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Commemorative Plaques
in Soho

 
listed alphabetically by surname, by street name and by location photographs
 

 
 
Plaques listed alphabetically
by Surname
                                   2i's Coffee Bar, 55-59 Old Compton Street (birthplace of British rock 'n' roll) 
                        John Logie Baird, 22 Frith Street (television equipment pioneer)
                               Tom Baker, 4 D'Arblay Street (mens' tailoring) 
                        Sir Joseph Banks, 32 Soho Square (botanist)
                             Sarah Bernhardt, 41-43 Wardour Street (actress) 
                               The Board of Green Cloth, formerly at 78 Dean Street
                           Charles Bridgeman, 54 Broadwick Street (landscape gardener)
                            Robert Brown, 32 Soho Square (botanist)
                            Edmund Burke, 37 Gerrard Street (politician)
           Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto), 41 Beak Street (Venetian painter)
                             Willy Clarkson, 41-43 Wardour Street (theatrical wig maker)
                    The [Literary] Club, 9 Gerrard Street (literary club)
                             Peter Cook, 18 Greek Street (comedian, satirist)
                      Lord Bernard Delfont of Stepney, Prince of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street 
                           Earl of Derby, 22 Great Windmill Street (Contributions to Canadian ice hockey)
                             David Don, 32 Soho Square (botanist)
                  Ancient Order of Druids, 23 Poland Street (Preservation and practise of Druidic principles) 
                              John Dryden, 42-44 Gerrard Street (poet)
                                   Globe Theatre, 33 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho W1 (London West End theatre) 
                        Lord [Lew] Grade, Palladium Theatre, 87 Argyll Street (entertainment, television) 
                                   Great Dangaroo Flood, 5 Old Compton Street (whimsical fiction)
                                   Hamleys Toy Store, 188-196 Regent Street, London W1B 5BT () 
                           William Hazlitt, 6 Frith Street (essayist and literary critic)
                            Thomas Hearn, 6 Meard Street (topographical draughtsman)
                              John Hunter, 7 Upper James Street (Surgeon) 
                           William Hunter, rear of Lyric Theatre, Great Windmill St (anatomist)
                         Sir Henry Irving, 41-43 Wardour Street (Victorian theatrical actor and manager)
                        Washington Irving, 8 Argyll Street (American writer and diplomat) 
                               The King of Corsica, St Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street (notable for) 
                           Paul de Lamerie, 40 Gerrard Street (silversmith)
                               The Linnean Society, 32 Soho Square 
                      Franz Ferenc Liszt, 16 Great Marlborough Street (composer and pianist)
                              Karl Marx, 28 Dean Street (political and economic theorist)
                            Jessie Matthews, 22 Berwick Street (actress and dancer)
                        Sir Morell McKenzie, 32-33 Golden Square (Specialist: diseases of the throat) 
                                   Mont Blanc Restaurant, 16 Gerrard Street (literary links) 
                             Keith Moon, 90 Wardour Street (drummer, wild man of rock 'n roll)
                  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 20 Frith Street (musician and composer)
                                   Murder One Bookshop, 76-78 Charing Cross Road (crime and mystery books) 
                            Arthur Onslow, 20 Soho Square (Speaker of the House of Commons)
                               The Penny Post, 39 Gerrard Street (early postage stamps)
                   Dr John William Polidori, 38 Great Pulteney Street (novelist)
                    Sebastião José Pombal, 23-24 Golden Square (Portuguese statesman)
                         Dr Joseph Rogers, 33 Dean Street (health care reformer)
                        Peter Mark Roget, Broadwick Street (physician, scientist, lexicographer) 
                        Sir Samuel Romilly, 18 Frith Street () 
             Major-General William Roy, 10 Argyll Street (military surveyor)
                        Dorothy L. Sayers, St. Anne's Tower, Dean Street (Scholar and writer) 
                              Mary Seacole, 14 Soho Square (Jamaican nursing heroine of the Crimean War) 
                      Percy Bysshe Shelley, 15 Poland Street (Poet) 
                            Thomas Sheraton, 163 Wardour Street (furniture designer)
                                   Shipley Books, 70 Charing Cross Road, WC2 (bookseller) 
                          Augustus Siebe, 5 Denmark Street, St. Giles (Inventor/developer of diving helmet) 
                  John Christopher Smith, 6 Carlisle Street (composer)
                           Dr John Snow, 53 Frith Street (anaesthetist, epidemiologist)
                               The Soho Mural, adj. 17 Noel Street (colourful mural) 
                               The Soho Society 
                               The Spirit of Soho cor. Broadwick St & Carnaby St (mural showing aspects of Soho) 
        Anne Louise Necker (Mme de Staël) opposite 1-4 Argyll Street (French authoress)
                              Lord Stanley, 128 Regent Street (Contributions to Canadian ice hockey) 
                              John Stephen, 1 Carnaby Street () 
                            Johann Strauss, 1-2 Leicester Street (musician, composer)
                           Frankie Vaughan, Palladium Theatre, 87 Argyll Street (singer, entertainer) 
                            Sidney Webb, 38-44 Cranbourn Street (social reformer) 
                          Cllr Ian Wilder, Meard Street (Councillor, West End Ward) 
                             David Williams, (Founder, Royal Literary Fund)

