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London: Rock 'n' Roll History Tour

1. London: Rock 'n' Roll History Tour

Discover rock landmarks in Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill and St John's Wood. Visit sites that made the Sixties swing, where London’s hippie underground ‘counter-culture’ took off, and where the 70s punk revolution took place. See the boutiques, pubs, and clubs that made these decades, inspiring hundreds of well-known lyrics and melodies. Head first to King's Road, chock full of fashion and music heritage. See where the Rolling Stones shared a flat, where Mick and Marianne partied, what was the famed Chelsea Drug Store, where the Beatles made album history, where Clapton rocked his Cream years, and where heaps of stars got married. Discover the cradle of the punk movement where bands like Sex Pistols, The Clash, Poly Styrene, and X Ray Spex played. Pass gig sites, recording studios, and shops frequented by the 'glitterati.' See the Kensington of Queen, where the band was formed, where famous album parties were held, and where Freddie died. Continue to Notting Hill, the heart of London's Caribbean community, home of London's reggae scene, once home to hippies and punks. See places where Jimi Hendrix lived, played, and died. Pass the former homes and gig sites of The Beatles. See the site of the Get Back rooftop concert. Finally, make a photo stop at London’s most famous street crossing at Abbey Road.

A Ticket to Ride: Beatles in London Tour

2. A Ticket to Ride: Beatles in London Tour

Follow the trail of the Beatles in London on a bus tour in the evening and admire the city lit up at night. Chart the ‘Beatlemania’ years from 1962 to 1969, and their solo years. Celebrate over 50-years of the ‘Fab Four’ as you visit Mayfair, Marylebone, St John's Wood, and the edge of Soho. Drop by the Scotch of St James Club and other Beatle clubs and pub haunts. Drive past famed photo locations used for album covers, publicity shots, and some of their films. See some of the former homes and offices owned by the band members and their manager Brian Epstein. And they partied, and met their girlfriends and wives at the city’s clubs and art galleries. See where they had important gigs, where they recorded, where they had their Apple businesses. You will also get to walk across the famed Abbey Road crossing near the famous recording studio.

London: Beatles Magical Tour by Black Cab

3. London: Beatles Magical Tour by Black Cab

Climb aboard an iconic London cab for a "Ticket to Ride" the capital in the footsteps of the legendary Beatles. The 3-hour private drive will take you to the places where they worked, played, and performed. Although famously from Liverpool, the Fab Four spent much time in London, and you wlll take a trip down memory lane to the era of the swinging ‘60s. Music of the era will be played and sung while you tour, and your guide - who grew up during the period - will tell personal stories and share photos of the Fab Four. Visit Abbey Road, stopping to cross and photograph the famous zebra crossing. See the house where Paul wrote “I wanna hold your hand.” Learn where John and Yoko met. And see where they held a rooftop concert. Discover where Paul’s modern-day music office is. Hear stories of the friendships with other groups, such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, and Eric Clapton. Listen to tales of legendary parties, and learn about the clothes, drugs, and attitudes of London’s Swinging Sixties.

Rock ‘n Roll London Tour By London Taxi

4. Rock ‘n Roll London Tour By London Taxi

Rock n’ roll your way around London on a scenic 3-hour drive by iconic London taxi. Discover the houses and venues where the stars lived and played, crossing the city from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles HQ, via Freddie Mercury’s former home, and lots more besides. See where Elton John studied music. Discover where Pink Floyd set off flying pigs. Explore the world of the Swinging Sixties, Flower Power, and the Mods and Rockers. The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Kinks, and Eric Clapton all put in an appearance. While Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Bob Marley, and The Bee Gees are all in hot pursuit. It may even be possible to visit a suite that Jimi Hendrix occupied prior to his sudden death, and see how the rooms have been carefully restored with their retro look, complete with prints of the man himself.

