London has been an important music hub not only in historic times, but in more recent decades as well. From classical eras to early modern jazz, and from the development of "Brit-pop" to postmodern rock, London has been — and continues to be — a major player in a world-famous music scene! Here are five famous music spots in the city.
1. 10a Holly Hill (Hampstead, NW3 6SE)
In 1965, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones moved to this apartment after their tour. Soon they began inviting John Lennon to listen to records in the evenings, which eventually turned into huge parties frequented by many famous artists at the time!
2. Abbey Road Studios (3 Abbey Road, NW8 9AY)
Abbey Road Studios and the famous zebra crossing are national heritage sites, where The Beatles famously recorded and took the legendary album cover shot, respectively. Now, thousands of people each month visit the historic crosswalk in their own attempts to recreate the photo!
3. St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel (Euston Road, NW1 2AR)
This is the hotel seen at the start of "Wannabe", one of the most famous music videos for one of London's most famous girl groups, The Spice Girls! It would be impossible to create a list of the coolest London music locations without mentioning this 90s all-girl pop group that made waves all around the world. You can see this upscale, Gothic hotel just outside of London's Kings Cross Station.
4. Camden Market Stairway (Camden High Street, NW1 8NH)
The iconic cover of The Clash's first album from 1977 is a stairwell in Camden Market, and for the punk band's fans, is an immensely popular place to see when they are in London. To get there, just walk through the front of the Stables Market section of Camden Market, which is easily accessible from the school!
5. The Marquee Club (90 Wardour Street, W1F 0TH)
The Marquee Club was first established as a jazz bar, and held performers such as Cyril Davies. Later, the Club moved to 90 Wardour Street in Soho, where bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Joy Division, The Cure, and Def Leppard have performed over the decades. Sadly, the club has since closed but the location is visited by its performers' many fans to this day.