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1. John Lennon

Plaque Chief Beatle John Lennon (sorry Maccers) once lived at 34 Montagu Square – and so did Ringo. pub The Windsor Castle, W1H 4LJ.

Why Has pics of the royals and slebs on the walls and Dambuster raid leader Guy Gibson’s log book on display. 

Drink up Ales and lagers are the usual – it’s the atmosphere that’s so intoxicating here. 

Next South along Gloucester Place, cross Oxford Street until you hit Brook Street then take a left.


2. George Frideric Handel

Plaque The celebrated composer (you know his Messiah) lived at 25 Brook Street from 1723 until his death in 1759. pub The Running House, W1K 5JE.

Why First built in 1738, it’s a traditional pub with class. A bar menu downstairs and a good value restaurant above.  

Drink up A pint of Cornish Knockler, just for the name. 
Next Head east up Bond Street.

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3. Jimi Hendrix 

Plaque The greatest guitarist ever to live (even Clapton says so) stayed at 23 Brook Street from 1968-69. pub Hush, W1S 1EY.

Why Up Brook Street and off to the right in a cobbled courtyard is this bar, restaurant and cocktail lounge – super cool and yet affordable(ish), with al fresco dining.

Drink up One of the ever-changing cocktail creations.

Next East along Brook street towards Oxford Circus, right along Regent Street, left into Great Marlborough Street until you hit Wardour Street in the heart of Soho.


4. Keith Moon 

Plaque An unofficial ‘blue plaque’, this spot marks the locale of the former Marquee club at 90 Wardour Street, where the legendary drummer and boozehound played with The Who before his death in The Ship, W1F 0TT.

Why The Marquee’s been rebooted in Leicester Square, so grab a pint at this Soho pub where legends such as The Jam, The Clash and The Sex Pistols have swilled. 

Drink up It’s got to be IPA Fuller’s Bengal Lancer, for sure.   

Next Wriggle through Soho to Tottenham Court Road Tube, then head north before a right at Store Street.

5. Bob Marley

Plaque A ‘singer, lyricist and Rastafarian icon’, so reads the inscription, lived in 34 Ridgemont Gardens in 1972. A flat doesn’t really do the reggae legend The Jack Horner, W1T 7QJ.

Why Famed for its ales and pies, and is the perfect place to settle in post-crawl to nurse a couple or more. 

Drink up Duck, port and cranberry pie and a Chiswick ale.

Nearest tube Goodge Street


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