Explore London's rock music history

Monday 21 March 2011

When it comes to the history of rock and roll, one could argue that London has more monumental rock and roll landmarks than anywhere else in the world. From famous clubs such as the Rainbow, Marquee and Roxy to the neighborhoods of Soho, Muswell Hill and Camden Town, London is a great place to catch a glimpse of rock and roll’s past.

Cross Abbey Road

It may come as no surprise that some of the most important sites in London’s rock history focus on the Beatles. Highlights include Apple headquarters, EMI Studios and the famous Abbey Road where you can have your picture taken as you walk across one of the most well known crosswalks (er, zebra crossings) in the world.


London Calling

If you’re a fan of The Clash, like I am, then be sure to head over to west London where you’ll find a number of different points of interest including Acton Town Hall where Joe Strummer and Mick Jones appeared on stage together for the final time.

Acton Town Hall west london

We Don’t Need No Education

Pink Floyd's Britannia Row Studios, located on Britannia Row in the London borough of Islington, was originally built by Pink Floyd. This is where parts of The Wall were recorded, namely the hauntingly famous school chorus from the song "Another Brick in the Wall."

pink floyd the wall

Live in London

The Cart & Horses Pub in Stratford, east London, is where Iron Maiden made its live debut in 1977 before gaining a residency as the house band at The Ruskin Arms in Manor Park. They also filmed “Live in London” at the Rainbow in 1980.

the cart and horses pub east london

Crosstown Traffic

Jimi Hendrix moved in to the top floor apartment of 23 Brook Street, located in the Mayfair section of London, in 1968.

jimi hendrix home 23 Brook Street Mayfair london

This post originally appeared on the Brilliant Tips Travel Blog.

For more London rock history and memorabilia, check out the interactive British Music Experience at London's O2.

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