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English Heritage’s Blue Plaques honour notable Brits at their former London abodes. Check them out with our handy pub crawl guide

Literature

1. HG Wells 

Plaque Author of sci-fi’s The Time Machine and War Of The Worlds (below) lived and died at 13 Hanover Street. pub The Windsor Castle, NW1 4SH.

Why This Grade II listed Georgian building still has many of the original features. The turret-styled top is ultra-cute.

Drink up A Litovel Lager should get you going.
» the-windsorcastle.co.uk

Next Take the Jubilee line from Baker Street to Bond Street and then the Central Line to Lancaster Gate.

 

2. JM Barrie 

Plaque The author who never grew up, famed for Neverland’s Peter Pan, lived at 100 Bayswater Road.

Pub The Swan, W2 3PH.

Why It’s said the drinking terms ‘one for the road’ and ‘on the wagon’ were coined here. While this claim’s veracity can never be verified, it is a cracking yarn.

Drink up Down a pint of London Pride.
» swansbayswater.co.uk

Next Along the north edge of the park, take the left into Kensington Church Street to Sheffield Terrace. 



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3. Agatha Christie plaque

Detective novelist and playwright (Miss Marple and record-breaking play The Mousetrap) lived at 58 Sheffield Terrace. pub The Elephant & Castle, W8 4LT.WHY This local pub (nothing to do with E&C south of the river) sits quietly among Holland Park’s residential streets and is known for its award-winning ales.  

Drink up There’s 25 gong-nabbing ales to choose from. Go for a New World Pale or Sunny Republic’s Shark Head.
» nicholsonspubs.co.uk


Next South down Kensington Church St, left onto Kensington High St, right into Queen’s Gate, left into the King’s Road before finally right at Smith Street. 

 

4. Bram Stoker 

Plaque Dracula creator, Irish-born novelist Bram Stoker lived at 18 St Leonard’s Terrace. pub Cooper’s Arms, SW3 5TB.

Why The Claret Room’s red leather interior makes this a suitably Gothic destination. 

Drink up Toast the macabre master with a blood-red rioja.
» coopersarms.co.uk


Next South on Flood Street and left up Hospital Road until you hit Tite Street. 

5. Oscar Wilde 

Plaque The famed British author who rattled the literature world (right) once lived at 34 Tite Street. pub The Trafalgar, SW3 5XP. 

Why This Chelsea pub is best known for its epic list of drinks and there’s secluded outdoor seating.  

Drink up Toast Oscar with a glass of G&T.

» thetrafalgarchelsea.co.uk

Nearest tube Sloane Square


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