London: The Beatles Walking Tour of Marylebone and Abbey Rd

5. London: The Beatles Walking Tour of Marylebone and Abbey Rd

This 2.5-hour walking tour will give you an overview of The Beatles personal and professional lives from the early 1960s onwards. Starting in the fashionable area of Marylebone, your tour guide will start outside the London Beatles Store where you can shop for merchandise. As your tour continues around London, your guide will share stories about John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s lives and careers. As you walk you'll learn about Beatlemania and the ups and downs of the band's career. Another of the tour’s highlights are the former homes of the boys including where John got arrested and where Paul dreamt up 'Yesterday. You'll also get to re-enact some Beatlemania at one of the film locations from A Hard Days Night.There will be a short bus ride from Baker St to St Johns Wood so please ensure you have a Zone 1 travelcard or contactless card. After 2-5 hours of Beatles facts and fun, your tour comes to an end with the tour’s highlight in St John’s Wood, outside Abbey Road Studios. Here, you’ll be able to walk over the famous zebra crossing as seen on the album cover of Abbey Road and ask your tour guide any final questions.

London: Private Beatles Taxi Tour

6. London: Private Beatles Taxi Tour

Embark on a guided private taxi tour with expert guides who will share their passion for The Beatles, detailing their escapades in London. See sites frequented by the Fab Four, hear fascinating anecdotes, and visit the famous Abbey Road crossing. Starting at Sloane Square, this tour takes in the locations in London that are synonymous with The Beatles. See where the band lived, where they worked, and where they fell in love. Along the way you will visit the home and offices of Brian Epstein, 'the fifth Beatle' who was instrumental in the band's British and international success in the 1960s and hear how he sadly died in the home which had been used by The Beatles for photoshoots, and launch parties. You will also visit the location of the famous Trident Studios where hits such as 'Hey Jude' were recorded and hear how some of the leading instrumentalists of the day were used in recordings such as 'Lady Madonna'. See where Paul and Ringo got married, where the band filmed part of their hit film 'A Hard Day's Night', and hear how John almost causes a right royal incident in front of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Finishing at the internationally renowned The London Palladium, your guide will explain how the term Beatlemania was coined and how The Beatles even today are still the most successful musical act of all time.

London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

7. London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the hell-raising, music-making legends of London on a comprehensive tour of some of the city’s most musical neighborhoods. Traveling by 16-seat minibus, you will discover the past and present rock landmarks of bohemian Soho and North London. In the morning, discover the areas of Soho. Learn about the history of British rock and its foundations, from blues and jazz roots through skiffle, folk, and into the heart of swingin’ 60s. Hear about the rebellious punk of the 70s as well as the New Wave and New Romantics of the 80. Meander through the narrow, winding streets of Soho. See where the greats bought their instruments on ‘Tin Pan Alley. This afternoon focuses on North London including the hip artist areas, where clubs and pub venues abound around the street art-filled canals. Learn about hippies who once lived in the area, as well as the Britpop Era of Oasis and Blur in the 90s. See the boutiques, pubs, and clubs that have shaped British music history throughout decades, inspiring well-known lyrics and melodies Visit the areas of Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill, and St John’s Wood, and walk across the famous Abbey Road, made iconic by The Beatles.

London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

8. London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

Experience London like never before and hire a professional photographer for an exclusive photo session against some of the city’s most striking backdrops. Choose between a 1- or 2-hour session, with a choice of focus for the session as well. Your friendly personal photographer will create stunning photos of you against London backdrops as you discover the city’s charms. The photo-documentary style of photography is unobtrusive and natural, and perfect for capturing special occasions or simply candid moments during your trip. In the vibrant street life of London, there’s plenty of photo-worthy scenes to be found at every street corner. You could be cycling around the city, taking a stroll along trendy shopping streets, relaxing in one of the many parks, reveling in London’s cultural offerings, or just kicking back and enjoying a beer and a meal at a traditional pub. Photo sessions are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods. The most popular itineraries include: • Jack The Ripper’s London: Take a walk through the East End of London and retrace the footsteps of Jack the Ripper. From Whitechapel to Brick Lane, you’ll have lots of photo opportunities in the dark heart of London's East End. Travel back in time to the late 1800s. Take a walk through the sprawling markets of Petticoat Lane and Commercial Road, and on to the darkened corners of Mitre Square and Bucks Row! • Royal London: Explore the area around Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard. See Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye, and South Bank. • Beatles London: Re-enact the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing and explore Carnaby Street, the London hub of the swinging 60s. Alternatively, the photographers encourage you to choose your own locations that suit your personality and style.