 
 
Plaques listed alphabetically
by street name

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    Anne Louise Necker (Mme de Staël) opp. 1-4 Argyll Street (French authoress) 
                          Washington Irving, 8 Argyll Street (American writer and diplomat) 
                 Major-General William Roy, 10 Argyll Street (military surveyor)
             Lord Grade, Palladium Theatre, 87 Argyll Street (entertainment, television)
        Frankie Vaughan, Palladium Theatre, 87 Argyll Street (singer, entertainer) 
         Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto) 41 Beak Street (Venetian painter)
                           Jessie Matthews, 22 Berwick Street (actress and dancer)
                             Peter Mark Roget, Broadwick Street (physician, scientist, lexicographer) 
                           The Spirit of Soho, cor. Broadwick St & Carnaby St (mural showing aspects of Soho)  
                         Charles Bridgeman, 54 Broadwick Street (landscape gardener)
                              Robert Brown, 54 Broadwick Street (botanist)
                     John Christopher Smith, 6 Carlisle Street (composer)
                           The Spirit of Soho, cor. Carnaby St & Broadwick St (mural showing aspects of Soho)  
                               John Stephen, 1 Carnaby Street ()  
                             Shipley Books, 70 Charing Cross Road, WC2 (bookseller)
                    Murder One Bookshop, 76-78 Charing Cross Road (crime and mystery books) 
           Lord Bernard Delfont of Stepney, 31 Coventry Street (impresario)
                            Sidney Webb, 38-44 Cranbourn Street (social reformer)  
                                  Tom Baker, 4 D'Arblay Street (mens' tailoring)  
                                 Karl Marx, 28 Dean Street (political and economic theorist)
           Dorothy L. Sayers, St Anne's Tower, Dean Street (Scholar and writer)
                          Dr Joseph Rogers, 33 Dean Street (health care reformer)
          Board of Green Cloth, formerly at 78 Dean Street 
                             Augustus Siebe, 5 Denmark Street St. Giles (Inventor/developer of diving helmet)
                            William Hazlitt, 6 Frith Street (essayist and literary critic)
                        Sir Samuel Romilly, 18 Frith Street ()
                   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 20 Frith Street (musician and composer)
                          John Logie Baird, 22 Frith Street, (television equipment pioneer)
                              Dr John Snow, 53 Frith Street (anaesthetist, epidemiologist)
                        The [Literary] Club, 9 Gerrard Street (literary club)
                     Mont Blanc Restaurant, 16 Gerrard Street (literary links)
                              Edmund Burke, 37 Gerrard Street (politician)
                            The Penny Post, 39 Gerrard Street (early postage stamps)
                           Paul de Lamerie, 40 Gerrard Street (silversmith)
                            John Dryden, 42-44 Gerrard Street (poet)                            
                  Sebastião José Pombal, 23-24 Golden Square (Portuguese statesman)
                    Sir Morell McKenzie, 32-33 Golden Square (Specialist: diseases of the throat)  
                        Franz Ferenc Liszt, 16 Great Marlborough Street (composer and pianist)
                  Dr John William Polidori, 38 Great Pulteney Street (novelist)
