Music Heritage London (MHL) is launching new bus tours to celebrate the music and culture of the 60s. Commencing on Sunday March 25th, the tours offer a unique opportunity to see where rock stars, actors and socialites lived, performed and partied.
The time travel begins with boarding a vintage Routemaster London bus. A backdrop of fun live commentary and the best 60s music makes the experience complete.
There are four separate tours to choose from, running on Sundays and Tuesdays: the generic ‘Swinging 60s London’, the ‘Hendrix Experience’, ‘Rolling Stones and Beatles in West London’, and the ‘Hard Rock Museum’ tour. Commencing on Sunday March 25th, they offer a unique opportunity to see where rock stars, actors and socialites lived, performed and partied.
MHL’s mission is to pay homage to the time when London was home to a cultural revolution that spawned seminal musical innovation born out of years of post-war austerity. Popular music in the 60s offered teenagers a platform to express themselves and a springboard to escape the frustrations of their “seen and not heard” childhood. The tours help all generations relive a period of freedom and hope: those who remember it and those who came after.
“Never before has 60s music and the bands that created and performed it shone so brightly in the global media spotlight. Yet, on the list of London’s top 30 attractions, none are music related,” says Paul Endacott, MHL’s Founder and Managing Director. “These Swinging 60s Experience Tours have been created to help package and promote the capital’s vast music history by transporting passengers back in time and helping them discover the hidden reminders of an extraordinary time.
The Swinging 60s London tour starts at Sloane Square, Chelsea and passes by famous locations associated with 60s stars in the Kings Road, with a backdrop of original music and jingles supplied by the iconic pirate radio station Radio Caroline. The immersive Hendrix Experience begins at the flat at 23 Brook Street, where the guitarist lived and wrote many songs in the late 60s, and which is now open to the public. The bus then travels by other Hendrix-related sights, before arriving to the famous Troubadour live music venue for a one-hour Hendrix tribute show.
The Rolling Stones and Beatles tour starts at the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly and finishes at One Kew Road, Richmond – formerly home to the original Crawdaddy Club where The Rolling Stones were discovered and where The Beatles first met them. The Hard Rock Museum tour takes participants back to London’s rock era that started with the British Invasion in the 60s. The tour concludes at the museum in the basement of the Rock Shop next to the Hard Rock Cafe, home to many stunning pieces of rock memorabilia.
In addition to the tours, MHL has been hosting live 60s music nights at One Kew Road in Richmond and now the Troubadour in Earls Court. Previous performers have included the 60s AllStars, featuring Mick Avory of The Kinks, and internationally acclaimed tribute bands, such as Oye Santana and NOT The Rolling Stones. Notably, some 60s music legends themselves have been seen mingling with the audience at these gigs.
Visit Music Heritage London’s website for more information and to purchase tickets.