Rock Heritage in Central and North London
ACCESS ALL AREAS *HIPPIES, PUNKS, MODS, RASTAS *1950s till today
‘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!’
Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll; The Early Years!
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. Neighbourhoods steeped in Mod, Hippy and Punk culture, and where tomorrow’s legends are creating today’s music (and, like their elders, sometimes behaving badly…). In addition to a collection of Beatle-related sites, including the Abbey Road crossing and studio, you’ll also see over 50 other icon locations bringing to life the colourful histories of classic, progressive, punk and Brit-Rock acts.
Rock music was born and raised in the tiny backstreets and alleys of Soho. It’s here you find basement clubs, rehearsal rooms, pubs and recording studios where the bands made their first tentative steps towards stardom. You’ll see and hear about the Marquee, Knuckles, 100 Club, the Roxy, Ronnie Scott’s Club, The Vortx, the Scene and legendary UFO. Then, there are the studios like Trident and De Lane Lea where Queen, Genesis, Bowie, Bolan and others made seminal albums. Beatlefans will enjoy seeing Macca’s Golden Disc covered office, the flat where he wrote ‘Yesterday’, early show sites, the theatre they owned, the early NEMS office, where Ringo brought his famed Ludwig kit, and the only flat shared by all Fab Four. 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 and continue to buy their instruments.
Amongst our many seminal locations on this tour, you’ll see where Bill Haley launched rock’n’roll onto London and where Cliff Richard, Tommy Steel, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury and others followed his lead; you’ll see where Pink Floyd cut ‘The Wall’ and Joy Division made ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’; where U2 played one of their first London gigs in front of 8 people; where the Sex Pistols made ‘Nevermind…’ and Clash ‘London Calling’; where Hendrix first burnt his guitar and Floyd premiered DSOM. You’ll see where Jimmy Page cut his first disc in the home studio where Joe Meek (the ‘Telstar’ man) killed his landlady, and where Elton John tried to commit suicide. You’ll see 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.
As with all our tours, you’re accompanied by a specialist rock’n’roll guide who’ll bring the history of these locations vividly to life with music and photographs.
2017: last tour Monday October 30th
Summer 2018 re-starts Saturday March 17th: .Daily, from 9am to approx. 12.30pm
Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday & Friday: 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.
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