                             Earl of Derby, 22 Great Windmill Street (Contributions to Canadian ice hockey) 
                       William Hunter, opp. 37 Great Windmill Street (anatomist)
                                Peter Cook, 18 Greek Street (comedian, satirist)
                           Johann Strauss, 1-2 Leicester Street (musician, composer)
                               Cllr Ian Wilder Meard Street (Councillor, West End Ward)
                               Thomas Hearn, 6 Meard Street (topographical draughtsman)
                       The Soho Mural, adj. 17 Noel Street (colourful mural)  
                       Great Dangaroo Flood, 5 Old Compton Street, Whimsical fiction
                        2i's Coffee Bar, 55-59 Old Compton Street (birthplace of British rock 'n' roll)  
                      Percy Bysshe Shelley, 15 Poland Street (Poet)  
                   Ancient Order of Druids, 23 Poland Street (Preservation and practise of Druidic principles)
                             Lord Stanley, 128 Regent Street (Contributions to Canadian ice hockey)
                    Hamleys Toy Store, 188-196 Regent Street London W1B 5BT() 
                             Globe Theatre, 33 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, W1 (London West End theatre)  
                              Mary Seacole, 14 Soho Square (Jamaican nursing heroine of the Crimean War) 
                             Arthur Onslow, 20 Soho Square (Speaker of the House of Commons)
                          Sir Joseph Banks, 32 Soho Square (botanist)
                              Robert Brown, 32 Soho Square (botanist)
                                 David Don, 32 Soho Square (botanist)
                       The Linnean Society, 32 Soho Square (botanist)
                                John Hunter, 7 Upper James Street (Surgeon)  
        David Williams, St. Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street (Founder, Royal Literary Fund)  
   The King of Corsica, St. Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street (notable for)
                        Sarah Bernhardt, 41-43 Wardour Street (actress)
                       Sir Henry Irving, 41-43 Wardour Street (Victorian theatrical actor and manager)
                          Willy Clarkson 41-43 Wardour Street (theatrical wig maker)
                                Keith Moon, 90 Wardour Street (drummer, wild man of rock 'n roll)
                          Thomas Sheraton, 163 Wardour Street (furniture designer)

 
Alternative sources of information about plaques
● BOOK: Lived In London: Blue Plaques and the Stories Behind Them
    PUBLISHER: Yale University Press
    ISBN-13: 978 03001 4871 8
● ON-LINE: London-wide map-based resource includes Soho plaques, buildings and monuments
    WEB-SITE: LondonRemembers.com

 
 
 
Commemorative Plaques
in Soho, listed by street number

 
William Hunter
anatomist
[ more-1, more-2, more-3, more-4 ]
rear of Lyric Theatre, Great Windmill Street
MAP REF:F7
William Hunter, anatomist
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William Hunter, anatomist

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David Williams
Founder of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790. Buried in St Anne's Churchyard. Lived for several years at 36 Gerrard Street (no plaque), Soho, W1
[ more-1 more-2 more-3 ]
On the wall of St Anne's Tower, St Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street, Soho, W1
MAP REF:H6
David Williams
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David Williams

