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Best Attractions in London for Music Lovers

London has always been a favourite haven for music lovers as well as for singers and bands who have entertained Londoners for a long time. The city has also produced quite a few of these musicians itself, from Queen to Amy Winehouse. As a result of this long association with music, there are many attractions that have been made famous by luminaries in the field of music, that you can visit and learn more about your idols, buy classic records and if you want you can record a tune. Ten of the best London attractions for music lovers are mentioned below.

Abbey Road: The Beatles had recorded most of their songs at Abbey Road Studios, including ‘All You Need Is Love’ and ‘Love Me Do’. It is not open to the public unless a recording session is booked but there is a live web cam online. A little ahead on the road, you can see the famous pelican crossing that has inspired many copies and parodies and where the Fab Four had posed for the cover of Abbey Road. To get to this place, you need to reach St John’s Wood tube station and turn right after coming out and walk down Grove End Road. The studios are on your left if you turn right onto Abbey Road.

Jersey Boys:  Even if you are not very familiar with musicals and musicians such as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, you must have heard the songs: Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye), Big Girls Don’t Cry, Beggin’, December 1963 (better known as Oh What A Night)…and many others. Jersey Boys, the Olivier Award-winning musical, is every music fan’s favourite.

British Music Experience: Located inside the O2, British Music Experience will take you back in time and enable you to explore beautiful outfits, instruments, videos, photos and other memorabilia throughout the journey of British popular music. The things to watch out for include John Lennon’s glasses, ‘Ginger Spice’ Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress and Ziggy Stardust’s 1970s number outfit. You can also participate by displaying your best dancing skills at Dance The Decades booth, recording a track in the Gibson Interactive Studio and taking yourself back some of the biggest concerts of the past six decades in The Finale. You will also find infamous, irreplaceable pieces of British music memorabilia that include Noel Gallagher’s Union Jack guitar, David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes clown suit and Ziggy Stardust costume, a vintage Amy Winehouse dress and Roger Daltrey’s Woodstock outfit.

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Open Mic Night at The Spice of Life: At this music venue in Soho, famous musicians who have performed include Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Jamie Cullum. You can also perform if you go there on Monday by making use of the in-house piano and PA, or brining along your own instrument. If you are interested in performing, you should be there by 6:30pm to get a slot as the music will start at 7pm.

Denmark Street: Located near Leicester Square, this street is also called London’s Tin Pan Alley. You can find music shops on both sides of the small street, including Wunjo Guitars that sells new, used and vintage guitars, Vintage & Rare Guitars and You can also enjoy live music at the intinmate12 Bar Club or Alleycat Bar Club which is below Regent Sounds Studio where the first album of the Rolling Stones was recorded.

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Rock and Roll London Walk: This fascinating two-hour long walk will provide various anecdotes of rockstar exploits and enable you to visit the famous Marquee Club, explore the pub where Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton once frequented, find where the Sex Pistols made their world debut, and do a lot more. There is no need for any reservation, as you can just reach Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3) on any Friday at 2pm.

Honest Jon’s Records: Ever since it was established in 1974, Honest Jon’s, the most legendary of London’s independent record stores and the retail wing of the record label of the same name, has had a chequered but rollercoaster existence. It specialises in reggae, jazz and soul and is still one of the best record shops for music lovers in London.

Wembley Arena
: One of the most famous music venues, this is the dream place that every musician would like to be seen in, performing and shouting “Hello Wembley!”, just as famous musicians such as Madonna, David Bowie and Prince have done before.


Music Gallery at Horniman Museum: This is where you can see, hear and play all types of instruments from all across the globe ranging from a 3,500-year-old pair of Egyptian bone clappers to a retro synth. While there, you can visit ongoing exhibition The Art of Harmony, and explore Western classical music traditions and also try the instruments at Hands-on Base. The other music museums that are worth checking out include The Royal Academy of Music Museum and The Royal College of Music’s Museum of Instruments.

Hard Rock Cafe
: Hard Rock Cafe first started in London in 1971 and has spread all over the world. You can find memorabilia lining the walls of the restaurant and the vault below, including Eric Clapton’s Lead II Fender that was the first piece donated to the cafe. You may even be able to rub shoulders with an odd rock star visiting the cafe for a burger or see one of the jamming sessions. Even if you don’t find anyone, you can still have a great meal at the cafe.

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Fergus Brandon – who has written posts on All Here.


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