London Calling Series 3

Step In Time On A Music History Tour

Following-on from the success of Season 1 & Season 2 in the winter of 2021/21, here’s Season 3 of London Calling – 6 ALL NEW Virtual Tours

London Calling is a series of virtual tours looking at the musical history of London one-neighbourhood-at-a-time.  You can enjoy individual tours or you can book the whole series – there’s a 40% discount when you book all six.

As well as the 40% discount with full season booking, you also get 6 week access to recordings of the tours to watch in your own time.

THE SEASON SCHEDULEDATE
Musical Camden4/11/21
Musical Southwest London11/11/21
Musical Hampstead18/11/21
Musical Belgravia & Westminster25/11/21
Musical Southeast London02/12/21
Musical Thames09/12/21

Places are available on individual tours of for all 6 episodes in the series – simply click the buttons at the end of each tour description and choose from the book SINGLE TOUR or BOOK THE SEASON options

Musical Camden

LIVE via Zoom on Thursday 4th November 2021 7pm (1900) London Time

Pop your head out of Camden Town tube station on any given Sunday and you’ll be treated to a veritable Bayeaux Tapestry of pop culture tribes from Goths to Mods and beyond.

Such is Camden’s association with pop and rock music that it is the home to London’s first Walk Of Fame – the English, rock’n’roll version of Hollywood’s sidewalk star commemorations.

We’ll take a look at the changing face of Camden Market, a magnet for visitors from all over the world, and we’ll consider the way Londoners live in Camden Town today – both centre stage in Camden Town itself and in the quiet, less-bustling corners of the borough.

As for the music at hand… Punk will clamour for our attention – The Clash rehearsed at what is now Stables Market… the brash laddishness of the 90s Britpop bands will make itself heard… and of course we’ll meet the much-missed Amy Winehouse who lived and died in Camden.

As usual in these Musical London virtual tours we will go further afield than the greatest hits… We’ll also find Mozart’s biographer, the keeper of the flame of English folk music, and attend the mass acid trip that never was.

From Doctor Marten boots to clog dancing – all music is here in Camden. 

Musical Genres On This Tour
Rock
Punk
Ska
19th Century Classical
Folk
Indie

Artists Include…
Blur
Henry Wood
Amy Winehouse
Madness
The Clash

Places Visited
Primrose Hill
Regents Canal
Camden Market
Kentish Town
Regent’s Park

Musical South West London

LIVE via Zoom on Thursday 11th November 2021 7pm (1900) London Time

It’s another big area to cover (see also Southeast & East London episodes) – which allows us to run riot through the genres once more. 

From cradle to grave – we’ll find where Bowie was born in now gentrified Brixton and the spot where Marc Bolan died in Barnes. 

We’ll go visiting with the great and good – George Frideric Handel had his first lodgings at Barn Elms and The Beatles were “neighbours” in St Margaret’s. (While we’re in that neighbourhood we’ll find lots of music at Twickenham Studios, too)

We’ll also pick up cult legend Geno Washington and the Ramjam Band,  spy on the Stones as they record in arguably the finest recording studio of the 60s, and see Gustav Holst’s home.

Oh, and pigs really WILL fly over Battersea Power Station.

Musical Genres On This Tour
Rock
Ska
Reggae
Soul
Baroque
19th Century Classical
Artists Include…
The Beatles
Handel
Pink Floyd
Gustav Holst
Geno Wazhington

Places Visited
Brixton
Twickenham Studios
Barnes Common
Olympic Studios
Battersea Power Station

Musical Hampstead

LIVE via Zoom on Thursday 18th November 2021 7pm (1900) London Time

Heath, hills and house prices. Hampstead is famous for all three.

This storied north London enclave reaches some 400 feet above sea level. Its most expensive properties can hit the £30 million mark and it boasts 800 acres of wild park, woodland and meadow.

But those Hampstead numbers only tell part of the story…

The musical numbers that make up this virtual tour reveal much about the makeup of Hampstead, one of London’s most creative neighbourhoods.

Our narrative playlist will draw upon the work of… Canadian troubadour Leonard Cohen & his first novel;  The story of Decca Records in West Hampstead… Bob Dylan sofa surfing & Johnny Rotten squatting in NW3… Phyllis Tate, composer of an opera inspired by the Jack the Ripper case… and the wistful pocket musical Les Bicyclettes de Belsize.