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Theodore, King of Corsica
[ more-1, more-2 ]
St Anne's Churchyard, Wardour Street
MAP REF:H6
King of Corsica
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Three commemorative plaques are affixed to the west wall of St. Anne's Tower in Soho:
Theodore, King of Corsica (upper-right), William Hazlitt (lower-right) and David Williams (left). The Hazlitt plaque is actually a gravestone although he is buried elsewhere in St. Anne's Churchyard.
picture awaited
  The inscriptions in the image above are as follows:
 
NEAR THIS PLACE IS INTERRED
THEODORE KING OF CORSICA
WHO DIED IN THIS PARISH DEC 11 1756
IMMEDIATELY AFTER LEAVING
THE KINGS BENCH PRISON
BY THE BENIFIT OF THE ACT OF INSOLVENCY
IN CONSEQUENCE OF WHICH
HE REGISTERED HIS KINGDOM OF CORSICA
FOR THE USE OF HIS CREDITORS

 
 
THE GRAVE, GREAT TEACHER, TO A LEVEL BRINGS
HEROES AND BEGGARS, GALLEY SLAVES AND KINGS,
BUT THEODORE THIS MORAL LEARN'D ERE DEAD:
FATE POURED ITS LESSONS ON HIS LIVING HEAD.
BESTOW'D A KINGDOM AND DENIED HIM BREAD.

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The Spirit of Soho mural
.. in Broadwick Street at the intersection with Carnaby Street
MAP REF:5D
[ more-1, more-2, more-3 ]
See also the Soho Clarion, December 1991

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Peter Mark Roget MD FRS FSA, 1779-1869
Born in Broad (now Broadwick) Street. Compiler of Roget's Thesaurus beginning after his retirement at the age of 70, published in 1852. An accomplished physician and scientist, he made important contributions to the study of communicable diseases and to the education of the deaf and dumb. His study of the retina resulted in his paper on the Persistence of Vision with regard to Moving Objects which provided the first impetus to the recording and projection of motion and the subsequent film industry. Contributed to the slide-rule by inventing the log-log scale in 1815, which gave values of ex thereby enabling the calculation of any power or root of a number. Held important posts at the Royal Institution, Royal Society and London University. Nephew of Sir Samuel Romilly whose name is commemorated in Soho's Romilly Street.
[ more-1, more-2, more-3
See also Soho Clarion, Jan-Feb 1979, no.24, page 10
]
 
picture awaited Peter Mark Roget is commemorated by a blue plaque at the University of Manchester
but not yet in Soho.

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Mme de Stal (Anne Louise Germaine Necker)
1766 - 1817. French salonist and authoress of many semi-autobiographical novels. Banished from Paris by Napoleon for her candour.
[more-1, more-2, more-3]
Opposite 1-4 Argyll Street (south end) at rear of Dickins and Jones
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Madame De Stael
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Madame De Stael
The plaque is somewhat obscured by dust from building work in 2009.

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John Stephen
Glaswegian clothes designer. Founder of Carnaby Street as the world centre of men's fashion.
[ more-1, more-2, more-3 ]
1 Carnaby Street, Soho, London W1
MAP REF:D5
picture awaited
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picture awaited

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Johann Strauss I
composer and musician
[more-1, more-2, more-3]
1-2 Leicester Street
MAP REF:J8
The plaque is located between the first and second ground-floor windows at the left of the building.
Josef Strauss, composer and musician
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Johann Strauss, composer and musician

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Tom Baker
A paper plaque which advertises the Sir Tom Baker bespoke tailoring business.
[more]
4 D'Arblay Street
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THIS TEMPORARY PLAQUE IS PRINTED ON PAPER
AND IS ATTACHED TO THE SHOP WINDOW
picture awaited

