A History of Rock & Pop In The West End

It’s THE most comprehensive history of rock and pop ever presented by a London tour guide. 

Across four Saturday afternoons in January 2023, covering four different routes, Adam Scott-Goulding will unfold the history of pop and rock’n’roll in the West End of London

Sixty years of amazing music PLUS… tales of drunkenness and cruelty, the gangsters of the music biz, the fashion and the drugs… with 400 years of London history for a backdrop.

Beginning in Soho with the origin story of the British music business we will cover everything from punk to psychedelia to Britpop, as well as all the roots musics – folk, blues and jazz.

You can join Adam for the whole series – book all four episodes for the price of three, a massive 25% discount – or you can drop-in for individual tours (each walk is designed to work as a standalone event as well as well as an episode in a series).  

Here’s the schedule…

DATETOURTIMEMEETING
POINT
TICKETS
AVAILABLE
7 Jan 2023Rock’n’Roll
Soho
2pm (1400)Tottenham Court Road Tube
(Exit 1)
14 Jan 2023Rock’n’Roll
Covent Garden &
The West End
2pm (1400)Tottenham Court Road Tube
(Exit 1)
21 Jan 2023Rock’n’Roll
Marylebone &
Fitzrovia
2pm (1400)Outside Marylebone Train Station
28 Jan 2023Rock’n’Roll
Mayfair, Piccadilly &
More Soho
2pm (1400)Bond Street Tube
(Marylebone Lane Exit,
by Disney Store,
north side of Oxford Street)
Updated 8 Sept 22

Walks can be booked individually – or book all four and get a 25% discount!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK THE WHOLE SERIES

Scroll down for tour descriptions…

Please provide a contact phone number where we can reach you on the day of the tour.

Your Booking

£ 0.00

Extra Info

Rock’n’Roll Soho

MEET: Tottenham Court Road Tube (Exit 1)

NEXT SCHEDULED DATE & TIME: 2pm (1400) Saturday 7th January 2023

History Of Rock & Pop walking tour –  Soho

From the origin story of rock and pop in the UK to Britpop – this walk is the seminal Rock’n’Roll London tour. 

We’ll take in the Rolling Stones first gig and Jimi Hendrix’s last. We’ll chase the ghosts of legendary venues. From coffee to cocaine we’ll look at the drugs that fuelled the music. We’ll catch David Bowie on the cusp of international superstardom and Marianne Faithfull in the heroin fogged aftermath of her first fame. The Who will smash the place up, Eric Clapton will walk away from stardom at the age of 20 and we’ll witness the birth of Led Zeppelin.

Skiffle, blues, folk and jazz are the roots musics on the bill. Soho is the stage – and with Soho comes four centuries-worth of tales of drunkenness and cruelty.  

Artists Covered On This Tour Include…

David Bowie

The Who

Jimi Hendrix

Marianne Faithful

The Beatles

Oasis

Queen

The Sex Pistols

Themes:

50’s Rock’n’Roll Roots

60s R&B

70s Punk

90s Britpop

West End History 1660s- Present Day

Tour ends near Oxford Circus/ Tottenham Court Tube

Rock’n’Roll Covent Garden & The West End

Meet: Tottenham Court Road Tube

NEXT SCHEDULED DATE & TIME: 2pm (1400) Saturday 14th January 2023

History Of Rock & Pop walking tour – Covent Garden

Along the route of this Rock’n’Roll Walk… the Stones began to roll, Bob Marley touched the world, the Kinks punched and kicked their way to notoriety and Bob Dylan vied with The Beatles in the invention of the pop music video. There’s rich pop pickings in this part of London.

The backdrop to this walk is 400 years of entertainment history.

We’ll go… in the footstep of David Bowie during his years of obscurity… to John Lennon’s last British gig… to the tiny cellar where Paul Simon regrouped from commercial failure… and we’ll rummage in the gentrified ruins of Denmark Street.

