directors and their families, including Sir William’s son Sir Joseph.

Lived in London

Price: £50.00

Propose A Plaque

Anyone can suggest a figure for a blue plaque, and every nomination is reviewed by our historian, as long as the selection criteria of the scheme are met.  Find out more about how to submit a proposal.

Propose A Plaque

Barbara Windsor smiles broadly with one hand on the Blue Plaque of comic actor Kenneth Williams

Support The Scheme

Every plaque, from research to production, is funded by donations. The future of the scheme relies on your support.One way to support the scheme is by becoming a member of the Blue Plaques Club.

Make a donation

Craftsperson wearing protective eyewear engraving a ceramic plaque in the studio

A Brief History

Blue plaques have been a well-loved part of London life for many decades; however, they have not always been round – or even blue! Read more about the history of this very special scheme.

Find Out More

Napoleon's Blue Plaque
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