The life of a famous Victorian bodybuilder who fought a lion has been recognised at a Holland Park house with a new blue plaque.
On Monday, a Blue Plaque was put up by English Heritage at 161 Holland Park Avenue. It marks the life pioneer Eugen Sandow. The strongman, who once battled a lion, lived at the address from 1906 until his death in 1925.
Great-grandson Chris Davies, who saw the unveiling, searched high and low to find out more about his great grandfather.
He said: "I began my personal search in 2003 by visiting all places in Europe called 'Sandow'. I hope his Olympian efforts in the world of health and physical culture will long be remembered."
Sandow was famed for his extraordinary strength during the Victorian and Edwardian era.
Orginally from Prussia, he joined a group of travelling performers before making his first appearance on a London stage. Strongman Charles Sampson challenged him to match the performance of his pupil 'Cyclops' at the Royal Aquarium.
Sandow successfully completed the weight-lifting, chain-breaking and iron-pipe bending trials. He soon became famous for feats such the 'Tomb of Hercules', where he balanced a board carrying weights and his manager on his shoulders .
Sandow also spent four years travelling through America, battling a lion in San Francisco. During this time that he married Blanche and had two daughters called Lorraine and Helen.
The muscle man then suffered a breakdown and returned to England, opening his own gym in St James's called the Institute for Physical Culture in 1897.
Sandow also devised Britain's first major body-building contest, held at the Royal Albert Hall in 1901. The winner was presented with a gold statuette of himself.
His latter years were overshadowed by financial difficulties. Sandow suffered severe bouts of depression before his death on October 14, 1925. It was claimed in the press that a blood vessel had burst in his brain after he lifted his car single-handedly out of a ditch years before.
Wife Blanche refused all contact with those wishing to know more about the death and no gravestone was placed on Sandow's plot at Putney Vale Cemetery.