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Augustus Siebe, 1788-1872
German-born engineer and inventor, living in London, developed the first effective Diving Helmet which was sealed to a watertight, air-filled rubber suit. The invention saved countless lives and resulted in significant improvements in the safety of deep-water diving.
[more-1, more-2, more-3]
5 Denmark Street,
St. Giles, London WC2
MAP REF:L2
Strictly speaking, this plaque is offshore from mainland Soho but is "almost visible" in its Denmark Street setting from the Soho shoreline (pavement) between Manette Street and Goslett Yard.
Rockers, 5 Denmark Street, St. Giles, London WC2
PROVISIONAL PHOTOGRAPH
Augustus Siebe
NOTE: Sometime during the period 1990-2000, a sub-aqua group named Soho Divers held regular meetings in a Soho hostelry. They subsequently moved to landlocked Acton in west London. Soho, it should be noted, is but a short stroll away from Charing Cross Pier and the River Thames.

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Great Dangaroo Flood
A plaque placed by the Kymaerica Project.
5 Old Compton Street
MAP REF:K4
 
Great Dangaroo Flood
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The Great Dangaroo Flood
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William Hazlitt
Essayist and literary critic
[ more-1, more-2, more-3, more-4, more-5 ]
6 Frith Street
MAP REF:J3
William Hazlitt
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William Hazlitt plaque

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Thomas Hearne
Topographical draughtsman
[ more-1, more-2, more-3, more-4 ]
6 Meard Street
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Thomas Hearne
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Thomas Hearne

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John Christopher Smith
Composer
[ more-1, more-2, more-3 ]
6 Carlisle Street
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John Christopher Smith, composer
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John Christopher Smith, composer
George Frederic Handel lived a short distance away in Brook Street, Mayfair.
See www.handelhouse.org
There may be some uncertainty over the 'born in' and 'died in' dates shown on the plaque, above. They appear to be an amalgam of the dates of John Christopher Smith [the father, d.1763] and John Christopher Smith [his son, 1712-1795], both of whom resided at 6 Carlisle Street, Soho.
 
The following lines are copied from Handel, by C.F. Abdy Williams, published by J.M. Dent & Son, London, 1913:
  • page 5: In 1609 there settled at Halle in Saxony a master coppersmith from Breslau, name Valentine Hendel [several spellings]. [lines deleted]. When he was sixty-two years old his wife died, and he married Dorothea Taust, daughter of the Pastor of Giebichenstein, a village on the Saale a short distance from Halle. The offspring of the second marriage consisted of two sons and two daughters. The eldest son died at his birth, and the younger, born on February 23rd, 1685, was named Georg Friedrich.

  • page 185: The one instance [of Handel bearing ill-will] is that of John Christopher Smith, his old college friend, who joined him at Anspach, and who for many years acted as his treasurer and concert agent. Smith's son, [also named] John Christopher, was sent to school in Soho Square, but at the age of thirteen, Handel, finding that he showed considerable musical talent, took him to his house, made him his pupil, and afterwards employed him as his copyist, and became a faithful friend to him. Meanwhile, Smith senior continued to be Handel's treasurer till four years before the latter's death, when they went to Tunbridge together, and there quarrelled over some trivial matter.

  • page 197: He [Handel] undertook the entire education of the son of his friend and treasurer, John Christopher Smith, sending him to Mr Clare's Academy in Soho Square, and, after himself teaching him the rudiments of music, engaging Pepusch and Roseingrave, organist of St George's, Hanover Square, to continue his musical education when he himself had no longer leisure to give him instruction.

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John Hunter
Surgeon
[ more ]
7 Upper James Street. (The original 1907 plaque was placed at 31 Golden Square. Both addresses may refer to the same site.)
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John Hunter
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picture awaited

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Washington Irving
1783-1859. American writer and diplomat. Author of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
[more-1, more-2, more-3]
8 Argyle Street
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Washington Irving, American writer and diplomat
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picture awaited

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The [Literary] Club ..
.. at the Turk's Head Tavern
[ more-1, more-2, more-3 ]
9 Gerrard Street
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On the wall of the New Moon Loon Supermarket
The [Literary] Club at the Turk's Head Tavern
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The [Literary] Club at the Turk's Head

