Many of the world's largest shipping lines had headquarters in the City of London, notably on Cockspur Street off the west-side of Trafalgar Square. The White Star Line, along with the Cunard Line and the Hamburg-Amerika Linie (later becoming the Peninsular & Oriential (P&O) Line building), the Orient Line and the Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen Services were to be found along Cockspur Street.
Today the population of London stands at over 8½ million people. A century ago, the figure was around half that, with 4.5 million people living in the city. In 1912, as today, London was the focus for trade and commerce in the country, with many shipping lines having offices in the city. Potential passengers could buy tickets at these offices and then travel from stations, such as London Waterloo, to ports across the country.
In 1911, to celebrate the Coronation of King George V on 22 June 1911, the White Star Line building on Cockspur Street was decorated with lights, a large illuminated star, 'GR' lettering and a large half-model of the Olympic, with illuminated letters spelling out 'Olympic 45000 Tons'. The Olympic had sailed on her maiden voyage from the previous week on 14 June, so it was a double-celebration for the staff of the White Star Line in London.
The celebrations were in marked contrast to events less that a year later with the loss of the Titanic on her maiden voyage. With the breaking news of the sinking emerging the White Star Line offices in London, along with their offices and those of their agents in towns and cities across the world, were besieged by anxious relatives searching for news of their loved ones, determined journalists and curious onlookers.
Only days earlier residents from London, passengers from all walks of life, booked to travel aboard the Titanic had made their way to London and South Western Railway's Waterloo Station to join the boat train to Southampton. Those passengers from across the country destined to travel aboard the Titanic travelled down to the capital and on to Waterloo to travel on to Southampton.
Today, across London there are many important sites associated with the story of the Titanic and memorials dedicated to her passengers and crew.
Use the map controls to locate and view all the memorials listed in London, Greater London.
Memorials are shown on the map and listed in order northern-most memorials first, listed east to west, southern-most memorials last. Pan the map left, right, up and down using your mouse cursor or touch device; click or touch the zoom controls to narrow and widen your search area. Click or touch to select any of the markers to learn more about each Titanic memorial. Sites close to each other may have their markers clustered together, so increase the zoom to see each individual map marker.