Most of the great pop and rock groups of the last half century have emerged in London. The pop -rock revolution of the 60’s gave Lonson the reputation of an alive and vibrant city with the famous ‘Swinging London’. It was a youth-oriented phenomenon that emphasized the new and modern coinciding with a period of optimism and hedonism that led to a cultural revolution.
London is the city where the first and original Hard Rock Cafe was created and where you can find the famous Abbey Road Studios where The Beatles recorded several of their greatest hits. In this post we will look at London locations associated with great musicians and British groups such as Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, Eric Clapton, Sex Pistols o The Rolling Stones. We’ll show you the places where they began their careers, where they lived or even the actual address of some of them.
(328 Grays Inn Road. Closest Tube: King’s Cross):
Where Bob Dylan gave one of his first English folk performances (December 1962); the Pogues played their first gig (October 1982) and Oasis made their debut in the city (January 1994).
20 Denmark Street:
Elton John’s first job after leaving school was as an office boy with Mills Music, a publisher located at number 20. He worked here for 18 months on a salary of £4 per week.
8 Denmark Street:
In the early days of Punk Rock the Sex Pistols lived in a small and squalid attic flat here and, in July 1976, recorded their first hits, ‘Anarchy In The Uk’ and ‘Pretty Vacant’ in a rehearsal room at the back of the building.
(150-153 Piccadilly. Nearest Tube: Green Park)
In March 1969 Mr Paul McCartney held his wedding reception here. Later Mick Jagger stayed at the Ritz from December 1978 to January 1979 since, as a tax exile, he couldn’t reside at his house on Cheyne Walk in Chelsea.
Battersea Power Station
(Closest Tube: Pimlico)
Used as a backdrop in the Beatles film Help, but, perhaps, best known for its appearance on the cover of the Pink Floyd album Animals.
89 Oakley Street
(Closest Tube: Slaone Square)
David Bowie lived here (1973-1974) when the coal miners strike happened. He was curious to know what it would be like to live in a coal mine, so he painted all the entire interior of the house black.
There is a tour where you can travel back to the 60s’s and have a look to the history of The Beatles:
Our last recommendation: if you are a fan of the ‘Swinging London’ and a passionate about British music in general, you can not miss the ‘British Music Experience’ (Britain’s only interactive museum of popular music).
If you want to learn more about the history of the music in London, check this useful links:
And finally, here’s the video of one of the best pop-rock songs of all time in England: