On this day 256 years ago, William Blake was born on Broadwick Street in Soho. Throughout his life he resided at a number of London locations working as an engraver. Only after his death did he become famous for his poems and is now one of the world’s most famous Londoners.
If you fancy some GCSE flashbacks in celebration of Blake’s birthday, members and volunteers of Southbank Mosaics artisan studio have created 28 mosaics in tribute to the poet, which can be found on Centaur Street in Lambeth. In this area under the tunnels near Waterloo station, the mosaics illustrate ten years’ worth of Blake’s output, created while he lived on nearby Hercules Road. Jude Brosnan
The William Blake Southbank Mosaics can be found on and around Centaur Street, SE1, under the railway arches.