For all you music buffs out there: London calling!
Can you think of anywhere better to spend a few music-filled days than the city of London; hunting down the obscure locations where some of the most iconic album covers in history were shot, following the trail of the most famous musical foursome of all time, or being whisked away on a whistle-stop tour of British popular music… London has one of the richest musical histories in the world and it’s all waiting right here to be discovered by you!
Available are some fabulous London hotels which provide an ideal base for some serious musical tourism around this unique city.
The list of world-famous bands and musicians that have come out of London down through the years is endless;
David Bowie, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, and Led Zeppelin are just a few. And who could forget the fab four themselves: The Beatles.
While The Beatles may not have been from London originally, a large part of their career was spent here and numerous Beatles-related sites draw thousands of tourists to London every year.
Now listed as a national heritage site, Abbey Road Studios and the nearby zebra crossing are probably the most popular location to start your Beatles tour. Abbey Road Studios is one of the best-known recording studios in the world. A wide range of the biggest names in the music business have recorded here at some point in their career, and the zebra crossing features on the cover of the Beatles album “Abbey Road”. Tourists flock here to take photographs of themselves on the zebra crossing. There is even a webcam to record people’s efforts.
A visit to Abbey Road should be followed by a trip to the Beatles Coffee Shop located close by, in St. John’s Wood tube station. The coffee shop is owned by a Beatles tour guide and sells Beatles souvenirs.
If one album cover photo session just isn’t enough for you, why not try your own tour of the famous album cover locations scattered around London? Head over to Heddon Street in Piccadilly and hit your best Bowie pose outside no. 23, where the cover of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust” was photographed. Or travel out to the impressive Battersea Power Station, which features on the cover of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album, or rifle through the shelves of some of the independent music shops that still line Berwick Street, which featured on the cover of Oasis’ album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”
After your album tour of the city, head to Camden.
With some of the best value hotels in London, this could be a good area for you to stay in, not to mention the fact that it has some of the hippest small music venues in town. It’s also a great place to spot some famous musical faces, in one of the area’s trendy bars and clubs.
From there, hop on the tube and make your way out to the O2 arena, and the “British Music Experience”, an interactive music museum which includes some interesting exhibits and some pretty iconic music memorabilia.
End your day of musical treats with dinner in the very first Hard Rock Café in Old Park Lane, opened in 1971. The cafe boasts some impressive memorabilia of its own, like John Lennon’s glasses and military jacket and Jimi Hendrix’s guitar. Not bad!
So, if you’re a music fan, if Bowie, Lennon, and Jimmy Page are your heroes, or you just think British music rocks… get in one of many cheap flights to the English capital choose a good hotel and get involved in the London scene. It’ll be a musical journey you’ll never forget.