The Blue Plaque Tour
Home to a variety of influential figures throughout history, from the artistically talented Sir Joshua Reynolds through to one of the most pivotal scientists of all time. Explore the West End's Blue Plaque tour and enrich yourself in the rich history of the West End.
Start on Jermyn Street and take in the home of Sir Isaac Newton, deemed to be one of the world's most notable mathematicians and physicists, arguably best known for his work on the theory of gravity. Stroll on down towards Haymarket and discover Richard Cobden, known as a radical and liberal English politician in the 1800’s. A few doors down from Richard Coben is another Richard, painter, Richard Dadd. Dadd was a Victorian-era painter, known for his ethereal style paintings depicting scenes of fairies and supernatural subjects.
Head back up towards Panton Street and stumble across the public house Tom Cribb, named after the bare-knuckle boxer that was a national treasure in the early 1800's and later became publican of the establishment that now bears his name. Make your way into Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of the plaque dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds, a leading portrait artist of his time, first president of The Royal Academy of Arts and a painter that had some very strong opinions on the colour blue. Mosey along to St Martins Lane and uncover the site that was once the home of Thomas Chippendale, creator of Chippendale furniture, the first style of English-made furniture named after its creator and not the monarch at the time.