Queen performed their first gig in 1970. 50 years later, they are still popular and still one of the bestselling bands of all time. Want to know why? Hop into one of our taxis and let our friendly driver guide you around Queen’s London, sharing some of the band’s most daring, fabulous and poignant moments with you.
Your private Queen taxi tour starts with a bang, or rather CLAP, CLAP, STAMP. What better place to meet your driver than outside the Dominion Theatre where Queen’s rock musical ‘We Will Rock You’ ran in the West End for 12 years? You’ll hear what the critics thought of the show, why it was a success and what happened to Freddie Mercury’s statue…
As you are driven around the West End, you’ll be entertained with anecdotes linking many of London’s theatre’s with Queen. Let’s face it, someone as flamboyant as Freddie Mercury just couldn’t resist performing and filming in theatrical settings.
During the tour you’ll pass locations that helped catapult Queen to success in the early days, including venues where they performed and the radio station that once played Bohemian Rhapsody over and over again: “Wasn’t that a great song? Let’s hear it again!”
Of course, we can’t forget the studios where Queen’s songs were recorded. As you take a little stroll through Soho you’ll find out what was so appealing about a blink-and-you-miss-it studio and what was recorded there.
‘God Save [the] Queen!’ As you make your way out of the West End, your tour embraces a regal tone and you may be surprised to discover Queen’s links with the Queen!
The second half of the tour takes you back to where it all started. From the early days of ‘Smile’ to Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon’s auditions for Queen. You can jump out of the taxi to have your photo taken under the plaque that commemorates Queen’s first gig.
As you drive around the Royal Borough, it’s strange to think that anyone could be a struggling artist, living in a dingy bedsit in this elite neighbourhood. But before Queen found fame and fortune, they enjoyed a Bohemian life of market stalls, grubby flats and cosy local pubs. But it was home. Kensington never stopped being home for Freddie Mercury, and the last stop on the tour will be outside his beloved Garden Lodge.