Music Heritage London Tours 2018
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Music Heritage London is back on the road with four* fab new sightseeing tours from the decade that defined British music!
Now operating every Sunday up to and including August 26th, each experience is geared towards visitors with personal memories of the Swinging 60s, as well as a new generation of curious music fans. See where it all started for legendary names such as Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, plus other great acts of the British Invasion generation.
*Update: Hendrix Sites Tour suspended until further notice.
You'll visit the sites where they lived, played and partied by classic routemaster bus, all in the company of a professional music historian guide. Have a glance below to see what they're getting up to in 2018 - there's a time tunnel for every rock and pop lover in the land:
1) Swinging 60s Music Bus Tour:
The Swinging 60s Bus Tour is Music Heritage London's flagship excursion, and this spring it's dusting off the the amps with a little help from the UK's original pirate broadcaster - Radio Caroline. They'll be supplying the tunes that accompany your sightseeing adventure aboard the routemaster bus, along with various jingles from the 60s.
Tours starts at Sloane Square every Tuesday and Sunday. Over the next 60 minutes you'll travel to iconic venues and locations along Kings Road, Chelsea, a hotbed of activity during the Mod, Hippie and Punk eras. While most of these places still exist their stories are largely concealed behind a veneer of high street brands - certainly for those of a younger age group.
Listen as your guide peels back the gentrification to reveal: Granny Takes A Trip boutique, Mary Quant’s Bazaar, and of course the famous Chelsea Drugstore (now a McDonald's). With original music to set the scene you won't get much closer to the sounds, fashions and social movements of the 60s and 70s.
2) Rolling Stones & The Beatles Tour Of London:
See where it all began for the Stones and the Fab 4 on this musical sightseeing tour of West London. It comes in two flavours: a 3-hour tour departing the Hard Rock Cafe on Old Park Lane, and a 2-hour departing One Kew Road, Richmond. Options aside, you'll visit the Richmond proving grounds of both bands plus other influential acts of the 60s and 70s.
Many of rock's most famous faces got their start in the now legendary venues of Richmond. In addition to The Rolling Stones Richmond's Crawdaddy Club (now One Kew Road) and Eel Pie Island saw formative gigs by Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and many more. Another location with bags of creative heritage is Twickenham Studios, where The Beatles filmed 'Help' and & 'A Hard Day's Night'.
The 3-hour tour incorporates the former homes and Chelsea haunts of both bands, plus acclaimed music venues like Olympic Studios in Barnes. Whether you choose the long or short option, all tickets provide 25% off a meal at One Kew Road bar and restaurant (end point of both tours).
3) Rock Music Sites Tour | Incl Hard Rock Cafe:
Like the 3-hour Stones and Beatles tour, this 2-hour experience begins outside London's Hard Rock Cafe. From here you'll hop aboard the Swinging 60s routemaster for a trip back to the British Invasion years. Every location visited was at the forefront of culture, music and fashion during this groundbreaking era.
Your guide will also point out the homes of notable celebrities such as 102 Edith Grove (home of The Rolling Stones in 1962) and various addresses on Cheyne Walk. The latter is where Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull lived in 1968; Ronnie Wood also had a house nearby at number 119.
At the end of the guided portion of the tour you'll be returned to the Hard Rock Cafe and given access to the Hard Rock Museum. Every branch of this famous franchise has its own unique set of memorabilia. In London they have (to state just a few): John Lennon’s glasses and original lyrics, guitars owned by Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie, Page and Sex Pistol's Glen Matlock and a coat owned and worn by Elvis Presley.
4) Jimi Hendrix London Sites Tour:
See London through the eyes of its most famous adopted musician. Your journey into the life and times of Jimi Hendrix begins in the first place that he truly considered his own - the flat at 23 Brook Street.
Now part of the award-winning Handel & Hendrix Museum, you'll receive priority access plus free time to explore before jumping aboard the Swinging 60s bus. This next part of the tour covers the venues and other sites that Jimi frequented during his brief yet definitive stay in the capital.
The 4-hour Hendrix Experience finishes off with a live tribute act at The Troubadour bar in South Kensington.