London Music Itinerary

Wherever you visit in London you’re never far from a piece of music history, from blue plaques gracing various walls and street corners around the capital to record stores that have stood the test of time in Soho, and streets that have featured on the most famous album covers.

Day 1

Abbey Road Abbey Road © Jack Barnes

Morning

Head to North West London to visit the world famous Abbey Road studios where the Beatles recorded most of their albums, and where countless artists and bands including Adele, Kanye West, Foo Fighters and Duran Duran have since frequented. Just outside the studio is the pedestrian crossing made famous by The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover where you can recreate your own ‘crossing the road like the Beatles’ album pose.

Afterwards, visit Brook Street in Mayfair where you’ll find the former homes of George Frideric Handel and rock musician Jimi Hendrix who lived next door to each other (separated by a few hundred years).  No. 23 and No. 25 Brook Street are now interconnected for music fans to explore both homes of these two musical giants, with 23 Brook Street now the only Hendrix home in the world open to the public.

 

Afternoon

There’s nothing better than filling up on a plate of authentic fish and chips, and it doesn’t get more authentic than Poppies Fish and Chips in Camden, where you can start with some jellied eels before tucking into a fish supper.

After lunch, head to Camden Lock where fans of The Clash can visit the stairwell where the band posed for their self-titled debut album in 1977. The stairwell now forms part of Stables market, part of Camden Market, and is a great place to treat yourself to some clothes and records. Afterwards, pay a visit to the life-size bronze statue of Amy Winehouse in the centre of the market, before enjoying a pre-dinner pint at the late singer’s favourite pub, The Hawley Arms.

 

Evening

If you’re after a curry then a trip to Brick Lane in East London is just the ticket.  Book a table at Aladin Brick Lane, considered to be one of Brick Lane’s finest curry houses serving exceptional dishes to the hungry masses.

 

Afterwards, party with East London hipsters in the capital’s east side which has become a mecca for all things fashionable and arty, and famous for its social scene. Enjoy an evening in The Old Blue Last, run by hip Vice magazine and host to secret gigs by big names; the uber trendy Queen of Hoxton, which has a fantastic roof terrace upstairs and a shadowy basement below, or Café Oto, arguably one of the coolest venues in the capital, which is a magnet for Hackney hipsters in trendy Dalston, and perfect for watching creative and out-of-the-box music acts. 

Day 2

South Bank South Bank © Joanna Henderson

Morning

Start your day with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in Leicester Square, where you can admire portraits of influential musicians such as Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Bjork taken by world famous photographers.

Afterwards, be regaled by tales of rock star exploits on a two-hour Rock and Roll London Walk from Tottenham Court Road station, where you’ll be taken to the pub where Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix once jammed, the famous Marquee Club and the place where the Sex Pistols made their world debut.

 

Afternoon

Head to buzzing Brixton in South London for a laid back lunch at Lounge, which serves up delicious home cooked foods including Salt Fish Fritters, Jerk Chicken, plantain and homemade burgers, which you can wash down with one of their draft beers or vast array of cocktails.

After lunch, visit the David Bowie mural on the side of Morley’s department store, which pays homage to the late ‘Brixton boy’.  Then visit the colourful, multicultural outdoor market street, Electric Avenue, made famous by Eddy Grant’s song of the same name, which is full of stalls and shops selling food, clothes and household goods.

 

Evening

Experience your very own ‘Waterloo Sunset’ with dinner at The Oxo Tower Restaurant, where you’ll enjoy views of the Thames as the sun goes down over London as you tuck into flavoursome British dishes.

Then enjoy a relaxing stroll along the South Bank before climbing aboard a capsule on the London Eye for impressive views of the capital at night. Afterwards, catch a late film at the BFI IMAX, which has the biggest cinema screen in the UK, or a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, the world-famous arts centre which was created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain.

Did you know… The Beatles played a surprise rooftop gig at 3 Saville Row on 30 January 1969. It was to be their last public performance.

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