PREPARE TO BE TRANSPORTED BACK IN TIME TO THE MOST DEFINING DECADE OF 20TH CENTURY BRITAIN!
This unique and immersive music heritage experience will captivate you with original music from the era while you learn about the birth of popular music and the Cultural Revolution that spawned Swinging 60s London from the live commentary by our friendly and experienced tour guides.
Our tours pass by numerous iconic 60s venues and locations along their routes. New routes are currently being planned to other famous locations so register for regular updates at the bottom of this page.
1 HOUR TOUR – LONDON’S SWINGING 60s
Departing at various times from varying locations this 1 hour tour on a vintage London double-decker bus takes in the sites, sounds and smells of Swinging 60s London as we transport you back in time along, what was once, its beating heart and soul – the Kings Road, Chelsea.
You’ll pass by the locations of the Chelsea Drug Store, immortalised in The Rolling Stones’ song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and Mary Quant’s boutique ‘Bazaar’ famed inventor of the mini skirt. You’ll see the architectural splendour of The Pheasantry, once owned by Eric Clapton in the 60s, the site of ‘Granny Takes a Trip’, the first psychedelic boutique in London who’s customers included Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and many other music legends and socialites of the 60s and the Chelsea Registry Office which hosted many celebrity weddings including those of Roman Polanski to Sharon Tate and Judy Garland to Mickey Deans in March 1969.
The tours continue past homes of the famous in Edith Grove and the exclusive Cheyne Walk as we head up to the splendour of the Royal Albert Hall on our way back to where you boarded the bus.
The tour bus outside The Hard Rock Café
Steve Hackett on the 60s London Bus
DATES IN MAY/JUN/JUL
FROM ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Package to include a 1 hour Swinging 60s Experience bus tour, 1 hour guided 60s related tour of the Royal Albert Hall and lunch at the ‘Verdi’ – Italian Kitchen.
3 HOUR TOUR – THE CRADLE OF BRITISH BLUES & ROCK
Tours start at the Hard Rock Cafe in London’s Piccadilly and finish at One Kew Road in Richmond, formally the Station Hotel and home to the original Crawdaddy Club where The Rolling Stones launched their career back in February 1963. This tour takes in homes of celebrated 60s music legends and music locations like Eel Pie Island and Twickenham Studios where The Beatles filmed ‘HELP!’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. You’ll see where Rod Stewart got his first break and pass by other iconic music venues along the route of this 3 hour tour on our vintage London bus.
Tour options, when available, include lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, pick up points in Richmond and live 60s music by some of the world’s top legend and tribute bands. One Kew Road is immediately opposite Richmond Station with fast and frequent train/tube services back to all parts of London.
SUNDAY 09 APR
FROM HARD ROCK CAFE
£25.00 + FEE
This 3 hour, immersive, guided tour on a vintage London bus is ideal for groups and individuals with a common interest in one of the most defining decades of 20th Century Britain. You’ll hear about the birth of popular music and the counterculture that spawned Swinging 60s London as you pass by the homes of notable music legends, historic locations and iconic music venues on your journey from the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly, down the Kings Road in Chelsea to Richmond via West London’s cradle of Blues & Rock.
Tour options include:
- Pick up in Richmond (outside the rear exit to One Kew Road
- Live music after the tour by 60s legend MIKE BERRY and support tribute band THE WORD
Unique to any other music heritage tour in London, we have ample capacity on our vintage 60s London bus to accommodate group bookings for up to 70 passengers on each tour. Email your requirements directly to info@60sBus.London
- Due to the historic nature of our vintage buses, they have not been modified to conform to modern accessibility standards.
- Tours are not suitable for children under 5 years of age.
- Glass receptacles may not be used on the tour bus under any circumstances.
- MHL cannot be held responsible for delays caused by prevailing traffic conditions and road closures.
- Smoking of joints, pipes, cigarettes or cigars are strictly prohibited.
Music Heritage London is delighted to have brought together bands of the highest calibre and global reputation for your ultimate enjoyment in one of London’s most iconic venues. One Kew Road was known in the 60s as the Station Hotel and home to the original Crawdaddy Club where, on Sunday 24th February 1963, The Rolling Stones launched their career playing to an audience of just three. By the time The Beatles came to watch them at this venue on Sunday 14th April, less than two months later, fans were queuing over the railway bridge at the rear of the building.
On Sun 5th May, Dick Rowe of Decca Records attended the Stones gig here at the suggestion of George Harrison and signed them immediately. Less than a month later, Decca released their first hit ‘Come on’. The Rolling Stones played their final gig here on Sun 16th June 1963 before being replaced as resident band by The Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page at the new home 200 yards away on Richmond Athletics Ground also home the Richmond Jazz and Blues Festival (1961-1965) forerunner to today’s Reading Festival.
All ticket holders who attend our tours and events at One Kew Road will enjoy a massive 25% OFF their food and drinks bill when ordered together.
One Kew Road is located immediately opposite Richmond Station with a fast and frequent train/tube service to and from Central London.
LIVE GIGS 2017
SUNDAY 09 APRIL
Legend of stage & screen supported by top 60s tribute band ‘The Word’.
SUNDAY 07 MAY
Showcasing rising stars supported by top 60s tribute band ‘The Word’.
SUNDAY 04 JUNE
Celebrating 50 years of Sgt. Peppers with top Beatles tribute band.
SUNDAY 09 JULY
Celebrating the summer of love with the world’s top Santana tribute band.
SUNDAY 13 AUGUST
ONE NIGHT WITH ELVIS
Celebrating 40 years since the king left the building with top tribute.
SUNDAY 03 SEPTEMBER
Paying homage to the supergroup formed by George Harrison.
SUNDAY 01 OCTOBER
ALL NIGHT WORKERS
Classic Memphis Soul band established in Twickenham in 1996.
SUNDAY 05 NOVEMBER
60s ALL STARS
Featuring Mick Avory of The Kinks
SUNDAY 03 DECEMBER
SOUND OF THE 60s PARTY
In addition to a top tribute band playing all the classic hits, we’ll be inviting many of the music legends who helped to create the Sounds of the 60s.
EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE
- FREE MEMBERSHIP to the original Crawdaddy Club for 12 months
- MEMBER OFFERS on future tours, events & merchandise
- NO QUEUING at the Hard Rock Cafe with our meal option tickets
- FREE ENTRY to ‘The Vault’, London’s only rock museum
- 25% OFF food & drinks bill at One Kew Road, Richmond
Music Heritage London Ltd was launched in 2014 to help package and promote the vast and unique music heritage and history of West London to a wider National and International audience and by doing so, help celebrate and perpetuate the 60s music and cultural legacy for future generations.
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Telephone: 020 8940 1040
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