Saturday, 19 November 2016

#plaque366 Rosa Lewis

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!

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Nicknamed The Duchess of Jermyn Street - and dramatised as The Duchess of Duke Street – Rosa Lewis was born in East London and became one of the leading chefs of her day. Rumoured to have had an affair in the 1890s with the man who would become King Edward VII, she bought The Cavendish Hotel in 1902. The wording on the plaque is most revealing: she did not "run" or "operate" the Cavendish… she ruled.

Her plaque can be found on today's version of The Cavendish in Jermyn Street…

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