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Major-General William Roy
1726 - 1790. Scottish military surveyor, antiquarian, and founder of the Ordnance Survey.
[ more-1, more-2, more-3 ]
10 Argyll Street
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picture awaited

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Mary Seacole
[ more-1, more-2, more-3 ]
14 Soho Square
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Mary Seacole, Jamaican nurse, heroine of Crimean War
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Mary Seacole, Jamaican nurse, heroine of the Crimean War

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Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poet
[ more-1 more-2 more-3 more-4 more-5 ]
15 Poland Street
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Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet
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Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet

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Franz Ferenc Liszt
Composer and pianist
[ more-1, more-2, more-3, more-4 ]
16 Great Marlborough Street
MAP REF:B3
picture awaited
picture awaited

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Mont Blanc Restaurant
Many famous literary figures including Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy and Edward Garnett met here in the early years of the 20th century.
[ more-1, more-2, more-3, more-4 ]
16 Gerrard Street, Soho, London W1
MAP REF:H7
The plaque is located above the Golden Harvest Restaurant
Mont Blanc Restaurant, 16 Gerrard Street, W1
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Mont Blanc Restaurant, 16 Gerrard Street, W1

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The Soho Mural
A colourful adornment on a flank wall
Please see ...
1.. Soho Clarion, no.66, page 13, "Sponsors Needed"
2.. Soho Clarion, no.64, page 11, "Before and After"
more
adjacent to 17 Noel Street at corner of Poland Street
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The Soho Mural - Ode to the West Wind
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The Soho Mural - Ode to the West Wind
The
SOHO MURAL
'Ode to the West Wind'
1989
Louise Vines for
LONDON WALL
01-737 4948

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Sir Samuel Romilly, 1757-1818
Born at No.18 Frith Street where his parents owned a jeweller's shop, his surname is commemorated in the name of nearby Romilly Street (formerly Church Street until 1937). Admitted to Gray's Inn in 1778, called to the Bar in 1783, took silk in 1800, became Treasurer of Gray's Inn in 1803, elected MP for Westminster in 1818. Law reformer with a special interest in the emancipation of Catholics and negro slaves and the reform of the penal code; at the time the death penalty was applied to more than 220 different categories of crime.
[ more-1, more-2 ]

picture awaited
Although commemorated by plaques at 21 Russell Square and in Gray's Inn, Sir Samuel Romilly is not yet commemorated by a plaque in Soho.

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Peter Cook
Comedian, satirist
[ more ]
18 Greek Street
MAP REF:J3
The building once housed a strip joint which was followed by the late Peter Cook's satirical nightclub, the Establishment Club (opened 1961), and is now the Zebrano Restaurant. The plaque was unveiled on 15th February 2009.
Peter Cook, comedian, satirist
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picture awaited

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Musician and composer
[more-1, more-2, more-3 ]
20 Frith Street
MAP REF:J3
Situated above the stage entrance of the Prince Edward Theatre (formerly the London Casino)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, musician and composer
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, musician and composer

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Arthur Onslow
Speaker of the House of Commons
[ more-1, more-2, more-3 ]
20 Soho Square
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Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the House of Commons
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picture awaited

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John Logie Baird
Invented the first working television equipment to transmit moving pictures. The invention was electro-mechanical and was subsequently overshadowed by RCA's fully electronic equipment
[more-1, more-2, more-3]
22 Frith Street
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John Logie Baird, invented the first working television equipment to transmit moving pictures.
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John Logie Baird, invented the first working television equipment to transmit moving pictures.
An extract from an obituary published in the Soho Clarion, No.100:
Bert Wallder, 1913-1999

"... His brother Jim [Wallder] had the distinction of being the first person ever to appear on TV. John Logie Baird had just invented the first camera and TV set in his Soho workshop. He needed someone to sit in front of the camera for a few minutes while he disappeared into the next room to see if their image appeared on the crystal screen. Jim was working as a bicycle delivery boy for a grocer's shop and just happened to call on Baird with a delivery at the right moment to claim his place in the history books."

