Top 10 London Rock Music Locations
London is a mecca for rock ‘n’ roll fans and all of its sub-genres. I’ll show you why on this tour of 10 spots in the city that have helped shape the history of rock. You can take a selfie, leave a message, like other true fans, or discover elements from the past about your favourite musicians.
1. The famous zebra crossing on Abbey Road, pictured in the Beatles’ album of the same name, is found in northwest London in an area near the Bakerloo and Jubilee Lines. The studio where the band recorded its songs is found at number 3.
2. The residence where Amy Winehouse died, is at 30 Camden Square. The house has been sold by the singer’s father to new owners, but it remains a pilgrimage site for fans of the singer who died too young.
3. Battersea Power Station on the southern banks of the Thames River was immortalized by the famous flying pig on the cover of Pink Floyd’s album “Animals”. The station also makes an appearance in the Beatles’ film “Help!”
4. At 430 Kings Road in the 1970s, the voice of the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, and the eclectic stylist, Vivienne Westwood, renamed their store “Sex”. It quickly became the centre of British punk fashion, and even Sid Vicious worked there. The shop today is called World’s End.
5. Berwick Street was the London road chosen by Oasis for the cover of their storied album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory”. The photo of the road was taken in front of the shop Sister Ray.
6. The last live performance by the Beatles was practically clandestine, and was blocked off by the police: it took place on the roof of the building at 3 Savile Row, known as the Apple Building.
7. Denmark Street is famous for its record stores and the studios where the Beatles, the Kinks, and the Rolling Stones recorded in the Sixties. In the 70s, the Sex Pistols lived at number 6, where they wrote “Anarchy in the UK” and “God Save the Queen”.
8. The Hard Rock Café on Old Park Lane, not far from the Hyde Park Corner tube station, is a veritable museum of inestimable musical relics: its collection includes Jimi Hendrix’s Flying V, John Lennon’s glasses, one of Kurt Cobain’s guitars, and much more memorabilia.
9. In the apartment where Jimi Hendrix lived the final period of his life, Suite 507, The Cumberland Hotel, the furnishings and the graffiti on the walls are a testament to the great musician. The TV shows his live performance at Woodstock, and an iPod is available to listen to his songs and one of his interviews.
10. Freddie Mercury died in 1991 at his Garden Lodge mansion at 1 Logan Place. The walls surrounding the house are still today plastered with letters and messages left for the legendary Queen singer by his fans.