Freelance contribution by Jess Walter
Music is a powerful tool that can heal you, lower your stress levels, increase your memory, and prevent depression. However, when you take music out of your headphones and into your real life, you can further amplify these amazing benefits. From the British Rock revolution to the dynamic punk rock movement, London has been the centre of music for much of the world. Because of it’s huge influence on international sounds, you can live many moments of musical history throughout the streets of London. If you’re looking for a new adventure that will change your life and stimulate your earbuds, check out some of these musical landmarks right in the city of London.
The Zebra Stripes of Abbey Road
One of the most iconic bands of the United Kingdom is no doubt the Beatles. If you’re a Beatles fan, you most likely remember the Zebra Crossing that was featured on the cover of their Abbey Road album. This crossing can be found in the north London neighbourhood of St. John’s Wood. If you take the tube, get off at St. John’s Wood and head west on Grove End Road. Take a right on Abbey Road and you’ll find the Zebra Stripes Crossing as well as Abbey Road Studios. Take a picture while you’re here and don’t forget to smile for the camera. The crossing is constantly monitored by EarthCam and Abbey Road Studios.
23 Herndon Street
In 2016 we saw the passing of many musical legends, including pop icon David Bowie. If you’re looking for a way to memorialize him and his great music, take a trip to 23 Herndon Street. This address appears on the cover of David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album. You can also check out his childhood home at 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton or an Aladdin Sane-inspired mural on the wall of Morley’s department store by Tunstall Road.
Handel & Hendrix in London
23 Brook Street was once home to the legendary Jimi Hendrix. However, he wasn’t the only famous musician on the block. Right next door was the former home of musical composer, George Frideric Handel. To celebrate these two musical influencers, the buildings have been turned into a public museum that you can visit any day of the week. If you’re ready to embrace music and have a stress-free holiday, why not take a trip to the museum and learn how two musicians forever changed music through a tour of their private home.
Music isn’t only pleasing to the ears, but it can stimulate your entire mind and body. Take a trip to one of these locations and you’ll create motivating musical memories that will last a lifetime.