London has played a very important role in music history seeing as it was the hometown of music legends such as David Bowie, Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Coldplay, Gorillaz, and many others. There are plenty of venues that offer the finest live music, iconic studios, famous locations, and then some more.
Whether you are a fan of a specific genre or artist, or you’re looking for shops to get a Cremona for students, London is a dream come true for all music lovers. The streets are filled with the memory of some of the most famous musicians and the city has something to offer for everyone. Take a look below to see some of the places you can visit.
While London has numerous musical landmarks, Abbey Road is without a doubt the most famous one since who could ever imagine that a simple pedestrian crossing will end up having so much emotional meaning to so many people.
Abbey Road is famous for being the location where the cover of The Beatles’ last album, named “Abbey Road”, was shot. Since this place has so much meaning, Beatles fans have used it as a pilgrimage spot for years and many claim that you can still feel the spirit of the Beatles alive there.
Besides the crossing where you can take your own photo, there is also the Abbey Road shop right next to the studio where you can buy souvenirs. The shop is not just about the Beatles and fans of the numerous musicians who played a role in creating the legacy of the Abbey Road Studios will find something worth buying.
Handel and Hendrix House
What’s so fascinating about the Handel and Hendrix House that is located at 25 Brook Street is that it was the home of composer Handel and many years later, the flat next door would become the home to yet another famous musician, Jimi Hendrix.
Handel lived at the Handel House from 1723 to 1759 and it is here where many of his works have been composed and there are still live performances of his music that you can attend throughout the year at this location.
Jimi Hendrix lived at the Hendrix Flat for just one year, from 1968 and 1969 and while previously it was only available to visit during London’s Open House weekend, the flat is now fully open to the public. There is also an adjoining exhibition that you can visit and there you can find a large collection of Hendrix memorabilia from throughout his impressive career.
Royal Albert Hall
This stunning venue hosts some of London’s most diverse event calendars and it is one of the most famous concert venues in the world. It was first opened to the public in 1871 and since then it has become the highest-profile musical venue in the UK and it hosts more than 360 events each year.
The events you’ll find here are also extremely diverse since you can catch performances from mega-popular musicians such as Ed Sheeran and Adele but you can also listen to niche bands, classical orchestras and more. If you want to wander around the stunning auditorium and gallery and explore each corner of the venue, you can take a grand tour.
Hard Rock Cafe
In London, you can also find the original Hard Rock Café that was opened in 1971. It’s true that for many this may seem like a cliché, but if there’s ever a place to visit a Hard Rock as a tourist, it’s certainly in London.
Here you can find a wealth of memorabilia featuring belongings of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and many others. As a plus, the drinks and cakes are also very good.
The Horniman Museum has free admission and it features an extensive collection of natural history, anthropology, and musical instruments. Throughout the year, the museum hosts a wealth of special exhibitions, workshops, festivals, concerts, shows, and activities.
It may be known for its aquarium and natural science collection, but you can also find a fascinating assortment of antique pianos, handmade drums, unique instruments and more in the instrument hall section. It’s a perfect location for tourists who like music but also art and science.