A young Muhammad Ali Jinnah arrived in London in the 1890s to study at Lincoln’s Inn before the partition of the subcontinent, before entering politics and long before he started practicing law in India.
In 1895 the father of our country lived there, in Kensington Borough, according to a blue plaque outside 35 Russell Street.
Recently, Ayesha Siddiqa, author and scholar, tweeted photographs of Quaid-e-Azam’s London residences “from when he came for his apprenticeship in the late 1800s, 2 when he left there and went on to enter English politics in 1930.”
In a detailed post on Facebook, Siddiqa said: “Muhammad Ali Jinnah went to London in the late 1890s and lived in Kensington. The house there has a plaque in his name and says he lived there in 1895. He had gone to hear the speech of Dadabhoy Nooroji who got elected to the House of Commons around that time.”
She said that the neighborhood “still doesn’t compare with Hampstead where he went to live later in 1930. He first joined the Fabian Society which later became Labour Party and wanted to get a ticket and contest elections like Dadabhoy Nooroji”.
“He didn’t succeed so then joined the Conservative Party and tried the same but failed. Afterward, he returned to India and took up leadership of the Muslim League. He lived in a large house in the Heath of Health neighborhood. The house is no longer there but was very close to where Rabindranath Tagore and DH Lawrence also lived,” she said.
“The photo of the street gives an idea of where he lived. The last two photos are of the pub King William IV which he used to frequent which is why they have a photo of him inside,” the author added.
Jinnah’s residence in Kensington received a plaque in 1955 after a proposal was made to the city council of London to name it a heritage site.
You can access more details about the house here.