26: Check out where famous people used to live

A lot of famous – and not so famous – key figures have leaved in London before us. The plates adorning the walls of London are a daily reminder of the city’s great past. Until you have a plate with your name engraved on it somewhere in London, keeping one’s eyes open on them may lead you to interesting – or funny – discoveries.
London has indeed been host to men (and women) of many different backgrounds and professions, including a lot of writers, such as Melville
Melville's plateH.G. Wells

H.G. Wells' plate

Or Kipling
Kipling's plate

Several politicians also lived here, including Benjamin Franklin (who could also fit in a “scientist” list) one of the founding fathers of the USA:

Franklin's plate
or Ho Chi Minh, even though the plate, located on Haymarket, does not precise the nature of the work he was doing at the Carlton or even why it was relevant to his being the “founder of modern Vietnam”

Ho Chi Minh's plate

The city has also welcomed philosophers, such as the likes of Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, the philosophy of “the greatest good for the greatest number of people” according to which the morality of an action depends solely on its utility to create happiness for the greatest number of people:

Bentham's plate

Finally, a watchful eye may also notice some more unlikely plates, such as the one of the fiction character Sherlock Holmes!

Sherlock Holmes' plate


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