London has always been an epicenter for musical creativity and innovation. From iconic studios to the finest live venues, the city has it all. The streets hum with the memories of the legendary musicians who have lived played and recorded here. The city is also home to more festivals than we could shake a stick at. If you’re a music lover who’s yearning to see and touch real moments in music history, there’s no better city to do so. Can you hear that? It’s London Calling.
A music lover’s guide to London, Read on to stay in the know
Spend a day visiting the most definitive, iconic landmarks
The streets of London are a veritable museum of the golden age of Rock. Visit McCartney’s flat where ‘Yesterday’ was penned, or where Jimi set his first guitar on fire and the other Jimmy (Page) cut his first album. Visit all the addresses made famous and notorious by the likes of The Who, Queen, Elton John, and the U2. Choose from a morning and afternoon tour, or take the granddaddy of them all, the eight-hour all-day tour. Rock fans only, please.
Pose like the Beatles on Abbey Road
Aside from Big Ben, double-decker buses, and the Queen, there are few things that scream “London” quite like that Abbey Road crosswalk. Made famous by the Beatles’ album cover, the Abbey Road zebra crossing has become a pilgrimage site for fans of the Fab Four.
The crossing is just outside the famed Abbey Road Studio where the Brit invasion band recorded their much-loved tracks, and although you can’t actually visit inside the studio, you’re more than welcome to recreate the infamous album cover on its original site. Just be sure to mind the traffic!
For the sophisticated music aficionado
This is something every music lover must tick off his list. Royal Albert Hall renowned for its delightful BBC Proms in summer, a strictly classical offering, also have free jazz gigs at lunchtime.
Despite the reputation as a serious music venue, they have also hosted the odd Cirque du Soleil, poetry recitals, and bizarrely, the only Sumo tournament outside of Japan! Music, however, is the raison d’etre for this cultural landmark in this great musical city.
Go record shopping on Berwick Street
Berwick Street has been known as the ‘golden mile’ for vinyl junkies since the 1980s thanks to its many independent records shops including Sister Ray and Reckless.
The Soho street also famously appeared on the cover of Oasis’s second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? in 1995. The band’s fans can often be found trying to recreate the image in the exact spot where it was taken.
A restored relic of yesteryear
The location may not be much, hemmed in by takeaway shops, but this beautiful music hall has been around since 1858. Time-worn as it is, it still plays host to gigs, raunchy cabaret shows, and even plays. Musicians walk in and play for free in the Mahogany Bar. Check listings, and spend an evening here listening to great multi-genre music as you guzzle beer or sip wine. The Mahogany Bar is also open for delicious lunches, but the music kicks off only in the evenings.
We have come to the end of A music lover’s guide to London. Have a great time exploring the musical venues in London and I hope that this city reminds you of all the reasons you love music. Let us know in the comment section below; was this article helpful? What was your experience like?