London is the central hub of entertainment in the UK and millions of fans and supporters travel there every day to watch shows and performances from the biggest artists in the business. The city’s world-class venues have hosted the biggest pop stars and rock legends from around the globe.
London’s indie music scene is well known for featuring some of the best up-coming bands and artists as they try to make a name for themselves. If you’re a lover of music then you’ll be spoilt for choice with the endless list of amazing events, attractions and venues around London, from your base at one of our hotels in Lancaster Gate, London. Here are a few of our top recommendations for you to get lost in the city’s legendary music scene.
Album cover tours
Some of the most iconic album artwork from the world’s biggest music artists feature imagery that was shot in London. See the spot that was featured on the front of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album or visit the power station in Battersea that’s on the front of Pink Floyd’s epic Animals album. Take your camera to the locations of your favourite album covers and create a side-by-side collage to add to your photo albums or social media pages. If you’re looking for hotels, Lancaster Gate London provides a great location to put you in easy reach of these iconic spots.
Handel and Henrix
The Handel House Museum on Brook Street in Mayfair is where classical music meets rock and roll. The terrace house was the home of the famous 18th century composer George Frideric Handel who lived there until he died in 1759. Browse the beautiful interior of this historic house as you view gorgeous artwork, antique furniture and priceless musical equipment. What’s interesting is that just two doors down from this house is the home of legendary guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, who took up residence at Brook Street two centuries after the classical composer. This gives you the chance to walk in the footsteps of two artists that made very different but equally as important contributions to the world of music.
Ain’t Nothing But… Blues
If you love rocking out to good old blues music then this bar near Oxford Street is the perfect place to enjoy a good drink and let loose. If you’re a musician then you can play along and perform at one of the bar’s regular jam nights. Enjoy an evening of great music in a warm atmosphere as you’re brought closer to the roots of blues music at this lively venue.
No trip to London would be complete for music lovers without a trip to the most famous road crossing in the world. Abbey road studio was where The Beatles’ iconic album was recorded and where the cover image was shot. Take a photo of you and your friends walking across the road as you recreate the famous album cover. Book early enough and you can enjoy a tour of the studio that has produced some of the best music in modern history.
Royal College of Music
Even if you’re not a fan of classical compositions, this unique museum experience is a must-see if you want to learn about the history of music. Browse exhibits that feature antique musical equipment as you hear how music has evolved over thousands of years. See how instruments, equipment and music writing has changed over centuries to create the industry that we know today.