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London: The Beatles Walking Tour of Marylebone and Abbey Rd

1. 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: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

2. 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.

Music of London: Rock and Pop Private Tour

3. Music of London: Rock and Pop Private Tour

Explore London from an alternative perspective on a 4-hour rock and pop music tour. Learn about some of the stars from across the decades that made London swing. A private guide will take you on a journey through London’s musical legacy, from the Swinging Sixties through the ‘70s and ‘80s eras of rock, pop, and punk. Hear about the leaders of the Britpop and Cool Britannia moments in music history. Visit iconic locations with close connections to some of the biggest stars. Discover where bands played their first gigs, and where others got their big breaks. See where singers lived, and where others are memorialized, such as the statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden Town. Go to the legendary Abbey Road Studios made famous by The Beatles. Have your photo taken on the zebra-crossing. Continue south to Waterloo to discover the spot that inspired The Kinks' hit “Waterloo Sunset.” Visit the shrine to David Bowie in Brixton. Transfer to China Town and visit the scene where the Rolling Stones were first discovered. Then, stroll through Soho following in the footsteps of Elton John, Paul Simon, The Sex Pistols, and Jimi Hendrix.

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4.7 / 5

based on 165 reviews

A very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning

We really enjoyed the guidance and company of Kevin. A super way to spend time seeing some interesting musical sights as well as learning a lot more about London. Camden Town and Abbey Road were the highlights for me!

great for someone who is interested in Rock

our guide Al (you can call me Al :-)) is a very passionate and animated rock connoisseur, he told many anecdotes that I didn't know yet!

Very informative and friendly

Nice tour with friendly guides. May be good to coordinate a.m. and p.m. routing so as Abbey Road is not visited twice.

Kevin was very insightful,pleasant and a true professional.