Musical Heritage of Britain

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Music guide to Britain


For decades, British music has taken the world by storm. Artists like The Beatles, Queen, and Genesis entertain millions of people and their songs are still frequently played on the radio. Even in recent years, the number of musical talents coming from Great Britain shows no sign of slowing down with musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Adele and Calvin Harris dominating the pop music scene. For every music fan visiting Britain we have produced a music guide to some of the biggest cities, so you can get closer than ever to your favorite bands. 


London has a population of more than 8.6 million people. For nearly 100 years, until 1925, London was the world’s largest city. More than 300 different languages are spoken in a diverse city, which is reflected in its multicultural food and music offerings.

Did you know? The very first Hard Rock Café opened 46 years in Piccadilly in London. Since then the chain has expanded to more than 50 cities around the globe.

Famous musicians: Legendary bands such as The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, and Queen were founded in London, the undoubted music capital of the UK. From Adele and The Clash to Phil Collins, to David Bowie and Led Zeppelin, dozens of bands and musicians had their beginnings in the streets of the capital.

Where to visit: The Roundhouse in London is a familiar name to just about every music lover. The former train shed in Camden has hosted gigs by some of history’s most iconic artists including Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. The venue shows no sign of stopping today, with free iTunes concerts often held there.

London’s famous nightlife is also loved by musicians. Love Me Like You Do singer Ellie Goulding has been known to party at the Library Bar in Shoreditch House after having a meal at Mildred’s in Soho. In case you don’t run into any celebrities on your night out there is always Madame Tussauds where you can really rub shoulders with the A-listers.

Thanks to The Beatles and their legendary Abbey Road album cover, a pedestrian crossing on a normal London road is one of the biggest tourist attractions for music fans. The zebra crossing is just outside the Abbey Road studios, where the four musicians recorded many of their albums, so it is a perfect photo opportunity for every Beatles fan.

Transport yourself back to the ‘Swinging Sixties’ when London was the music and fashion capital of the world and visit the Handel and Hendrix House where the talented guitarist Jimi Hendrix lived in the upstairs flat from 1968 to 1969.

Events: Several music festivals, including the Wireless Festival, South West Four, Lovebox, and Hyde Park's British Summer Time are held in London.

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