Central and North London Rock Sites
Hell-raising, drug-taking and music-making! This tour covers 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 50 other icon locations bringing to life the colourful histories of classic, progressive, punk and Brit-Rock acts. You’ll see and hear about Soho clubs such as the Marquee, Ronnie Scott’s, the 2is The Vortx, and legendary UFO; Trident Studios where Queen, Genesis, Bowie, Bolan and others made seminal albums. On ‘Tin Pan Alley’ you’ll hear about the Stone’s first recording session, Elton’s ‘Woolworth’ albums and how Bowie lived in a caravan. You’ll see where the Sex Pistols rehearsed and lived, where Bob Dylan played his first London gig, and where Hendrix and Phil Lynott, amongst many past and present guitar heroes, bought their instruments.
How about these for iconic sites! Where Pink Floyd cut ‘The Wall’ and Joy Division made ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’; where U2 played first London gig in front of 8 people; where the Sex Pistols made ‘Nevermind…’ and Clash ‘London Calling’; where Hendrix first burnt his guitar and Bowie became ‘Ziggy’; 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 Bob Marley, Pete Townsend, Elton, the Sex Pistols, Ritchie Blackmore, Bowie, Syd Barrett, the Gallagher brothers, and where Amy Winehouse ended her short and problem-filled life. It’s sex, drugs and rock’n’roll!
- Small group on 16-seat mini-bus
- Specialist Live guide with themed music soundtrack
- Seeing parts of historic London tourists seldom see
- Over 100 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.
Wanna Rock and Roll All Day? Combine this morning Summer of Love tour with the afternoon Classic Rock & Beatles tour for a Full Day ‘Monsters of Rock’ tour!
London is Calling You! Depending on your age, this is either a chance to wallow in glorious nostalgia, or grab an ‘education’ in Rock myths and history. Have those lyrics come alive and make the London connection. This fantastic day combines both our morning tour one and afternoon tour two. Not only a memorable day for the rock fan but for anybody who wants to see more of London than simply the main central tourist attractions. This tour gets you to places not normally seen by regular tourists and there’s lots of photograph! All our tours are accompanied by a knowledgeable driver/guide who knows the city’s history as well as the more specific rock history so you get two tours in one!
‘What a tour! Fantastic! Undoubtedly, the best thing I did in London. I loved the unusual views of London’. Jenny, Australia
‘Brilliant, just brilliant! This tour brought my entire music collection to life! I’ll be back to do it again as I simply couldn’t take it all in over just the one day!’ Pete, Seattle.