History of The Who in London and West London Blues Trail (LR7)

‘Who Are You?’ History of The Who in London and West London Blues Trail

Who where the ‘Mods’? This youth cult introduced the world to a new style, fashion and music from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. The influence of Mod style and culture is still having an impact today. And the greatest of all Mod bands were The Who. Come with us to discover Mod London and the birthplace of The Who and their own special brand of destructive rock’n’roll!


This is the ‘Magic Bus’! Well, it certainly is for Who fans as we tour the west London neighbourhoods of Shepherds Bush, Acton, Ealing and Hanwell.  Members of The Who were all born and raised here and this is where they forged their unique and powerful music. On this tour, get the full story of the Who’s remarkable career from their beginnings as The Detours, their adoption by the Mod movement, and their rise to status as the greatest ever rock’n’roll band. On our roots tour and in the company of our expert guide, past and current homes, schools, early gigs sites, rehearsal rooms, studios clubs and staging points on their ‘amazing journey’. Learn about the 60s environment that gave birth to Mods and Rockers and underpinned Townsend’s masterpiece ‘Quadrophenia’…

Blues Legend, John Mayall said ‘Ealing is obviously the foundation and starting point of everything’; The Stones, The Yardbirds (Beck, Clapton, Page) and The Who were all born and raised here.

This West London touring adventure includes the story of the Birth of London’s Blues scene in Ealing, Eel Pie Island and Richmond!



Ealing Blues Club, every bit London’s Cavern! This is where Brian Jones first met Jagger and Richards & where Charlie joined the Stones; where Clapton debuted and Alexis Korner, Beck, Stewart, Bruce and Baker all played; also in proximity are various Yardbirds places and homes of Mitch Mitchell, Dusty Springfield, Rick Wakeman, Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott…

Ealing Art College – alumni including Freddie Mercury, Pete Townsend, Ronnie Wood

Richmond’s Crawdaddy Club – The Rolling Stones and Yardbirds first residency

Richmond homes of  Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Pete Townsend

Shepherds Bush locations relating to The Who, Police, Bowie, Elvis Costello and others

As time/interest permits, on a private/custom tour, other options include:

-The legendary Olympic Studios (Stones, Who, Hendrix, Led Zep and others!)

-Marc Bolan’s shrine in Barnes

-Site of Marshall Amps birthplace in Hanwell

-Deep Purple’s communal house, favourite pub and rehearsal studio

-Punk sites including the Nashville Room and various Sex Pistols/Clash sites in Shepherds Bush



This is a custom tour available for private departures, subject to guide availability — tailor made to best suit your interestsWhy travel with a copycat, when you can go with the ORIGINAL London Rock Tour!

To make a reservation send your date request to:  [email protected]

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Rolling Stones Rambler

Beatles in London – Long & Winding Road

Rockin’ The River