Touring the 'Cradle of Rock' and the British Blues Trail
Half Day Tour, approx 4 hours
You might call it ‘The Thames Blues Delta’! If the blues was born in the Mississippi delta, it started wearing trousers in the pretty, neighbouring west London riverside suburbs of Ealing, Richmond and Twickenham. Blues Legend, John Mayall said ‘Ealing is obviously the foundation and starting point of everything’; The Stones, The Yardbirds (Beck, Clapton, Page) and The Who were all born and raised here. Effectively so were Queen and an early Deep Purple. And so was Marshall Amps, as important to rock’n’roll as the names Gibson, Fender, Les Paul and Ludwig. Almost by accident, with the BBC TV studios and Ealing film studios located here, the neighbourhoods provided the location for seminal rock videos and films. This is a nigh on perfect morning for the serious rock fan – and an unbeatable way of seeing some of London’s most exclusive and attractive neighbourhood.
On this truly memorable day you’ll see:
- Alexis Korner’s Ealing Blues Cub, every bit London’s Cavern, where Brian first met Keef and Mick, Charlie joined the Stones, Clapton debuted and Beck, Stewart, Jones, Bruce and Baker all played
- The site of Marshall Amps birthplace
- The London suburb home of Hendrix drummer, Mitch Mitchell, diva Dusty Springfield, Rick Wakeman and Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie
- Deep Purple’s communal house, favourite pub and rehearsal studio
- Led Zeppelin’s rehearsal rooms, early gig sites, and where the Who rehearsed ‘Tommy’
- Early Who sites and locations
- The legendary Olympic Studios (Stones, Who, Hendrix Led Zep and others!)
- Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Pete Townsend’s Richmond homes
- Richmond’s Crawdaddy Club – The Rolling Stones and Yardbirds first residency
- Over, Under, Sideways, Down! Loads of Yardbirds sites
- The last home of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott beside Kew Botanic Gardens
- The Ealing Art College – alumni including Freddie Mercury, Pete Townsend, Ronnie Wood
- Marc Bolan’s death tree and shrine
- Punk sites including the Nashville and various Sex Pistols/Clash sites
- Shepherds Bush locations relating to the Police, Bowie, Elvis Costello and others;
Venues such as The White City BBC studios, the Empire and Hammersmith’s Apollo and Palais.
- Punk sites, including the Nashville and various Sex Pistols/Clash sites.
The tour can be combined with our SCHEDULED Classic Rock Legends and Beatle sites afternoon tour for a full day tour.