Iconic London: Bard, Beatles, Bond & Baker Street

9. Iconic London: Bard, Beatles, Bond & Baker Street

Enjoy a fun-packed 3 hour tour by iconic London black cab and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare, The Beatles, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes. Alas, poor Yorick will not be joining you, but you will get to see where the Bard – aka William Shakespeare – lived, wandered, and possibly drank! All of this may be elementary when you stop at 221b Baker Street – aka the home of Sherlock Holmes. See where Holmes’s creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle really did live and practice medicine. Follow clues across London, taken from the books and films. You’ll be shaken and stirred as you enter the world of James Bond – aka 007. Visit Bond creator Ian Fleming’s house, the home of MI5 and MI6, and locations from famous Bond movies. With all those spies, you would think you were back in the USSR. But you are not; you are on the Beatles section of your tour. Travel back to ‘60s swinging London in the footsteps of the Fab Four, and discover where they lived, worked, played - and probably drank!

London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll/The Early Years Tour

10. London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll/The Early Years Tour

Rock music was born and raised in the tiny backstreets and alleys of Soho. It’s here you find basement clubs, rehearsal rooms, pubs and recording studios where the bands made their first tentative steps towards stardom. Wind your way through the narrow, winding streets of what is London’s entertainment district. See the clubs, recording studios, early gig sites and places where your fav bands hung out to eat/drink. Artists include Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bowie, Elton John, Led Zep, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Boy George, Depeche Mode and more. Did you know that the Sex Pistols once shared a flat with Bananarama?! Soho is where the early Stones learned their trade and recorded, where Goth was spawned, where the greats bought (and some still buy) their instruments on ‘Tin Pan Alley.’ Beatles? Of course! Here are Paul’s offices, theatre once owned by all the Fab Four, early gig sites, Brian Epstein had offices in this area… NORTH LONDON – Long before Amy Winehouse made this area her playground, here was the stomping ground for hippie London, The punk movement and the Clash, then Madness and U2 in the 80s, Oasis, Blur and their Brit Pop rivalries in the 90s. The list of bands playing Camden and Islington venues is long and illustrious – Pink Floyd, X Ray Spex, Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Manic Street Preachers, The Clash, Prince, Van Morrison, The Killers, Coldplay and Blondie to name a few. ABBEY ROAD/ST JOHNS WOOD – yes of course we can’t do rock and roll without a photo stop at London’s most famous street crossing!

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What people are saying about Abbey Road

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based on 679 reviews

We recommend our guide, Mick Greenwood, highly! He is personable, extremely knowledgeable, organized, and flexible in adjusting the tour to our interests. He knows how to tell many good tales regarding the history of the beginnings of rock n' roll in London and spoke clearly and slowly enough (unlike some other UK natives) that it was easy to follow his narrative. Unfortunately, we has only three hours to spend with Mick; we could easily have carried on our discussion and had him show us many more historic sights!

Jason was a great tour guide!!! He was a wealth of information. We were able to see and learn a lot of history about our favorite bands, their haunts, homes and recording studios. Jason did a great job getting us through the traffic. We totally enjoyed the tour and the 3 hours flew by!!! I have been on other tours of this kind and this was superior!!! Request Jason if you are able.

We had Steven as our guide. It was an amazing experience!!! full of humor, very sensitive to the needs of each individual in the group, lots of knowledge about rock and roll and it was a marvelous experience!! we will recomand this and especially Steven to all our friends!!!

Our guide Ian did a fantastic tour. Very knowledgeable and personable. It was great to see the history of our favorite music legends. And seeing Jimmy Page himself outside his house as we drove by was a bonus!.

Colin is a great story teller, he was really into telling us the stories and wanted us to experience as much as possible. I leaned so much on this tour and yea, got my picture taken at Abby Road.