The BIG One: Monsters of Rock! (FULL DAY/LR3)
“What a great day! I know I saw parts of London that tourists never see and the rock history was fantastic!”
Monsters of ROCK Full Day Tour
London Calling! Depending on your age, this is either a chance to wallow in glorious nostalgia, or grab an ‘education’ in Rock history, its legends and myths, as your informed guide takes you on a magical, musical journey. Have those lyrics come alive and make the London connection.
This FULL DAY MONSTERS OF ROCK combines Sex, Drugs, Rock’n’Roll MORNING tour with the Classic Rock Legends AFTERNOON tour together for a special price.
MORNING: Soho and North London – History of British rock and it’s foundations, from blues and jazz roots through skiffle, folk, and into the heart of swingin’ 60s CLASSIC ROCK through 70s PUNK and the NEW WAVE and NEW ROMANTICS of the 80s, 90s Brit Pop and today. Meander through the narrow, winding streets of Soho. Skiffle, Hippies, Punks, Goths, New Romantics — here is where the greats bought (and some still buy) their instruments on ‘Tin Pan Alley.’ Beatles? Of course! This is where Paul has his offices, theatre once owned by all the Fab Four, early gig sites, where Brian Epstein had offices…
Then to NORTH LONDON including the hip artist areas, where clubs and pub venues abound around the street art filled canals. Long before Amy Winehouse made this area her playground, here was the stomping ground for hippie London, The Clash and punk bands, then Madness and U2 in the 80s, Oasis and their Brit Pop rivalries in the 90s… The list of bands playing North London venues is long and illustrious. Heaps to discover! INCLUDES ABBEY ROAD CROSSING.
Artists on the morning tour include: Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Rolling Stones, Bowie, Elton John, Led Zep, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Boy George, Clash, Sex Pistols, Madness, Harry Styles, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Blondie and more.
Guests on the FULL DAY Monsters of Rock have free time to have lunch independently between the morning and afternoon tours.
AFTERNOON: Return to the meeting point just prior to the start time. This afternoon focuses on the sites that made the Sixties swing; where London’s hippie underground ‘counter-culture’ took off; where the 70s punk revolution took place. See the boutiques, pubs, clubs that MADE these decades, inspiring well-known lyrics and melodies! Visit the ‘off the beaten track’ areas Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill and St John’s Wood.
And, YES, you do get to walk across that famed ABBEY ROAD crossing!
Beatles, Stones, Eric Clapton & Cream, Pink Floyd, Marianne Faithfull, Who, Bob Marley, Led Zep, Clash, Jimi Hendrix, Adele and more.
This is a small coach panoramic tour with photo stops and the possibility of short walking sections.
Spring/Summer ‘Regular’ Season Departures — 01 April – 31 October
Daily (subject to availability)
MEETING POINT: Duke of York Column Monument, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AJ, Junction of Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrace.
DIRECTIONS TO THE MEETING POINT: From Piccadilly Circus tube, come out of Regent Street St James exit. The column is directly straight ahead, you should see it down the street as you exit the station. Walk straight on Regent Street St James, past shops including Tesco Express, Costa and Pret (stops for food/drinks & toilet option.) Regent Street St James becomes Waterloo Place. Cross Pall Mall. You should pass Atheneum Club and a few statues along Waterloo Place. Duke of York monument is the tall column at the very end of Waterloo Place. Please wait at the base of the monument for your rock tour guide, on the Carlton House Terrace side (not the steps side please.)
Please plan to arrive 5/10 minutes prior to your tour start time so you can check in with your Rock Tour guide.