1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London

London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

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Hell-raising, drug-taking, music-making! Covering past and present Rock landmarks in bohemian Soho and North London neighborhoods of Camden Town, Islington and St John’s Wood, all steeped in Hippie, Mod, Hippy and Punk culture.
About this activity
Duration 3.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit more than 25 Beatles sites including Abbey Road
  • See neighborhoods not normally visited by regular tourists to London
  • Travel in comfort in a 16-seat mini-coach accompanied by expert rock history guide
Full description
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 all 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.

Among many seminal locations on this tour, you’ll see where Bill Haley launched rock’n’roll onto London and where Cliff Richard, Tommy Steel, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury and others followed his lead; you’ll see where Pink Floyd cut ‘The Wall’ and Joy Division made ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’; where U2 played one of their first London gigs in front of 8 people; where the Sex Pistols made ‘Nevermind…’ and Clash ‘London Calling’; where Hendrix first burnt his guitar and Floyd premiered DSOM. You’ll see where Jimmy Page cut his first disc in the home studio where Joe Meek (the ‘Telstar’ man) killed his landlady, and where Elton John tried to commit suicide. You’ll see apartments and homes of Bob Marley, Pete Townsend, Elton, the Sex Pistols, Ritchie Blackmore, Bowie, Syd Barrett, the Gallagher brothers, and where Amy Winehouse ended her short and problem-filled life.

The tour culminates with time at Abbey Road where you'll walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four across that famed crosswalk!
Includes
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned, 16-seat mini-coach
  • Live guide
  • Membership of 'London Rocks! discount club

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The Original London Visitor Center, 17-19 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y 5BL. The nearest undergrounds are Piccadilly Station and Charing Cross.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is not a walking tour
• Not suitable for children under the age of 8 as the script can contain references to adult-oriented material