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Blue Plaques, London: 18 reviews and 55 photos

  Blue plaque in St James's Square, SW1
by KennetRose

548 of them at the last count, scattered all over Greater London (and many imitators elsewhere in the UK).

They commemorate the places where celebrated people lived, worked or died. By no means all are household names - they are erected at the suggestion of members of the public, many of them by specialist and expatriate groups. There are also some glaring omissions - none for Sir Isaac Newton, for example, or J M W Turner the greatest British painter. But tracking them down makes a pleasant treasure hunt round London.

In the early 1980s when the then GLC put one up for Alan Turing (without whose pioneering work on computers we might not be reading VT), one of our esteemed tabloid newspapers had a red-faced rant about blue plaques for "gays". I ask you...

Address: 900 to choose from in London.
Directions: All over London
Phone: +44 20 7222 2219
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 17, 2003
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