Highlights / Info
- Seeing parts of historic London tourists seldom see
- Over 200 significant rock and pop heritage sites
- The famed Abbey Road Crossing and other important Beatles’sites
- Music genres include rock’n’roll, blues, psychedelic, progressive, punk, Brit-pop and the current scene
Tour Duration : 8h00 (full day)
Guarantee departure: Daily from April to October
Live Guide : English
Pick Up service: No pick up for this tour
Hell-raising, drug-taking and music-making! This morning we cover past and present Rock landmarks in bohemian Soho and the North London neighbourhoods of Camden Town, Islington and St John’s Wood. In addition to many Beatle-related sites, including the Abbey Road crossing, the theatre they owned, the early NEMS office and McCartney’s office, you’ll also see over 100 other icon locations bringing to life the colourful histories of classic, progressive, punk and Brit-Rock acts. In Soho we find clubs such as the Marquee, Ronnie Scott’s, the legendary UFO; Trident Studios where Queen, Genesis, Bowie, Bolan and others made seminal albums. In ‘Tin Pan Alley’ you’ll hear about the Stone’s first recording session, Elton’s ‘Woolworth’ albums, how Bowie lived in a caravan, where the Sex Pistols rehearsed and lived, where Bob Dylan played his first London gig.
Later you’ll see where Pink Floyd cut ‘The Wall’; where Hendrix first burnt his guitar; where Jimmy Page cut his first disc in Joe Meek’s home studio (the ‘Telstar’ man); where Elton John tried to commit suicide. Also on this fantastic tour, apartments and homes of Pete Townsend, Elton, the Sex Pistols, Ritchie Blackmore, Syd Barrett, the Gallagher brothers, and where Amy Winehouse ended her short and problem-filled life.
You are dropped at the Hard Rock Café for lunch and memorabilia vault visit (lunch not included in cost) and then at 2.15 are picked up for the afternoon portion of the tour which covers Chelsea, Kensington, Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, St John’s Wood, Marylebone and the West End. We’re touring sites that made the ‘Sixties’ swinging and where both psychedelic and punk rock were born! See the boutiques, pubs, clubs and location that inspired hundreds of well-known lyrics. For Beatle fans, there’s Brian Epstein’s flat, Ringo’s Kings Road apartment, John and Yoko’s first home, Paul’s current London home, the studio where the St Pepper’s cover was shot, Apple Office and boutique, EMI, Mason’s Yard, where the ‘Mop Tops’ the played their last ever live gig and lots more other Beatle and related landmarks. And, YES, you do get to walk across that famed ABBEY ROAD crossing!
The tour also covers the Clash’s neighbourhood, also home to Bob Marley. There are over a dozen iconic sites to please Pink Floyd fans, and the same for Jimi Hendrix. We pass the homes of Freddie Mercury, Ringo, Bowie, Bolan, Jimmy Page, McCartney, John & Yoko, the Bee Gees, and Clapton, to name just a few. You’ll see where the Rolling Stones were formed and stop at the ‘Sticky Fingers’ restaurant. All this plus studios, record company offices, gig sites, secluded hotels favoured by the stars, album cover locations and story, after story from your informed rock guide.
Terms & conditions
- English guide specialized
- Small group on 16-seat minibus
What’s not included
- Personal expenses
- Pick up / drop off
Departs 09.00 from 17-19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square
Meeting 15 minutes before departure.
*All tours to be booked at least 72 hours in advance, subject to availability