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Jessie Matthews OBE
Musical comedy star of stage and films

See also the Soho Clarion, No.36, page 5.
22 Berwick Street
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Jessie Matthews
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picture awaited
In early March 2009 the plaque was partially obscured by vegetation

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Ancient Order of Druids  
[ more-1, more-2 ]
The Kings Arms,
23 Poland Street
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Ancient Order of Druids
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Ancient Order of Druids

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Sebastiã José Marquess of Pombal
Portuguese statesman and diplomat
23-24 Golden Square
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Sebastiã José Marquess of Pombal
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picture awaited

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Karl Marx
Political and economic theorist
26-29 Dean Street
The plaque is located at second floor level above Leoni's Quo Vadis Restaurant.
MAP REF: H4
picture awaited
See also Red Lion pub, 20 Great Windmill Street, W1
picture awaited

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Lord Bernard Delfont of Stepney
Impresario
31 Coventry Street (Prince of Wales Theatre, close offshore, south of mainland Soho. The plaque was unveiled on 12th October 1997. )
MAP REF:H9
Lord Bernard Delfont of Stepney, Impresario
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picture awaited

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Sir Morell McKenzie
Opened the first hospital for diseases of the throat at 32 Golden Square in 1865.
32-33 Golden Square (north side), London W1
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picture awaited WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL
SIR
MORELL
MCKENZIE
1837-1892
founded the
world's first hospital for
diseases of the throat
in a building on
this site in
1865

ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE

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Sir Joseph Banks [more], jointly with Robert Brown [more] and David Don [more]. Also the Linnean Society [more].
32 Soho Square
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Globe Theatre
Opened in 1904 as the Hicks Theatre. Renamed as the Globe Theatre, 1909.
Renamed as the Gielgud Theatre, 1994.

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33 Shaftesbury Avenue
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Dr Joseph Rogers
Healthcare reformer
33 Dean Street
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Dr Joseph Rogers, healthcare reformer
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Edmund Burke
Politician
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37 Gerrard Street
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Above the Top of the Town Chinese Restaurant (The paper lanterns mark the Chinese New Year 2009
Edmund Burke, politician
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EDMUND BURKE
AUTHOR AND STATESMAN
LIVED HERE
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Sidney Webb, 18591947 [more-1, more-2]
Social reformer
38-44 Cranbourn Street, London WC2 [located east of Charing Cross Road and a few yards outside Soho but still easily visible from the Soho shoreline]
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Sidney Webb, 38-44 Cranbourn Street, London WC2
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Dr John William Polidori
novelist
38 Great Pulteney Street
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Dr John William Polidori, novelist
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Dr John William Polidori, novelist

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The Penny Post

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39 Gerrard Street
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The Penny Post
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Paul de Lamerie
Silversmith
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40 Gerrard Street
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Paul de Lamerie, silversmith
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Giovanni Antonio Canal (known as Canaletto)
1697-1768. The most famous of Venetian painters. Well represented in The National Gallery.
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41 Beak Street
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Giovanni Antonio Canal (known as Canaletto)
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Giovanni Antonio Canal (known as Canaletto)

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Sarah Bernhardt 18441923. French stage and film actress. [more-1, more-2, more-3]
Sir Henry Irving 1838-1905. Victorian theatrical actor and manager. [ more-1, more-2, more-3]
41-43 Wardour Street (opp Gerrard Street)
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41-43 Wardour Street, Soho, W1
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Sarah Bernhardt
left-hand side
of entrance
Sir Henry Irving
right-hand side
of entrance
A Blue Plaque commemorating the life of Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), Actor, may be seen at 15a Grafton Street, London W1, where he lived from 1872 to 1899.

