Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are these walking tours?
A. No, these are small coach panoramic tours with photo stops – but sometimes do have short walking sections. You certainly are off the vehicle at the Abbey Road crossing!

Q. Where is the pick-up point?rocktour
A. From 01 April 2022 —  this is The London Rock Tour new meeting point:

Duke of York Column Monument, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AJ

Junction of Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrace

Directions from Piccadilly Circus tube station: Use Regent Street St James’s exit, stay straight, cross Pall Mall, stay straight until the road ends in front of Duke of York column monument. Wait by the base of the monument, which is at top of The Mall steps, for your London Rock Tour guide.

Please plan to arrive 5/10 minutes prior to your tour start time so you can check in with your Rock Tour Guide.

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LONDON ROCK TOUR MEETING POINT, photo above

FYI – For lunch breaks, please note the steps go down to The Mall and ICA/Institute of Contemporary Arts, opened 12:00-21:00 SUN-TUES/closed Mondays, and they have a bar for drinks/snacks, loos and a gift shop. There is a Pret and several other restaurants/shops/cafes along Regent Street St James’s, a few minutes’ walk from the meeting point.

 

 

Occasionally, we have to start from an alternative point when travel in the city centre becomes difficult though parades or demonstrations. You will always be advised of any changes.

 

Q. What time do we get back from the tours? In time for afternoon tours and theatre?
A. About 12.30 on the morning tour; 17:30 on the afternoon tour and bout 20:00/20:30 on the evening tour. It can vary due to traffic but we don’t rush!

Q. Where do the tours finish?
A. We usually drop off near Piccadilly Circus tube station, right in the city centre, close to the underground and theatre district.

Q. Can you collect me from my hotel?
A. Not on regular, scheduled tours. We depart from the central point.

Q. Do we walk across Abbey Road?
A. Absolutely! On the morning, afternoon and evening daily tours.

Q. Can we go inside the Abbey Road studios?
A. No. The studios do not allow visitors inside but you can take lots of photos from outside and write on the wall (if that’s your ambition!).

Q. Are the tours only in English?
A. Yes. But for private groups we can operate the tours in French, Spanish, German and Dutch subject to availability.

Q. Are there any entrances fees to be paid?
A. No, everything we see is free. Primarily our tours are panoramic, you do not go inside buildings.

Q. Can we just turn up on the day and pay on the tour?
A. If there are seats available, yes. However, as the tours are popular pre-booking and payment is advised and this guarantees a seat.

Q. Are there any stops on the tour?
A. We stop at various points on route to enable you to take photographs and there is a comfort stop on the morning tour and the afternoon tour.  There’s no comfort stop on our evening tour as it is shorter. All tours stop for the famous photo stop at the Abbey Road crossing.

Q. Do you do private tours?
A. Yes, for any size of party with the cost depending on the party size and the length/type of tour. We have run tours for birthday parties, special occasions, corporate incentive groups, and even wedding showers. We also design and run educational tours on aspects of music and popular culture for college and university groups. You can be any size party from 2 guests to 100!

Q. Do you take people with mobility challenges?
A. Yes, as long as they are able to get on and off the vehicle. Wheelchairs can usually be stored in the trunk. If you have any questions, please email us.

Q. Are the tours suitable for children?
A. Not for the very young but it’s always lovely to welcome a new generation of rock fans on board!

Q. Do you offer FAM tours for the travel trade and media representatives?
A. Yes. Please contact us with your request. We have worked with major media organisations and worked as local producers for film and TV documentaries on London and the UK’s rock history.

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