There are many ways in which you can get to know London, whether you decide to arrange affordable coach hire in London or prefer to see the city by foot. If you’d rather get on your toes, then you must spend a day trying to discover some of the many blue plaques to be found in the capital.
These can be found on the sides of buildings, both grand and humble, to honour the notable men and women who have either lived or worked in them. Take note, however – you won’t be able to see them all as there are more than 900 plaques to find!
The scheme is run by English Heritage and has just celebrated its 150th anniversary this year, which means it’s the oldest of its kind in the entire world. The oldest surviving plaque belongs to Napoleon III, the last French emperor, whose plaque was installed in 1867, which you can find in King Street just off St James’s Square.
In actual fact, the very first blue plaque was awarded to poet Lord Byron, also in 1867, but his house in Holles Street near Cavendish Square was knocked down in 1889. You’ll find a John Lewis department store there now – but there’s still a Westminster City Council plaque dedicated to the poet on the building.
Remember that not all plaques in the scheme are blue, so look out for stone, lead, bronze, green, brown and terracotta ones as well. They’re also not all circles either – some are squares and rectangles, so keep an eye out for these as well.