Exploring London’s musical heritage offers fascinating opportunities to get off the normal tourist trail. This is where you can discover iconic spots related to the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimmi Hendrix, The Sex Pistols and many more.
Covent Garden is well known for its classical music links, especially Opera and Ballet. Not far away is a museum devoted to legendary composer George Frederick Handel and singer/guitarist Jimmy Hendrix. This is where you can walk through Handel’s performance and rehearsal rooms as well as seeing the rooms occupied by Jimmy Hendrix in the adjacent building.
Book a stay at Best Western Palm Hotel Golders Green and take a walk over the iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing in St John’s Wood just like the Beatles, or head down Kings Road and discover the places where Rolling Stones and other bands hung out. Stop off at number 430 where Sid Vicious once worked as a shop assistant. Find some vintage Beatles memorabilia at the London Beatles Store in Baker Street, and head down to 94 Baker Street to find the blue plaque marking where John Lennon and George Harrison once lived. Prefer David Bowie? Then head over to Heddon Street where the cover of Ziggy Stardust was shot in 1972, while further south in Brixton, Tunstall Road has a spectacular mural celebrating the music of David Bowie.
Try some of the dramatic music venues in Camden Town such as the Jazz Café or The Roundhouse where Jimmy Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Doors once performed, while Madonna’s first UK performance took place at Koko. Follow the canal up to Primrose Hill, where the Rolling Stones were photographed for the cover of the Between the Buttons 1967 album.
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The Hard Rock Café Museum has a splendid collection of rock memorabilia including outfits worn by Elvis. Over at the Royal Albert Hall, you can book special tours highlighting the buildings involvement in pop culture such as when the Beatles and Rolling Stones played on the same bill.
For something very different, set up a base by checking out some hotels in Cricklewood London for rent and book a tour on the Swinging Sixties bus. This is an incredible experience, as you travel in a classic 1960’s London Transport Routemaster bus around South West London visiting places like Eel Pie Island, Twickenham Studios, Chiswick House and various pubs which were popular hang outs for groups like Led Zepplin, Marmalade, The Kinks, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. The Beatles had their last group photographs taken before the break up beside Richmond Bridge. Friendly, well informed guides tell you stories about the locations and their connections with these famous Sixties groups. You can even breathe in the scent of the Sixties as the buses are infused with the smell of Patchouli oil!