London is a well known hot spot for the rich and famous. The glitz and glamour of the city attracts millions of tourists each year to the West End and to the Shaftesbury Hotels Collection, some of the most glamorous hotels in the city. Whoever your favourite actors, sportspeople, leaders or personalities are, you can be rest assured that at least one of them has lived in or is from London. Below are some of the most famous Londoners who have left their legacy on the city and its different areas. Wherever your staying in the city, there’s plenty of sites to see, made mythic by the famous and legendary who lived there.
Amy Winehouse was one of the most famous residents of Camden. Her amazing music career was tragically cut short by her death but her spirit definitely lives on in this North London Borough. As a visitor to London and an Amy Winehouse fan, you’ll definitely want to peruse the markets and charming British pubs which she definitely left her mark on.
Hailing from Waltham Forest in East London, David Beckham is possibly one of the best known footballers in the world. Although he may have left his hometown for more glamorous accommodation, this once England team Captain has inspired many Londoners to keep fit and get into football. Married to Victoria Beckham, a former Spice Girl and now fashion designer, David Beckham is a true celebrity, his wife also hailing from the borderlands of Essex, in Harlow.
Having first started his journey as a film star in urban sci fi comedy thriller, Attack the Block, John Boyega has gone on to play a lead role in the new Star Wars trilogy. Whilst he has been shot to galaxies far far away, his heart will always be in London’s Peckham, where he was born and grew up. In interviews, John Boyega often recalls his favourite bar in the area being Franks Bar, a rooftop bar with an amazing view over the London skyline and a definite must for your nights out.
Samuel Pepys was a famous writer from the 17th century who is most famous for his amazing records of life in London during the 1600’s. The diaries he kept document the Anglo Dutch war, the great plague and the great fire of London, giving a unique insight into the way that life was lived during the period. Whether you read him for the literature or the history, samuel Pepys can give you a vivid depiction of both Fleet Street and the wider area of London during this tumultuous period.
For the best filming locations in the world, take inspiration from one of the best filmmakers in the world. Alfred Hitchcock’s location walks, whether it be through the vast greenery near the Grand Royal Hyde Park or through the back alleys of Bethnal Green were made all the more detailed due to his upbringing in Waltham Forest in East London. This famous director is known for inspiring generations of directors after him with films such as Psycho and The Birds.
Born in Lambeth in South London, David Bowie is one of the most famous pop singers of the 20th century. His inspiration came from the area and the era in which he grew up, seeing first hand the swinging sixties of Brixton as he developed his image and music.