As we pass we’ll meet Hampsteadites from the world of literature, art, media and politics – NW3 is famed for its famous residents in those fields, too.  But for one hour they’ll have to take a back seat to the composers, players and singers – today these Hampstead hills are alive with the sound of music. 

Musical Genres On This Tour
Film Soundtrack
Musicals
Folk
Blues
Rock
20th Century Classical

Artists Include…
Marianne Faithfull
Frederick Delius
Rolling Stones
Bob Dylan
Phyllis Tate

Places Visited Include…
Hampstead High Street
Hampstead Heath
Kenwood House
Belsize Park

Belgravia & Westminster

LIVE via Zoom on Thursday 25th November 2021 7pm (1900) London Time

“People’s behaviour away from Belgravia would leave you aghast!”

Noel Coward, Marvellous Party

This marvellous party of a virtual tour is a two-neighbourhood affair (see also the Musical Mayfair & St James’s virtual tour) and tour musical tour will take in everything from music hall (vaudeville) to baroque.

On Side One we’ll mooch around the stuccoed squares and mews of Belgravia, tracing its history and tracking down Noel Coward, Kitty Stevens, Frederic Chopin and Brian Epstein (among others).

Turning over to Side Two, Henry Purcell will dominate – the great man of English baroque was born, lived, worked and died within a few square miles in Westminster. He’ll be ably supported by David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues.

Pomp, power and posh squares – from the movers and shakers of Parliament to high society in Belgrave Square, welcome to Belgravia and Westminster. 

Musical Genres On This Tour
Musical Theatre
Opera
60s pop
Rock
19th Century Classical
17th Century Baroque

Artists Include…
Henry Purcell
David Bowie
Noel Coward
Frederic Chopin
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Places Visited
Westminster School
Belgrave Square
The Palace of Westminster
Westminster Abbey
Whitehall Palace
Victoria Palace Theatre

Musical South East London

LIVE via Zoom on Thursday 2nd December 2021 7pm (1900) London Time

On this tour we’ll cover a lot of virtual ground – from Greenwich to Penge and beyond – genteel, royal London to working class London and back again.  All human life – and thus all music – is here.

On this instalment of the London Calling series we’ll reach our southernmost points on the map – Bromley and Beckenham, the old stomping grounds of David Bowie. We’ll call in at Deptford to find one of London’s most beloved bands, the legendary Squeeze. The Bromley Contingent will make a cameo appearance – the disaffected youth of suburban southeastern London who answered the clarion call of punk rock.  We’ll look in to death of ACDC’s Bon Scott and hear the Hallelujah Chorus at Crystal Palace for miles around.

Welcome to the beautiful south… via Halle, New York City & Mars. Southeast London yields a weird-and-wonderful greatest hits.

Musical Genres On This Tour
Punk
Baroque
19th Century Classical
Heavy Metal 
60s R&B

Artists Include…
David Bowie
Squeeze
ACDC
Siouxsie & the Banshees
Handel

Places Visited
Bromley
Beckenham
Dartford
Forest Hill
Deptford
Crystal Palace

Musical Thames

LIVE via Zoom on Thursday 9th December 2021 7pm (1900) London Time

From Tilbury Dock to Richmond, the narrative for this virtual tour rises in the east and sets in the west – a day in the life of London Music.

At Tilbury we’ll cheer the arrival of the calypsonians of the Windrush generation in 1948 – and at Richmond we’ll see where black music was woven in to the fabric of post-war British youth experience. 

George Frederic Handel will serenade us from Whitehall to Chelsea;  The Kinks’ Ray Davies paints a riverside picture as vivid as any Monet. Meanwhile the filth and the fury of the Sex Pistols will rock the boat.  And there are riverside venues aplenty from the O2 to the Royal Festival Hall and Eel Pie Island.

The musical history of London just keeps rolling along. What better place to chart its flow than on the river that founded this mighty city?

Musical Genres On This Tour
Calypso
Baroque
Blues
Jazz
19th Century Classical
Pop & Rock
Eurovision

Artists Include…
Handel
The Kinks
Lord Kitchener
The Sex Pistols
Places Visited
Tilbury
Richmond
South Bank
Royal Festival Hall
Eel Pie Island