In addition to London’s Swinging 60s Experience route along the Kings Road, Tour 2 passes by iconic music venues and locations on it’s way down to the Cradle of Rock. The Half Moon Pub in Putney where, allegedly, live music has been played there every night since 1963 and has hosted the world’s biggest names in folk, blues and rock. Olympic Studios in Barnes has featured more prominently in recording the world’s top bands than any other… Including Abbey Road!
We take in the homes of celebrated 60s music legends and locations like Twickenham Film Studios where The Beatles filmed ‘HELP!’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. You’ll see where Rod Stewart got his first break after visiting the Eel Pie Island Hotel to watch Long John Baldry perform. Other locations on this tour include The Cricketers Pub on Richmond Green outside which, Pete Townsend slept off an over indulgence of alcahol wearing the pub’s toilet seat around his neck while, paradoxically, Richmond Palace close by, with over 900 years history as a Royal Residence, was home to Kings Henry Vll, Henry Vlll and Queen Elisabeth l who died there in 1603. You’ll hear about the famous artists who performed at the Richmond Jazz and Blues Festival and its ongoing legacy.
The 60s hits we play on the original London bus are by the seminal artists who regularly performed at local venues such as The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, Elton John, The Yardbirds, David Bowie, The Who, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Animals, Genesis, Long John Baldry, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple Mott The Hoople and many more…
But no ‘Swinging 60s Experience’ is complete without the opportunity to take in some live music and Music Heritage London has recently secured the infamous (and original) ‘Crawdaddy Club’ venue immediately opposite Richmond train and tube station, described in ‘The Beatles' London: A Guide to 467 Beatles Sites in and Around London’ as “…the local equivalent to Liverpool’s Cavern Club” In time honored tradition, Sunday night gigs have now been reinstated featuring some of the world’s top tribute bands and 60s Legends like the 60s All Stars (featuring Mick Avory of ‘The Kinks’) and ‘Not The Rolling Stones’, one of the best look and sound-a-like tribute bands in the world. Now One Kew Road, this bar and restaurant venue was known in the 60s as the ‘Station Hotel’ where, on 24th February 1963, The Rolling Stones secured their first residency and where The Beatles came to watch them perform less than two months later.
And for those with an appetite for food as well as music, we have secured 25% off your food and drinks bill (when ordered together) at One Kew Road bar and restaurant for all of our ticket holders. Just show your tickets to the waiter when ordering.