Monday, 4 April 2016

#plaque366 Alma Cogan in #Kensington


April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 


The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series



Alma Cogan on High Street, Kensington…





































The brightest British star of the pre-Beatles era, Alma Cogan enjoyed chart success with her breezy, traditional pop tunes from 1954 to 1960. Her cheerful style (she was billed as “The Girl with the Laugh in her Voice”) took her to Number 1 with Dreamboat in 1955 and an appearance on the fabled Ed Sullivan Show in 1957. Her Blue Plaque is on the apartment block where she lived and staged her legendary showbiz parties. On any given night at 44 Stafford Court, High Street Kensington one could run into Lionel Bart, Cary Grant, John Lennon, Michael Caine or Noel Coward. And those were just the regulars. A Londoner through-and-through, she was born in Golders Green and lived in Kensington for fifteen years until her death, at the age of 36, in 1966.



Here's how to find the plaque…





With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.


To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!


A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!





A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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