10 Fun Facts About London’s Blue Plaque Scheme

1. The first London Blue Plaque was to the poet Lord Byron in 1867 But his house in Holles Street, Cavendish Square was demolished in 1889. Its site is now occupied by the John Lewis store. 2. The oldest official plaque still in existence is to the French Emperor Napoleon III Installed in September 1867 in King Street, St James’s, it is also the only plaque that was erected while the recipient was still alive. 3. Not all Blue PlaquesRead more

Blue Plaque for Tony Hancock

As English Heritage announces a blue plaque to the comedian Tony Hancock, the writers behind the radio and television series Hancock’s Half Hour – Ray Galton and Alan Simpson – reflect on their time working with him.   When we were asked to unveil the blue plaque at Tony Hancock’s one time apartment at 20 Queen’s Gate Place it brought back so many memories.  It was during the period Tony lived there that our career began.  We first met himRead more

Putting one up for Kenneth Williams

Now, stop messin’ about! Another English Heritage blue plaque has just gone up in London – and it’s to Kenneth Williams, comic actor, raconteur, star of the Carry On films, and divine deliverer of the double entendre. The new plaque is prominently sited – right opposite Madame Tussauds, on a block of flats called Farley Court. Kenneth Williams moved into flat number 62, on the ninth and top floor, in October 1963: ‘My bedroom looks out over Regent’s Park. TheRead more

Blue Plaque for Film-makers Powell & Pressburger

Today a blue plaque has been erected to commemorate one of the greatest collaborations in British film history – that of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The plaque is on a giant 1930s mansion block near Baker Street, for it was in a small, unfurnished service flat here that the pair set up an office for their production company, The Archers, during the Second World War – they were there from 1942 until 1947. When I visited the block, someRead more