Violinist and composer Yehudi Menuhin and activist Claudia Jones, known as “the founding spirit of Notting Hill Carnival”, will be honoured with blue plaques this year.
English Heritage said the achievements of the 2023 class of recipients ranged across fields including the arts, music, social reform and politics.
Menuhin’s plaque will commemorate the six-storey house in Belgravia, London, where the American-born musician lived, worked and entertained for the last 16 years of his life until 1999.
Journalist and anti-racism activist Jones will be honoured with a plaque laid at the shared dwelling in Vauxhall where she lived for four years from the late ’50s.
It was during this time that she founded the West Indian Gazette and came up with the idea of bringing a Caribbean carnival to London.
The first carnival took place at St Pancras Town Hall in January 1959, and later moved outdoors as the Notting Hill Carnival.
Her plaque will mark the Kensington house where she lived as she completed her schooling.
Sophia Duleep Singh, the daughter of a deposed Indian maharaja whose kingdom was annexed by the British, will also be honoured.
She was an active suffragette and made use of her royal title to generate support for suffrage.
English Heritage aims to award 12 plaques each year and will announce more in the coming months.
Professor William Whyte, trustee and new chairman of the Blue Plaques Panel, said: “Every year, English Heritage’s blue plaques offer a glimpse of the very best of human achievement.
“In my first year as chair of the panel, I am particularly excited to recognise so many who fought for what they believed in.
“From Emily Wilding Davison, who famously died for her cause, to Claudia Jones, whose life-long struggle for social justice helped inspire the Notting Hill Carnival, these are people who made a difference and it’s an honour to play a part in making sure that their contributions are remembered.”