London Rock Walks! ORIGINAL Rock Music Walking Tours
Walk in your favourite musician’s footsteps with THE ORIGINAL LONDON ROCK TOUR
Why travel with a copycat, when you can go with the ORIGINAL London Rock
You’ve found London’s ORIGINAL and founding rock tour company (since 1986). Often copied, never bettered!! Beatniks and Teddy Boys, Mods and Hippies, Punks and Rastas, Heavy Metal and Heart Throbs – London is a city of monumental rock landmarks where hardly a street is without a rock back-story!
LONDON ROCK WALKS — SUGGESTED ITINERARIES FOR PRIVATE/CUSTOM MUSIC HERITAGE WALKING TOURS IN LONDON
London Rock Tour can create special walking tours just for YOU! These are half day private walks per area and can be band or genre focused. Below are suggestions, combine them using public transport to create a private full day option if you wish.
Your private tour is customised to best suit your wishes. To make a reservation/check guide availability, please send your request with travel dates to: [email protected]
Why travel with a copycat, when you can go with the ORIGINAL London Rock Tour!
SUGGESTED ITINERARIES FOR PRIVATE/CUSTOM MUSIC HERITAGE WALKING TOURS IN LONDON:
Soho & Covent Garden – Explore the heart of the Entertainment District. Here were the beatnik coffee houses, skiffle and jazz clubs of the 1950s; the ‘basement and attic’ venues for 60s folkies, R&B-ers and bluesmen; this is where 70s punks and prog and New Wave bands started; where hip hop first hit the UK, where the ‘2nd British Invasion’ 80s bands became the New Romantics and the Goths. This area has grown from plague pits to gin palaces to supper clubs to peep shows to posh boutiques. If we had a penny for every time a Londoner said, “I’ve walked by there so many times, but I never knew…” Join us and peel back a few layers of heritage, 1920s through 1980s – or any decade/genre/artist of your choice
Brixton – Good vibes abound in vibrant Brixton! Delve into the musical, social, and cultural heritage. Explore the famed Brixton markets and Electric Avenue. See Bowie’s childhood home, locations of famed venues past and present such as Brixton Academy, Gunnell brothers’ Ram Jam Club, and The Frig. Explore the area’s vaudeville past, roots of the 80s uprising, celebrate the local Caribbean culture, see amazing murals and the latest street art…
Fitzrovia – writers & rockers! Before the 50s, artists and writers were the ‘rock stars.’ This area ‘north of Soho’ has them all. Virginia Woolf, Dylan Thomas and George Orwell were all locals, we can explore the historic pubs they frequented. This is where Coldplay and Keane were ‘born’ and the first place Bob Dylan performed in London. Here were jazz and skiffle clubs, amazing recording studios of iconic albums, home base for a time for Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett, Barry Miles of IT, and Boy George; where Donovan ‘scored’ on Sunny Goodge Street…
Kensington — Where Freddie Mercury & Queen ruled! This area is chock full of Queen locations. See where they lived, partied and played. Of course see the regal Royal Albert Hall. Also explore Roxy Music’s high street fashion boutiques, the ‘working class Carnaby,’ history of Biba, some famed Stones locations, punk venues…
Chelsea — heart of the swingin’ 60s, here is hippie central and Rolling Stones territory along the scenic river, also the core Punk London trail. Your private walk can focus on 60s or punk, or a mix tape. Along the way, glimpse the heritage of royals, writers and artists who called this place home. See places for Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sex Pistols, Clash, Poly Styrene, Bob Marley/One Love, early Pink Floyd, Marianne Faithfull, swingin’ fashion hubs, a legendary wedding location…
Notting Hill — this area basically has it all! Thrust into the spotlight 20 some years ago with the now iconic Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant film, but this West London neighbourhood has a deep cultural heritage. Hippies, punks, rastas…new wave and today’s chart toppers like Adele. Our route takes us via some very scenic housefronts, cheery garden squares and nearly hidden mews. Pay respects where Jimi Hendrix died. Explore places for Bob Marley, The Clash, Pink Floyd, T Rex, Chrissie Hynde, Tom Jones, Lemmy and more. There are classic recording studios, former homes and record offices, perhaps find Love, Actually…
Mayfair/Soho — Beatles, hippies, punks, Blitz Kids & Bowie – includes swingin’ Carnaby Street. Such a variety in a relatively small area, the ‘hidden’ backstreets of the capital await!
Camden — Amy Winehouse made this area her playground, like in the new biopic Back to Black; also here was the stomping ground for hippie London, The Clash and the punk revolution, then Madness and U2 in the 80s, Oasis and their Brit Pop rivalries in the 90s….now where Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Janelle Monae and others choose to perform.
Belgravia — HIPPIES & MODS V THE ESTABLISHMENT — Sloane Square, Eaton Square, Belgrave Square – and their surrounding small streets and mews where, back in the 60s, was an ideological battleground of young musicians and fledgling ‘Hollywood-ites’ against the older ‘bowler hats’ of The Establishment. Mix in recent TV costume drama settings if you wish too (Downton, Belgravia…)
Kinks North London ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – childhood haunts and inspirations! Explore Ally Pally, Muswell Hill and raise a glass in the Clissold Arms in this scenic expanse North London that most tourists miss