Hell-raising, drug-taking and music-making! This tour covers past & present Rock landmarks in bohemian Soho and the North London neighbourhoods of Camden Town, Islington and St John’s Wood. Neighbourhoods steeped in Mod, Hippy and Punk culture, and where tomorrow’s legends are creating today’s music 9and like their elders, sometimes behaving badly….) In addition to a collection of Beatle-related sites, including the Abbey Road crossing and studio, you’ll also see over 50 other icon locations bringing to life the colourful histories of classic, progressive, punk and Brit-Rock acts.
Rock music was born and raised in the tiny backstreets and alleys of Soho. It’s here you find basement clubs, rehearsal rooms, pubs and recording studios where the bands made their first tentative steps towards stardom. You’ll see and hear about the Marquee, Knuckles, 100 Club, the Roxy, Ronnie Scott’s Club, The Vortx, the Scene and legendary UFO. Then, there are the studios like Trident and De Lane Lea where Queen, Genesis, Bowie, Bolan and others made seminal albums. Beatle fans will enjoy seeing Macca’s Golden Disc covered office, the flat where he wrote ‘Yesterday’, early show sites, the theatre they owned, the early NEMS office, where Ringo brought his famed Ludwig kit, and the only flat shared by the Fab Four. On ‘Tin Pan Alley’ you’ll hear about the Stone’s first recording session, Elton’s ‘Woolworth’ albums and how Bowie lived in a caravan. You’ll see where the Sex Pistols rehearsed and lived, where Bob Dylan played his first London gig, and where Hendrix and Phil Lynott, amongst many past and present guitar heroes, bought and continue to buy their instruments.
· Small group on 16-seat mini-bus
· Specialist Live guide with themed music soundtrack
· Seeing parts of historic London tourists seldom see
· Over 100 significant rock and pop heritage sites
· The famed Abbey Road Crossing and Beatle’s sites
· Music genres include rock n roll, blues, psychedelic, progressive, punk, pub rock, Brit-pop and the current scene.
Guaranteed departures: We NEVER cancel a tour.
Music soundtrack and visual aids used to enliven the tour.
Wheelchairs can be stored.
Original Tour Visitor Centre, 17-19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square.
27 June - Departure point outside Evan Evans office on Vauxhall Bridge Road.