Drizzling Rain, Red Telephone Boxes And The Traveller’s Must-Have London Playlist
Imagine walking through London – what do you see?
Big Ben, the old Clock Tower; rain drizzling over cobbled streets and red telephone booths. The bright red double-decker buses swiftly turning around street corners. Football fans downing pints in a smoky pub, the change of guards in front of Buckingham Palace; names of places you’ve heard on TV or while playing Monopoly: Covent Garden, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square…
London is all that, and more. It’s the world’s most visited city, and cultural capital. Roughly 9 million people live in London, speaking more than 300 different languages. Once the centre of a worldwide empire, now it’s known for it stunning historical landmarks and unrivaled musical scene, as well as large underground system (the London Tube, which was the world’s first underground railway when its first line opened in 1863).
Let’s dive in and learn more about London’s music. Drum and base, dubstep and grime came to exist here, evolving from American hip-hop and Jamaican reggae. London is one of the birthplaces of punk – a starting point for The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Vivienne Westwood’s international success.
Rock history happened in the local Abbey Road Studios throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. A ludicrous amount of famous rock bands recorded here, from the Beatles to Pink Floyd, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Queen, David Bowie, The Cure, Eric Clapton (you name them!).
You might ask - skip the oldies, what about current music?
Well, many modern artists have shot up to stardom from the London music scene. In no particular order: Amy Winehouse, Jamiroquai, Ed Sheeran, the Prodigy, Florence and the Machine, Gorillaz, Seal, Adele.