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1. Alfred Hitchcock 

Plaque The cine-mastermind behind Psycho (below, right) lived at 153 Cromwell Road from 1926 to The Stanthorpe Arms, SW7 4SS. 

Why This pub on the corner with Gloucester Road serves up traditional pub grub – fish and chips, pie and mash. 

Drink up If the sun’s out grab a chilled Kopparberg.

Next East along Cromwell Road then north up Old Queen’s Gate towards Hyde Park.

2. Benny Hill

Plaque Comedy star and one of Michael Caine’s crew in The Italian Job is remembered at his 1 Queen’s Gate The Queen’s Arms, SW7 5QL.

Why Benny’s former local has a great selection of drinks and food – a Sunday roast mid-crawl? 

Drink up Make like a Brit and grab a Stella!


Next East along Kensington Road, right into Sloane Street, left at Eaton Gate to Eaton Square.

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3. Vivien Leigh

Plaque Indian-born best actress Oscar-winner for classics Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire lived at 54 Eaton Square. pub Duke Of Wellington, SW1W 8TR.

Why It began as a reading room for 19th-century locals who preferred it as a pub, which it has been ever since.

Drink up Britain’s oldest brewery Shepherd Neame serves up a new Buddy Holly-honouring special, the Holly Hop.

Next Along Elizabeth Street then left into Ebury Street.

4. Ian Fleming 

Plaque He wrote the 007 books, but it’s all about the James Bond films they spawned. He lived at 22 Ebury The Botanist, SW1W 8EE.

Why A bar in Sloane Square has expectations to live up to – this classy wine-bar-cum-restaurant doesn’t disappoint.

Drink up Try a Modena Royale cocktail with strawberries and Prosecco – the perfect summer indulgence.


Next Catch the Tube from Sloane Square to Hampstead.


5. Richard Burton 

Plaque The address at 6 Lyndhurst Road was home to one of Hollywood’s best ever drinkers – and actors. Burton’s thirst rivalled only his ability to marry Liz Taylor. Between stints at the pub/altar he made movies such as Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?pub The Flask, NW3 1HE.

Why It was The Thatched House in the 18th century but is now home to trendy posh types for good reason. 

Drink up Get a bottle of whisky and glasses, head to the sun-soaked terrace and sit ‘til the job’s done.

Nearest tube Hampstead


Blue plaque pub crawl: Drink up and learn about London's most famous residents
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