It's always worth checking our Twitter page to see if we are doing any one-off tours to mark special occasions or anniversaries, but here are the regular ones.
If it happened in Soho, central London or St. John’s Wood, and it’s still there – as most of it is – you’ll see it.
As well as The Beatles’ Abbey Road, David Bowie’s Heddon Street, The Rolling Stones’ Denmark Street and Bob Dylan’s Savoy Hotel, you’ll see The Jam’s Carnaby Street, Elton John’s Musicland record shop, Led Zeppelin’s Sunday school statue, and the Siouxsie and the Banshees toilets.
In between the essential landmarks, though, I’ll point a lot, and say stuff like: “Glen Matlock wrote Pretty Vacant there in 1976, and if you turn round you’ll see where The Beatles and Roy Orbison bought their Cuban heel boots from Anello and Davide. And if we do a left here, into Great Newport Street, in the basement of these new ‘luxury’ flats at number 10, used to be Ken Colyer’s jazz club, Studio 51, where the Rolling Stones had a Monday night residency for most of 1963. Next door, at number 12, is where Bruce Fleming’s Jimi Hendrix photo for the Are You Experienced album was taken, in 1967; you know, the one with the vampire cape? Chris Stamp, The Who’s manager, came up with the idea… and if we do a right here, you’ll be able to sit in the seat where Marianne Faithfull had that photo taken, the Gered Mankowitz one, in 1968.”
The London music tour equivalent of the Citizen Steely Dan 4CD box set: everything you need up to about 1980, crammed into one tidy package, with nothing spare.
Not just the music in this tour; we’ll also be looking at the clothes, the clubs and the scene.
Everything was swinging in 60s Soho, and this tour will take you to where the faces hung out at the places.
From The Small Faces, The Kinks and The Who, to The Jam and beyond.
The Flamingo Jazz Club, The Marquee and the Mod club, where the hipsters hoped to get spotted and invited to the following Friday’s Ready, Steady, Go! Even Ray Davies spotted a girl there, in 1964, and wrote You Really Got Me for her.
From Lady Jane to Lord John and from The 100 Club to The Whiskey-A-Go-Go.
You’ll even get to see where Paul Weller used to get his ‘Steve Marriott’ haircut.
This is the London music tour equivalent of The Small Faces’ Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake. One half bouncy, punchy, pop; one half psychedelic fairy tale. All of it neatly packed into a pocket-sized round tin, full of attitude, style and nerve.
Briggs Gentlemen Hairdresser, Ormond Yard, St James SW1
Rupert Court, Soho W1
Beatles Stones Dylan
The Classic Rock tour, with all the key Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan locations covered, plus many others; including David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, The Who and Hanoi Rocks.
Photo locations, venues, pubs, theatres, recording studios, shops, restaurants, HQs and the odd public toilet or two.
This is the London music tour equivalent of Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star: an extended psychedelic medley of 60s pop and 70s heft, with enough glam and glitter to satisfy any card-carrying, bell-bottoms merchant.
If you would like me to put together a tour just for you, or a small party, send me an email of what you would like to do, and I’ll design something. It could be a particular artist or type of music, decade or location. For example, there’s a west London tour, focusing on The Rolling Stones, and a north west London tour of Camden and Notting Hill, focusing on The Clash. There’s also a north London tour, taking in Nick Drake, Pink Floyd and The Kinks.
If you would prefer not to be in a group, or you have a fixed idea of what you’d like to see, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and I’ll work something out.
Specialist tours will be priced according to the length of tour and size of your party.