black london: 10 historic sites to explore the city’s rich past

July 19, 2017
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AFROPUNK London 2017 is right around the corner! While you’re in town from July 22-23 (after copping one of our customizable Travel Packages so that you get the most bang for your buck) for our most exciting lineup yet (including The Internet, Lianne La Havis, Corinne Bailey Rae and more!), we’ve compiled this list of sites that make Black London what it is today. From a statue of Nelson Mandela to the places where Black radicals plotted to overthrow the government, below are 10 historic sites and monuments to visit while in town:

1. Nelson Mandela Statue

Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3JX

Photo: Fearless Fred

2. Black Cultural Archives

1 Windrush Square, London, Brixton SW2 1EF, United Kingdom

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3. Cato Street Conspiracy

1A Cato Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5HG

On 1 May 1820, Jamaican William Davidson, who had arranged to buy weapons to ambush a meeting of government ministers and take over the country, was arrested at Cato Street, convicted, and then executed in front of a huge crowd.

Photo by Spudgun67

4. The Africa Centre

66 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0BL, UK

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5. Hackney Museum

1 Reading Ln, London E8 1GQ, UK

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6. Olaudah Equiano plaque

73 Riding House Street, Marylebone, London W1W 7EJ

Equiano was kidnapped from Nigeria as a young boy, and sold into British slavery. He went on to learn to read and write, serve in various wars with the Royal Navy, free himself from slavery and went on to travel the world in an amazing story he turned into the book The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano in 1789. A plaque in his honor can be found at the Charles Bell House.

Photo by Philafrenzy

7. African & Caribbean War Memorial

Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1JG

Photo by BBC Africa

8. The Mangrove Restaurant: Black British Civil Rights HQ

8 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, W11 1HH

Established by activist Frank Chrichlow, The Mangrove Restaurant was a meeting place for the Black Panthers.

Photo by Getty Images

9. SOAS, University of London

Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG, UK

SOAS is recognized as being one of the foremost universities for those interested in the African Diaspora.

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10. Windrush Square

Windrush Square, Brixton, London, UK

Windrush Square is home to the Black Cultural Archives, the largest archive of Black history in Britain.

Photo via SoulOfAmerica