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Green Plaques

Our Westminster Green Plaque scheme launched in 1991 to commemorate the diverse cultural heritage of Westminster and the people who have lived or worked here. It highlights buildings associated with people of renown who have made lasting contributions to society. 

Nominations for new Green Plaques will be reviewed by an advisory panel in April and October.

Criteria

Our Green Plaques commemorate people who:

  • are regarded as eminent by most members of their profession
  • deserve recognition for their genuine contribution to society or for improving lives
  • are reasonably well known
  • and where sufficient time has elapsed since their life to show their lasting contribution to society.

The scheme also marks buildings of historical interest, that form a significant part of the heritage of the city. Please bear in mind that:

  • a historical or cultural event of great significance must have taken place in any building that is nominated
  • nominations will not be considered on the basis of anniversaries or short stays from public figures alone
  • shops, restaurants and organisations must have existed for at least 100 years to be considered for a Green Plaque.

Submit a Green Plaque nomination

Fill in a nomination form

Process

Please ensure that sponsorship of £3,500 plus VAT is in place before you submit your nomination. This fee helps to cover the cost of administering the scheme.

1. Submit your nomination using the nomination form above.
2. We will contact you to discuss your nomination and clarify any additional information that is required.
3. We will carry out additional research to verify your nomination and submit your nomination to an advisory panel for consideration against the criteria.
4. Meetings to decide which nominations are taken forward will take place in April and October. Please keep these timings in mind when applying.
5. We will contact the building owner to seek permission to install the Green Plaque and prepare an application for listed building consent, if it is required.
6. A full report is prepared for formal approval by Cabinet Members.
7. Following approval, your plaque is manufactured and installed.
8. If you would like to organise an unveiling ceremony, we can provide an unveiling stand and curtain and help you with any logistics. It is your responsibility to organise and cover the cost of the ceremony and reception including microphones and speakers if required. 

Recent Green Plaques

Westminster Hospital
Dean Ryle Street (off Horseferry Road), SW1P 4DA
Unveiled on Monday 10 February 2020 by Rennie and Audrey Hoare, descendants of Henry Hoare who was one of the founding donors in 1719. Westminster Hospital was the first hospital in the world funded by charitable giving and became Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 1993. 
Find out more at cwplus.org.uk

Sir Alan Dawtry
Pimlico tube station underpass, 2 Bessborough Street, SW1V 2PU
Unveiled by Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Ruth Bush, Lady Dawtry and Sir Rodney Brooke on 8 February 2020

Maiden Lane recording studios
31 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS
Unveiled by Roger Taylor from Queen on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Read the Evening Standard coverage at standard.co.uk

Lady Jane boutique
29 Carnaby Street, London, W1F 7DH
Unveiled by former owners Henry Moss and the family of Harry Fox on Thursday 10 October 2019
See the press release at shaftesbury.co.uk

Centenary of GCHQ 
Watergate House, 13-15 York Buildings, London, WC2N 6JU
Unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 14 February 2019
Find out more at gchq.gov.uk

The Old Paddington Town Hall
Paddington Exchange, 8 Hermitage Street, London, W2 1PW
Unveiled on Tuesday 30 October 2018

Darbourne and Darke architects
Morgan House, Lillington Gardens Estate, SW1V 2LF
Unveiled on Saturday 29 September 2018

Captain Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson
Orchard Court, corner of Fitzhardinge Street and Seymour Mews, Marylebone, W1H
Unveiled on Tuesday 19 December 2017
Find out more

Lord John store, 43 Carnaby Street, W1F 7EA
Unveiled on Wednesday 22 November 2017
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William Henry Hudson, 11 Leinster Square, W2 4PL
Unveiled on 16 May 2017
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The Ivy Restaurant, 1-5 West Street, WC2H 9NQ
Unveiled on 17 January 2017
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Vince Man’s Shop, 5 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RG
Unveiled on 9 November 2016
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The Austrian Centre
124 Westbourne Terrace, W2 6QJ
Unveiled on 13 October 2016
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Professor Cecilia Vajda
105 Hallam Street, W1W
Unveiled on 28 April 2016
Find out more

Download a full list of Green Plaques in Westminster (PDF, 47KB)

To learn more about the Blue Plaques in London, please contact English Heritage. This is a separate scheme with different criteria.

Advisory panel

Rachel Anthony, The City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association
Adrian Autton, Development Manager, Westminster Archives and Local Studies
Helen Glew, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Westminster
Cllr Matthew Green, Cabinet Member for Business and Planning, Westminster City Council (Chair)
Colin Thom, Senior Research Associate, Survey of London, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment

Contact

For further information about Green Plaques in Westminster please email greenplaques@westminster.gov.uk or call 07971 026 113 (Mon-Fri).

Last updated: 4 August 2020