Artists Covered On This Tour Include…

The Rolling Stones

The Kinks

The Beatles

Paul Simon

Sandy Denny

Pink Floyd

Bob Marley

The Clash

John Lennon

Bob Dylan

Themes:

The drug culture

60s Psychedelia & Rock

70s Punk

Theatre History 1660s – Present Day

Tour ends near Charing Cross/Covent Garden Tube

Rock’n’Roll Marylebone & Fitzrovia

MEET: Outside Marylebone Train Station

NEXT SCHEDULED DATE & TIME: 2pm (1400) Saturday 21st January 2023

History Of Rock & Pop walking tour – Marylebone & Fitzrovia

This edition is the Beatle-heavy extravaganza. No part of London is more associated with the Fab Four than Marylebone. They lived here, they wrote here, they filmed here. We’ll track their Cuban-heeled bootprints through the first explosion of unprecedented pop fame to their first faltering steps after the death of their manager Brian Epstein. 

The Fabs are top of the bill, but the supporting cast for this walk isn’t too bad either. We’ve got the pre-fame Pink Floyd in their original London stomping ground. There’s Dylan’s first British gig way back in 1962. And then there’s the glorious old BBC in Portland Place – we’ll round-up the records they banned, the birth and death of Radio One and the scandals that have enveloped the corporation in recent years.  

Artists Covered On This Tour Include…

The Beatles

Pink Floyd

Bob Dylan

Cream

Themes:

The drug culture

60s Psychedelia & Rock

Censorship & the arts

Celebrity & fame

London History 1660s – Present Day

Tour ends near Goodge Street/Warren Street Tube

Rock’n’Roll Mayfair, Piccadilly & More Soho

Meet: Bond Street Underground (Marylebone Lane Exit, by Disney Store, north side of Oxford Street)

NEXT SCHEDULED DATES & TIMES: 2pm (1400) Saturday 28th January 2023

History Of Rock & Pop walking tour – Mayfair & Soho

On this episode of the Rock’n’Roll London Walk we will see…  The most expensive square on the English Monopoly board – Mayfair £400 – where Jimi Hendrix made his home.

The most celebrated theatre in British showbiz – The London Palladium – where the Rolling Stones made a stand against the old guard.

The most luxurious department store – Liberty’s – where David Bowie conceived his most famous look.

The most stylish street in the world of gentlemen’s style – Savile Row – where The Beatles played their final gig.

The most famous junction in the UK – Piccadilly Circus – where The Beatles launched themselves on international stardom.

With such a cast of characters, it’s all bound to end up in court – so we’ll visit the spot where Jagger, Johnny Rotten and two of The Clash were put on trial in the 60s and 70s.

Artists Covered On This Tour Include…

The Beatles

David Bowie

Jimi Hendrix

The Clash

The Rolling Stones

The Small Faces

Themes:

60s Rock

70’s Glam Rock

70s Punk

60s & 70s fashion

West End History 1710’s – Present Day

Tour ends near Piccadilly Circus Tube

The series goes again in 2023 – every Saturday afternoon in May and every Sunday afternoon in November.

DATETOURTIMEMEETING
POINT
TICKETS
AVAILABLE
6th May 2023Rock’n’Roll
Soho
2pm (1400)Tottenham Court Road Tube
(Exit 1)
⚠️Booking
Opens
January
2023⚠️
13th May 2023Rock’n’Roll
Covent Garden &
The West End
2pm (1400)Tottenham Court Road Tube
(Exit 1)
20th May 2023Rock’n’Roll
Marylebone &
Fitzrovia
2pm (1400)Outside Marylebone Train Station
27th May 2023Rock’n’Roll
Mayfair, Piccadilly &
More Soho
2pm (1400)Bond Street Tube
(Marylebone Lane Exit,
by Disney Store,
north side of Oxford Street)
Updated 8 September 2022
DATETOURTIMEMEETING
POINT
TICKETS
AVAILABLE
4th November 2023Rock’n’Roll
Soho
2pm (1400)Tottenham Court Road Tube
(Exit 1)
⚠️Booking
Opens
May
2023⚠️
11th November 2023Rock’n’Roll
Covent Garden &
The West End
2pm (1400)Tottenham Court Road Tube
(Exit 1)
18th November 2023Rock’n’Roll
Marylebone &
Fitzrovia
2pm (1400)Outside Marylebone Train Station
25th November 2023Rock’n’Roll
Mayfair, Piccadilly &
More Soho
2pm (1400)Bond Street Tube
(Marylebone Lane Exit,
by Disney Store,
north side of Oxford Street)
Updated 8 September 2022