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Willy Clarkson
Theatrical wig maker
41-43 Wardour Street, W1
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William Clarkson
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John Dryden
Poet
[more-1, more-2, more-3]
42-44 Gerrard Street
The actual address was no.43.
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Dr John Snow
Anaesthetist, epidemiologist
[ more-1 more-2, more-3, more-4, more-5, more-6 ]
53 Frith Street
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Charles Bridgeman
Landscape gardener
54 Broadwick Street
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Charles Bridgeman
Charles Bridgeman

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The Soho Society
This plaque may once have been affixed to a wall in the St. Anne's Church building in Dean Street. Its present whereabouts are not known. The plaque's creation by the father of Andrew Westcott (a former director of the Soho Housing Association) was noted in the Soho Clarion No.52, Spring 1985.

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Dorothy L. Sayers, Scholar and writer
[ Dorothy L. Sayers Society, more-2, more-3 ]
St. Anne's Tower,
Dean Street
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Available for viewing by the public during Open House Day in September of each year. Viewing at all other times by prior arrangement in writing. Please write to the Soho Society, 55 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 6AF.
Dorothy L. Sayers

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2i's Coffee Bar Birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll
[ more-1, more-2, more-3, more-4 ]
55-59 Old Compton Street
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Councillor Ian Wilder
He served as councillor for the West End Ward from 2002 to 2009.
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Meard Street, on flank wall of 69 Dean Street
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Cllr Ian Wilder
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Shipley Books
The photographs were taken in mid-April 2009.
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70 Charing Cross Road, WC2
On the east side of Charing Cross Road and thus slightly offshore from mainland Soho
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Shipley Books, Charing Cross Road
SHIPLEY
BOOKS
1983-2008
A mecca for art lovers frequented by the
likes of John Berger, Peter Blake, Annie
Liebowitz and Susan Sontag. After 25
years of trading it closed its doors
at 70 Charing Cross Road on
Christmas eve 2008.

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Murder One Bookshop
This shop specialised in crime and mystery books. For several years it was located in premises in Soho, on the west side of Charing Cross Road. It then moved across the road to the current premises. The photographs were taken in mid-April 2009.
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76-78 Charing Cross Road, WC2
On the east side of Charing Cross Road and thus slightly offshore from mainland Soho
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Murder One Bookshop, Charing Cross Road
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Murder One Bookshop, Charing Cross Road
MURDER
ONE
1988-2009
The UK's first and only specialist crime
and mystery bookshop owned by the
acclaimed author Maxim Jakubowski.
Here it thrived for 21 years before
being forced to close due to
internet competition.

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The Board of Green Cloth

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Formerly at 78 Dean Street, Soho, but now in storage
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The Board of Green Cloth
53cm W x 48cm H x 3cm T

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Lord Grade (formerly Lew Grade) ##description##
[more]
Palladium Theatre,
87 Argyll Street
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Frankie Vaughan ##description##
[more]
Palladium Theatre,
87 Argyll Street
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Keith Moon
Drummer, wild man of rock 'n roll
[more]
90 Wardour Street (east side, north of Meard Street).
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Keith Moon, Drummer
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Lord Stanley of Preston, 16th Earl of Derby
Contributions to Canadian ice hockey
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128 Regent Street
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Lord Stanley of Preston
The bust shown below dates from an earlier era
22 Great Windmill Street
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Thomas Sheraton
Furniture designer
Click for a note published in the Soho Clarion, no.80, Winter 1992.
163 Wardour Street
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Thomas Sheraton
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Hamleys Toy Store
A planning application was submitted on 15 April 2009 to Westminster City Council for the installation of a green plaque on the column to the right of the main entrance. The application was granted on 8 July 2009. Westminster City Council Planning Application Reference: 09/02818/LBC. The plaque was installed during February 2010, in the same month as the celebrations and exhibition to mark the 50th Anniversary of nearby Carnaby Street.

Hamleys Toy Store,
188-196 Regent Street,
London W1B 5BT.
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Hamleys Toy Shop
 

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