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We built this city on Rock and Roll

Our top tips for must visit Rock and Roll sites in London

· Abbey Road - this legendary studio and adjacent zebra crossing needs no explanation. See our blog post about it here.

· Trident Studios - David Bowie, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, T Rex, Tina Turner and many others recorded here.

· Heddon Street : The Album cover for Ziggy Stardust was shot with Bowie resting his foot

on a step outside 23 Heddon Street

· 34 Montagu Square: Ringo’s former flat, which he rented out to Paul, where he recorded a demo version of Eleanor Rigby, John and Yoko, where they shot their nude Two Virgins album cover and John got charged with possession of cannabis, and Jimi Hendrix, who Ringo threw out after he trashed the flat. It has a blue plaque, unveiled by Yoko Ono in 2010, dedicated to John Lennon.

· Golders Green Crematorium – Marc Bolan and Keith Moon have adjacent plaques.

The black door on the left is where David Bowie was born in 1947

· David Bowie Mural, Brixton, now a shrine after he died in 2016 (also 40 Stansfield Road, 10 mins walk away, where he was born in 1947 and lived until 6)

· 23 Brook Street – Jimi Hendrix’s flat. It has a blue plaque. Now a museum. The Bee Gees also have a plaque at number 67!

· The Savoy Hotel – the video for Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues was filmed behind the hotel on the corner of Savoy Hill Road and Savoy Steps.

· Flat 9, 12 Curzon Place – this flat holds the dubious honour of being the place where Mama Cass and Keith Moon both died in 1974 and 1978

· The Troubadour, Earl’s Court. Fantastic café/club that still has nightly live music, and in 1962 it was the first place that Bob Dylan performed in London. Paul Simon, Sammy Davis Jr., Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Morrissey and Elvis Costello have all played here, and Led Zeppelin used to jam here to wind down after their Earls Court Arena gigs in 1975.

· Carnaby Street – although not much remains from the swinging 60s, the feel of the place is still a lively buzz. Once a mecca for mod fashion and music venues, there are now two commemorative plaques to see: Iconic menswear shop Lord John, who dressed the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Small Faces and The Kinks, has a plaque at number 43, and the Small Faces have a plaque opposite Boots marking the site of the office where they signed their management contract.

· Berwick Street, Soho – the street used for the What’s the Story Morning Glory Album cover.

· Hard Rock Café Vault Museum – down in the old vault of former Coutts bank is a treasure trove of Rock Memorabilia, including guitars owned by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Kurt Cobain, Glen Matlock and Bob Dylan, clothes belonging to Elvis, Eric Clapton and the Who, Freddie Mercury’s chair, John Lennon’s glasses and Madonna’s Jean Paul Gaultier coned bustier.

They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said no, no, no...

· Camden Town – from Amy Winehouse’s statue outside Camden Market to famous music venues such as the Roundhouse (performers include The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Yardbirds, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors with Jefferson Airplane, Ramones, The Clash, Elkie Brooks, Otis Redding, and Motörhead) and the Electric Ballroom (Snow Patrol, The Killers, Stereophonics, Sir Paul McCartney, Megadeth, Kaiser Chiefs, U2, Prince, The Clash, Phil Lynott, The Boomtown Rats, Joy Division, The Smiths, Madness, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Public Enemy, Blur, Supergrass, Garbage, Adam and the Ants, The Specials, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Madness), this North London borough has been a mecca for musicians for decades and is famous for Rock ‘n’ Roll, Punk, Indie, and Pop music.

· Brook Drive - Next to the Imperial War Museum, this is where Dexy’s Midnight Runners filmed their Come on Eileen Music Video

. Cheyne Walk - trendy Chelsea street which was the former home of 3 Rolling Stones.

· 3 Saville Row - where the Beatles played their famous rooftop concert.


Any others we should know about? Leave us a comment below!