Blue Plaques Hunting – City of Westminster

In a previous post I described and listed some places in London related to famous people.

Being inspired by that, I decided to visit buildings with Blue Plaques on it. What are they? The association English Heritage, founded in 1866, according to the website “commemorates the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked” with the visible Blue Plaques.

On London Heritage website are listed nearly 900 plaques in London, divided by area. I decided to visit City of Westminster area and selected some of the 230 plaques available.

I then looked at them on the map and studied a tour that can be made walking.

My starting point was Mozart‘s house at 180 Ebury Street, Pimlico. This is one of my favorite spots in London, very quite and with several bars and cafe.

Mozart (1756-1791) composed here his first symphony, one of his 600 works. Also a small statue dedicated to the composer is close to the house.

At 10 minutes walking distance are 2 other plaques.

At 24 Chester Square is Mary Shelley‘s house. The author of Frankestein lived in a beautiful green area in Belgravia as well as Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), English Prime Minister at the early years of the Second World War who lived at the 37 Eaton Square.

Still at reasonable walking distance is the house of Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), a polish novelist who wrote in English great stories like Heart of Darkness. He lived at the 17 Gillingham Street.

Being just behind Victoria Station, I decided to take a bus to Charing Cross/Trafalgar Square as the house of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), one of the fathers of the United States and famous scientist was at 36 Craven Street. There is to say that this is the house were he lived for few years at his 20s.

The following stop has been 4 Carlton Gardens, the place where Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general and statesman established the headquarters of the Free French Forces in 1940.

From here the distance to another spot is not much.

If you want to visit the place where the Polish composer Chopin (1810-1849) stayed before his last performance, you have to go at 4 St. James Place.

And finally, to complete this tour, keep walking toward Oxford Street and stop at the 23 Brook Street to see the house were Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) lived from 1968 to 1969. on your way, visit New Bond Street and take a picture on the bench with Churchill and Roosevelt!

The tour is finished and I hope you liked it. If you want to try it, check the map below. Some other spots are pinned there and let me know if you find it good!

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