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In London, info on any British Invasion rock roll music?

For those that might know of any good places to hear some good music especially Beatles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie… 60’s,- 80’s etc… music I would greatly appreciate any pubs, venues or ?

Thx in advance

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I think one of those organised walks around Soho or Mayfair that Frank II mentions would be a good bet. There's maybe not that much to see bar plaques on walls, but some traces of rock history still remain in Denmark Street, Wardour Street and other places in Soho. I've never been in it, but The Ship in Wardour Street is still quite rock n roll I believe.

A few places that spring to mind in Camden Town - World's End, The Dublin Castle and The Good Mixer. I'm not sure how relevant they are to the decades you mention, but they are all places with rock history going back quite some time anyway. Also in the borough of Camden is The Roundhouse, a venue dating back to the 60's that is closely associated with early Pink Floyd "happenings".

One place that I see quite often which is more personal is the former Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park. It was a great music venue in the 70's, now some sort of evangelical church. I had a childhood memory of seeing Bob Marley and The Wailers recorded in concert there on TV that stuck with me. I always think of that when I pass these days. I believe there is a great early Queen performance recorded there too.

Bob Marley and the Wailers, 1977 - https://youtu.be/pF4Sc5tOq6U?si=eZPSozl8FNfbHBTf
Queen, 1974 - https://youtu.be/BFvyg_jdeL0?si=qJcO7DVZzC1jCZTI

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You could visit here - https://handelhendrix.org/. Two geniuses separated by a wall and 200 years. And if you’re feeling adventurous you could take the Elizabeth line out to Forest Gate to see the plaque which marks where Hendrix wrote Purple Haze.

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Thx you for the interesting responses! Greatly appreciate it.

Cheer’s

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If you're interested in shopping for records, there's still a few places in Soho. Off the top of my head there's Third Man Records, Reckless Records and Sister Ray. There used to be many more. More my thing is Sounds of the Universe, for soul / jazz / funk / world stuff.

Outside of Soho, there's Rough Trade at Portobello Road (the original) and Brick Lane.
Flashback Records is good for used at more affordable (by today's standards) prices. Rise Above Records is out of my price range but I think it's one for the serious collector. Here's a list of UK record fairs, look to see if there's one near London while you're in town, or post your dates and I'll look for you.

Tons more but a few off the top of my head.