London’s Musical Must-Dos

Punk London
Forty years of subversive culture are celebrated in Punk London – a year-long festival packed with gigs, films, talks and exhibitions. Punk was a movement that shook the world, thanks to bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Visit the Wilkinson Gallery (from 15 Apr) for photos from punk’s heyday.

The Sessions
Experience one of the most magical moments in music history in this live re-staging of The Beatles recording at Abbey Road Studios. In The Sessions (1 Apr; 14-15 May), you can hear each song played exactly as it was recorded, with cinematic effects and choreography to take you on a journey from the early Liverpool days to Beatlemania.

Jimi HendrixHandel & Hendrix In London
The Handel House Museum was renamed in February following the opening of Jimi Hendrix’s former flat next door. Now you can see the homes of both iconic musicians who, separated by a wall and 200 years, changed music forever.

Hard Rock Cafe
Opened in 1971, this has one of the world’s biggest collections of rock music memorabilia, as well as great American cuisine. Visit the rock ‘n’ roll museum The Vault in the basement. Highlights include John Lennon’s lyric sheet for Instant Karma!

See a map of London’s must-see music locations. This is available at We Built This City, 56 Carnaby St, W1F 9QF or at

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