Visiting London can be…expensive. On one of my first trips over there, I had spent nearly all of my pitiful college savings just on the airfare, and with food and lodging being what it is, that didn’t leave much pocket change for touristy outings. Lucky for me however, there is plenty of free history and culture right there on the London Streets and I’m not just talking about the architecture (though it is impressive!)
All I had to do was search for the Blue Plaques - Round blue signs displayed proudly on buildings and houses that commemorate the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked. It is a uniquely successful means of connecting people and place and it’s 100% free!
So on a particularly sunny English day, my friend and I traipsed all over London on a scavenger hunt for London Blue Plaques. Whenever we saw one, we had to run over and take a picture of it. By the end of the day, we had an impressive array of photos and in the process, I had gotten a whirlwind tour of pretty much all of London! I got a sense of the different neighborhoods and had a wonderful time seeing the homes of so many incredible writers, artists and important figures of the past! In fact, that may be my fondest memory of London. So many incredible people have lived there and walked those streets …When you think about it, it’s pretty inspiring!
Now any time I’m over in London Town, I always keep an eye out for blue plaques. I still hurry over and take a quick snapshot to add to my collection. Because you never know who’s historic path you may be following until you look up and take note of those brilliant British Blue Plaques!