Friday, 5 May 2017

12 Hours in London: A Musicians Guide.

There is no city quite like London.

She's a unique hotbed of culture whose identity can be much attributed to the rich music history she possesses. When you have merely twelve hours to soak in all the musical landmarks she has to offer, you must ration your time wisely.

Begin in Brixton. 9am, sharp. This mural, directly across from the Brixton tube station, commemorates the death of a legend and everyone's favourite androgynous King of Glam. Take a minute. Leave some flowers. Move swiftly on.

Dance your way back into the Brixton tube station because the next stop is Tin Pan Alley - otherwise known as Denmark Street. Ride the Victoria line to Oxford Circus where you need to change for the Central line to Tottenham Court Road. Then, let the Kinks be your guide: "Down the way from the Tottenham Court Road, just round the corner from old Soho." 

Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Kinks and countless other genre bending musicians made their first recordings in the very studios that line this street. You can also find the best selection of guitars that London has to offer. Spend a good few hours basking in the echoes of the legends that came here before you, maybe even treat yourself to a new axe. 

Make your way back to Tottenham Court Road station and ride the Central line to Liverpool Street. You are now in walking distance of our next port of call: Rough Trade record store. If you are like me, then you will need at least an hour to sift through the commendable selection of vinyl that this shop has to offer. Just cover up the prices, pick out your favourite album and take it to the check out.

This brings me to the concluding stop on this journey into the inner workings of London's music scene. I rode the Central line from Liverpool Street to Oxford Circus where I then walked to the London see the Voice of Protest himself - Mr Bob Dylan.

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