Must-Do's For Music Fans10 To Do's For Music Lovers In London


London has taken an important role in music history; it was the hometown of none other than David Bowie, The Kinks, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Gorillaz and Coldplay. From legendary venues to iconic studios and the finest live venues, this city has it all and more. Check out these 10 musical to do's for you London trip.

1. Follow The Beatles' footsteps at Abbey Road
abbey road

London has many musical landmarks and this may be the best known. Who could ever have imagined that a pedestrian crossing over a simple street would come to mean so much to so many people? Abbey Road was brought to popular attention when it became the location for the shooting of the cover of The Beatles last album: Abbey Road. Beatles fans have been making pilgrimages there for years. They leave their love behind on the sidewalks and brick buildings surrounding the zebra crossing. It's an absolute must-see!

3 Abbey Road, London

2. Visit the legendary Hyde Park
The bandstand in Hyde Park was originally built in Kensington Gardens in 1869, moving to its current location in 1886. In the following centuries artists like Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney all have played at this location. In June or July each year, there's a series of concerts from rising artists and big-name acts at British Summer Time Hyde Park. 

Hyde Park, Londen

3. Gawk at memorabila at the original Hard Rock Cafe
hard rock cafe

The original Hard Rock Cafe has been standing on Old Park Lane in London since 1971 and offers a large collection of rock 'n roll memorabilia. This collection features belongings of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, and more. 

150 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London

4. Take a tour along London's iconic album covers

London has always been een favourite setting for album cover art. David Bowie, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Wings, The Clash and many more have featured London's diverse city scape. What about the Battersea Power Station? It has to be one of the most iconic buildings in London and known around the world because of the Pink Floyd album cover for ‘Animals’. 

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: 23 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London
Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?: Berwick Street, Soho, London
The Rolling Stones, - Between The Buttons: Primrose Hill, London
Wings - London Town: the River Thames in Tower Bridge
Pink Floyd - Animals: Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, London
The Clash - The Clash: 'Rehearsals Rehearsals', Camden Market, London

5. Visit the former site of historic Marquee Club

The historic Marquee Club, where legendary rock 'n roll artists from The Who to Pink Floyd graced the London stage. It's closed for a long time now, but you can still feel the spirit of it's magic past.

90 Wardour Street, Soho, London

6. Catch a gig at 100 Club
According to The Guardian “this basement club is grubby, smelly – and also one of the most atmospheric places to see live music in London”. 100 club attained legendary status in modern British music, having played host to live music since 24 October 1942. Nowadays the club offers a mix of different shows. Veterans in the live music scene, up-and-coming hipsters, famous artists doing secret shows, but also a fair amount of blues and jazz – the styles that made the venue famous. 

100 Oxford Street, Fitzrovia, London

7. Shop 'till you drop in London's best record shops 
Rough trade

London’s record shop scene is thriving, with close to fifty places around the city. The prices may not be as cheap as they once were, but you can get almost anything you desire. Whether it's cutting edge dance music, weirdo soundtracks or just the latest album by your favourite band, there is a lot to browse out there!

Lucky 7: 127 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London
Eldica: 8 Bradbury Street, Dalston, London
Record Detective Agency: 492 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, London
Honest Jon’s Records: 278 Portobello Road, London
Phonica Records: 51 Poland St, Soho, London
Rough Trade East: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London
Love Vinyl: 5 Pearson Street, London

8. Wander around during a grand tour in the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
One of London’s most spectacular classical music venues is the Royal Albert Hall, a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington. Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, it has become one of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings. Many live albums were recorded here by world's leading artists from many performance genres: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, George Michael, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Adele and the list goes on. Take the Grand Tour and see the stunning auditorium, the gallery, hear inside stories and much more!

Kensington Gore, Kensington, London
More info about the tour: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/tours-and-exhibitions/grand-tour/

9. Walk the David Bowie musical tour
10th January 2017 marked the first anniversary since the tragic death of David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie. He was a huge inspiration to songwriters, performers, artists, fashion designers and many more. You can now take a musical journey through his early life doing a walking tour through Brixton. Tours run regularly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. You can buy your tickets in advance via Eventbrite.

More info: https://bowietourlondon.co.uk/

10. Take a stroll down Denmark Street a.k.a. 'Tin Pan Alley'
tin pan alley
Denmark Street is perhaps most famous for being where David Bowie, The Clash, The Sex Pistols and Elton John among many others, hung out and recorded at various points in time. Many of them passed through the Giaconda Dining Room, formerly the Giaconda Café. But 'Tin Pan Valley' was much more than that. For a long time it was not only the home to songwriters but also to early music magazines (Melody Maker, The New Musical Express), recording studios  and music publishers. So what are  you waiting for? Take a stroll down musical history!

Listen to the best songs from and about London

Must Do's For Music Fans 

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