David Bowie Sites in London
In 2016 the world lost one of music’s biggest icons: David Bowie. However, even before his death, super-fans from all of the world would travel to London to seek out locations that were connected to the superstar. Then, in the aftermath of his death, fans began converging all over London to pay their respects at places associated with one of the most famous Londoners of our time. For those who would perhaps like to do the same, what follows is a list of London locations that have a connection to David Bowie — some of which are featured on our Rock N’Roll Tour of London!
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David Bowie was born and raised in the south of London, in the area of Brixton. This district of London remains fiercely proud of their connections to Bowie and provide two places worth a visit.
1. 40 Stansfield Road, SW9
This was not only David Bowie’s childhood home, but also the place where was born on the 8th of January 1947. Bowie lived here until he was six years old.
2. The David Bowie Mural, Brixton Road Opposite the Underground Station
Created by artist Jimmy Cochran in 2013, this mural gained international notoriety after Bowie’s death as this became the central location for fans to come and mourn the loss of an icon. Even today visits will find tributes left behind and messages to Bowie scrawled on the wall of the mural (with polite requests to keep these messages on the outer fringes of the art].
Soho was the heart of London’s swinging 60’s, rebellious 70’s, and the excess of the 80’s. David Bowie was here for it all and it’s in the streets of Soho where he became a star.
3. Heddon Street Alley
If you only have time to visit one Bowie location while you’re here in town – this is the one! In this small passage way off bustling Regent Street, David Bowie posed for the cover of his record-smashing album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” There is a plaque here dedicated to Ziggy and the location has turned into a bit of a shrine these days.
4. Trident Studios, 17 St. Anne’s Court, Wardour Street
Behind these walls Bowie recorded some of his most iconic albums and singles. “Ziggy Stardust,” “Hunky Dory” and “Space Oddity” all came into being at the studios here. [Also a small note to mention that Elton John, Queen and The Beatles also recorded here!
5. The Ship, 116 Wardour Street
The Ship was a popular haunt of David Bowie’s and it was his preferred place to drink before and after his sets at the nearby Marquee club. [Plus, what’s a list of London locations without a pub?!]
6. The Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street
The Marquee Club launched the careers of dozens of musical acts, and David Bowie was one of them. He began performing here in 1965 and quickly gained a following. He would return to the Marquee club throughout his career, including the legendary Ziggy Stardust performance in 1973 – the last Bowie would ever perform as Ziggy.
7. Wallace Collection, Manchester Square
Another site where Bowie sought creative inspiration. The Wallace Collection has a huge display of classical art dating from the 18th century. Bowie would use this art as inspiration for his costumes and performances.
8. Pollock’s Toy Museum, 1 Scala Street
Just one look into the windows of the museum is all one needs to find the David Bowie connection to this small building. In the 1960’s, David Bowie lived nearby on Manchester Street and became a frequent visitor to this museum. Stuffed to the rafters with odd dolls, clowns, victorian relics and bric-a-brac this museum provided the inspiration for many of Bowie’s iconic looks and acts.
Tours of Soho
Soho, Piccadilly, and Chinatown Tour – This tour takes you through the ages as we discuss the history of the neighorhood, how it has evolved over the years, and what it’s best known for today!
Rock N’ Roll Tour of London – Learn about the music movement that took over Soho in the 60s and 70s, as well as all the entertainment superstars who got their start here!
Soho and Chinatown Food Tour – Soho and Chinatown boast some of the best restaurants in the city! Come sample some of our favorite cuisines from these eclectic neighborhoods.
Self-Guided Soho, Chinatown, and Piccadilly Food Tour – Unable to join us on our food tour? No problem! Use this self-guided tour to explore Soho’s foodie history on your own.
Other significant music sites in Soho:
- Jimi Hendrix’s London
- Trident Studios
- The Bag O’ Nails
- The Marquee Club
- Ronnie Scott’s
- The Beatles’ London