London is one of the most beautiful, vibrant and creative cities in the world, so it’s impossible to feel that you’ve experienced everything London has to offer
As Dr. Samuel Johnson said, ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’. Our city is the home of so many world famous musicians, from Beatles to Sam Smith, so music is definitely something you’ll enjoy about life in London. Most of all, London’s many unique and quirky music venues provide great opportunities for undiscovered artists to show off their talent. With so many new artists always performing, you can enjoy a huge variety of music.
Avalon School is on Denmark Street, one of the music world’s most famous streets, where everyone from David Bowie to the Rolling Stones have hung out and where musicians still come to buy their
instruments today. It is also known as ‘London’s Tin Pan Alley’, taking the name from a famous area of New York where the most popular musicians and songwriters lived in the early 20th Century.
If you’re lucky, you might even see some famous musicians in the music shops. In July this year the Foo Fighters played at Glastonbury Festival. The next week their drummer, Taylor Hawkins, came to buy a guitar at Regent Sounds, next to our school.
Taylor Hawkings of the Foo Fighters in Regent Sounds next to Avalon School.
Here are some recommendations of British artists and local music venues from Avalon teachers.
One of creators of heavy metal, who mixed a wide range of music genres (blues, folk, and early psychedelic music).
Recommended song: ‘Stairway to Heaven’ of Led Zeppelin iii
Recommended venue: Ronnie Scott’s, London’s best jazz club, Royal Festival hall for classical music lovers.
The artist famous for changing styles and experimenting with music!
Recommended song: ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Star man’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Let’s dance‘. You really need the best of to get a taste of all the different hits!
Recommended venue: Paper dress vintage in Hackney is good for alternative rock and vintage clothes. The Boogaloo in Highgate and Joe’s in Camden are great rock n roll bars.
The most streamed female artist in 2017!
Recommended song: ‘Dreams’
Recommended venue: The Piano Works in Farringdon where a pianist takes requests from the audience and performs songs of all genres live on stage. Booking required.
One of the most important electronic bands of the 1980s and 1990s. They brought together electronic and industrial music, together with great lyrics and incredible videos. So many of the most major musicians we know now have been influenced by them. Just Google them!
Recommended song: ‘Walking in My Shoes’. For the song, lyrics, and video.
Recommended venue: None. Just explore! London has so much variety you need to try to see as many venues as you can. Go to the traditional venues for traditional satisfaction, but explore the alternatives as much as you can. You never know what you’ll discover, which is the magic of London! Happy hunting!