Rock & Roll History in the neighborhoods of Notting Hill, Kensington, St John’s Wood & Chelsea
ACCESS ALL AREAS *HIPPIES, PUNKS, MODS, RASTAS *1950s till today
“I dreamed for 30 years of walking across Abbey Road. It was amazing but I never expected to see all this other stuff. Your guide was so knowledgeable and a great entertainer. It was nearly 4 hours of pure magic!”
We call this our Classic Rock legends tour because it covers sites and locations relevant to the history of so many 60s, 70s and 80s artists in the elite neighbourhoods of Chelsea, Kensington, Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, St John’s Wood, Marylebone and the West End. We’re touring sites that made the Sixties swing; where London’s hippy underground ‘counter-culture’ took off; and where the 70s punk revolution took place! You’ll See the boutiques, pubs and clubs that made these decades, inspiring hundreds of well-known lyrics. Ideal for Beatle fans, you’ll see Brian Epstein’s flat, Ringo’s Kings Road apartment, John and Yoko’s first home, Paul’s current London home, the EMI studio where the St Pepper’s cover was shot, the Apple Office and boutique, and where the ‘Mop Tops’ the played their last ever live gig. There are lots more other Beatle and related landmarks. And, YES, you do get to walk across that famed ABBEY ROAD crossing!
If other classic acts such as Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Bob Marley, Queen, the Stones and Bowie are you favourites then you wont be disappointed. The tour also covers where Geldof conceived Band Aid and Live Aid, where and how the Sex Pistols was formed, the Clash’s neighbourhood and the cradle of Reggae There are heaps of sites to please Pink Floyd fans. We pass the homes of Freddie Mercury, Bowie, Bolan, Jimmy Page, Macca and Clapton, to name a few and see where Jimi Hendrix died. With so many celebrities living in this part of London you never know who you might see in passing! For Stones fans there’s the legendary Edith Grove apartment, various of Jagger’s houses, the ‘Sticky Fingers’ restaurant. We’ll also surprise you with sites related to a host of band that you’ll never have realised had such strong London connections. All this plus studios, record company offices, gig sites, secluded hotels favoured by the stars, album cover locations and story, after story, after story from your informed rock guide.
Last 2017 Summer season departure at 2pm Monday October 30th.
Winter 2107/2018: Sat, Sun, Tue, Weds, Thu only, 1pm to 4.30pm, Oct 31, 2017 to Thursday Mar 15, 2018.
Summer 2018: Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri, from 2pm to 5.30 pm, Saturday Mar 17 to Friday November 02, 2018.
The Original Tour Visitor Centre,
17-19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square.
Nearest Underground Station: Piccadilly Circus or Charing Cross.
Notes: the tour on Sat, May, 2018 departs from 248 Vauxhall Bridge Road (nearest underground station, Victoria) due to the ‘Gay Pride’ festival and there is NO TOUR on the 29 July 2018 during the Prudential Ride London-Surrey. The tour also departs from Vauxhall Bridge Road on other major event days in August or when central London has road closures.
The Special Group Tours Advantage is our unique and intimate understanding of what you expect traveling in the UK and Europe. We have not only visited but have spent many years living in and loving the cultures you will experience down the ‘B’ Roads and off the beaten track. We have worked with local suppliers and our guide/companion team for over a decade, creating unique special interest itineraries. Special Group Tours offers our “insider” knowledge to you.
The SGT Small Group Touring Concept is traveling with just 4 - 14 guests per departure. It is our aim to introduce you to the 'real' country and its people, not just ticking the boxes of a standardized route and treating you as an individual and not a number. Our concept allows for a leisurely touring pace and flexibility to get off the beaten track to discover hidden gems. Of course you'll see the major sites but so much more too!
At Special Group Tours, it is our priority that you have the most enjoyable holiday possible. You deserve it!