8. London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour
Follow in the footsteps of the hell-raising, music-making legends of London on a comprehensive full-day tour of some of the city’s most musical neighborhoods. Traveling by 16-seat minibus, you will discover the past and present rock landmarks of bohemian Soho, as well as the music venues north and west of the West End.
A specialist music guide will take you to clubs including The Marquee, Ronnie Scott’s, and UFO. Discover where Queen, Bowie and Bolan cut their seminal albums at Trident Studios. Go to “Tin Pan Alley” where the Rolling Stone’s had their 1st recording session. Listen to fascinating stories of the time Bowie lived in a caravan, see where the Sex Pistols rehearsed, and where Bob Dylan played his 1st London gig.
Discover the site of Joe Meek’ home studio, where Jimmy Page cut his 1st disc, and see where Pink Floyd recorded “The Wall.” Your guide will tell you about the time Elton John tried to commit suicide, and take you past the homes of Pete Townsend, Ritchie Blackmore, Syd Barrett, and more. Discover where Amy Winehouse ended her problem-filled life in Camden Town.
Drive to iconic Abbey Road, stopping to walk across the zebra crossing to recreate one of the most famous album covers of all time. See the theater that The Beatles once owned, as well as the early offices of NEMS and McCartney.
You will be dropped of at the Hard Rock Café for lunch (own expense), before your afternoon tour of Chelsea, Kensington, Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, St. John's Wood, Marylebone and the West End. Learn what made the ‘60s “Swinging” and where psychedelic and punk rock were born.
Discover locations that inspired hundreds of lyrics as you pass Brian Epstein's former apartment, the King’s Road flat where Ringo lived, and John and Yoko's 1st London home. See the current London residence of Sir Paul McCartney, as well as iconic Beatles locations, including the site where the Sergeant Pepper's album cover was shot.
The tour includes plenty of Clash memorabilia in the neighborhood they frequented, as well as a drive past the former haunts of Bob Marley. There are more than a dozen sites to please Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix fans, as well as sightings of the former homes of Freddie Mercury, the Bee Gees, Clapton, and many more. Stop at Bill Wyman’s legendary “Sticky Fingers” restaurant, learn about the secluded hotels favored by the stars, and much more.