- Be dead for 20 years, or be born at least 100 years before today’s date – whichever comes earlier.
- Be regarded as quite brilliant by other members of your profession.
- Make some sort of outstanding contribution to the welfare or happiness of your fellow human being.
- Live at the house in question either for a significant period of time, or during an important period of your life.
- Get yourself recognised by the average well-informed person on the street, or do something that will deserve national recognition.
- If you’re foreign, get yourself an international reputation or quite an excellent standing.
Easy eh? Here are some addresses (and their nearest tube stations) of those actually deserving a blue plaque:
J M Barrie
100 Bayswater Road, Westminster, W2 (Queenswater)
Biological Sciences Building, University College,
Camden, Gower Street, WC1 (Euston Square)
Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London (Euston)
36 Forest Hill Road
East Dulwich, Southwark, SE22 (Forest Hill)
87 Jermyn Street, SW1, Westminster (Piccadilly Circus)
23 Campden Hill Square
Kensington, Kensington and Chelsea, W8 (Holland Park)
H G Wells
13 Hanover Terrace
Westminster, NW1 (Baker Street)
W B Yeats
23 Fitzroy Road
Camden, NW1 (Chalk Farm)