Guided tour

London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll/The Early Years Tour

London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll/The Early Years Tour

Embark on a tour through bohemian Soho and North London. Discover the musical heritage of London from jazz and blues, through classic rock, 70s punk, 80s New Wave, New Romantic, and 90s Brit Pop.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • Visit many Beatles sites including Abbey Road
  • See neighborhoods not normally visited by regular tourists to London
  • Travel in comfort in a small bus accompanied by an expert rock history guide
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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. Wind your way through the narrow, winding streets of what is London’s entertainment district. See the clubs, recording studios, early gig sites and places where your fav bands hung out to eat/drink. Artists include Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bowie, Elton John, Led Zep, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Boy George, Depeche Mode and more. Did you know that the Sex Pistols once shared a flat with Bananarama?! Soho is where the early Stones learned their trade and recorded, where Goth was spawned, where the greats bought (and some still buy) their instruments on ‘Tin Pan Alley.’ Beatles? Of course! Here are Paul’s offices, theatre once owned by all the Fab Four, early gig sites, Brian Epstein had offices in this area… NORTH LONDON – Long before Amy Winehouse made this area her playground, here was the stomping ground for hippie London, The punk movement and the Clash, then Madness and U2 in the 80s, Oasis, Blur and their Brit Pop rivalries in the 90s. The list of bands playing Camden and Islington venues is long and illustrious – Pink Floyd, X Ray Spex, Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Manic Street Preachers, The Clash, Prince, Van Morrison, The Killers, Coldplay and Blondie to name a few. ABBEY ROAD/ST JOHNS WOOD – yes of course we can’t do rock and roll without a photo stop at London’s most famous street crossing!
  • Transport in a small, air-conditioned bus
  • Rock tour guide
  • Membership of 'London Rocks! discount club
  • Food and drink
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  • Wheelchair users

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Meet at the Duke of York Column Monument, St. James's at the junction of Waterloo Place and Carlton House Terrace. Directions from Piccadilly Circus tube station: Use Regent Street St James’s exit, stay straight, cross Pall Mall, and stay straight until the road ends in front of the Duke of York Column Monument. Wait by the base of the monument, which is at top of The Mall steps, for your London Rock Tour guide.

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  • Not suitable for children as the script can contain references to adult-oriented material
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4.6 /5

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Interesting and entertaining

You get to places that you would hardly find on your own. I've learned a lot of new things even for someone who knows rock themes well. And our guide, himself a musician, tried very hard to keep everyone well informed and entertained. Always happy.

April 25, 2019

Even though we have lived in London for over 30 years we still saw new places and learned new facts which our guide had first hand experience of. Very enjoyable!

September 12, 2022

September 8, 2022

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