David Bowie London Tour
Ages: All Ages
Duration: 3 hours
Tour Type: Public and Private Tour
Starting Location: Outside Brixton Underground Station
End Location: Tottenham Court Road Underground Station
David Bowie London Tour
David Bowie was one of the world’s most influential and loved musicians. But who was the man behind Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane? Join us on our David Bowie London tour to uncover the truth about the Brixton Boy who became a global superstar.
- Locations in Brixton & Soho
- Stanfield Road – where David Bowie was born!
- David Bowie’s primary school
- Brixton 02 Academy
- Ritzy Cinema & Cafe
- Ziggy Stardust plaque
- Trident Studios Soho & Marquee Club
- Soho highlights tour with links to David Bowie
On the David Bowie London Tour, you will find out how you can take the boy out of Brixton, but you can’t take Brixton out of the boy.
The tour will start off by exploring David Bowie’s roots in the London suburbs of Brixton. Walking around, you’ll get a flavour of the Brixton that Bowie would have known and loved with its rich heritage and diverse cultures. You’ll visit the sites where David Bowie fans gathered together to mourn his passing in 2016, see venues where Bowie performed, and find out where some of the many Bowie-themed parties and celebrations were held.
This first half of the David Bowie walking tour will give you an insight into his early life, his family and events that helped shape him and turned the young David Jones into the musician, David Bowie.
As you walk around you’ll see how proud Brixton is of its Bowie link. There are several little nods to this local lad, the highlight of which is the David Bowie memorial just opposite the underground station.
Although he spent his early years in Brixton, David Bowie found fame and fortune in London’s buzzing Soho district, so you’ll take a short tube journey (not included in the price of the tour) to continue your David Bowie London Tour in Soho.
Soho was the heart of the music industry in the 1970s, it was here that the eager David Bowie hoped to make a name for himself and started working, socialising, and allegedly living in Denmark Street, a.k.a. Tin Pan Alley.
The tour stops outside several of Soho’s legendary music venues and as well as the studio where David Bowie recorded two of his albums. After the tour you may like to come back and enjoy a drink in David Bowie’s favourite pub, which will be pointed out to you during the tour.
As you walk through Carnaby Street, you’ll take a moment to talk about “Fashion! Turn to the left. Fashion! Turn to the right.” What better place to reminisce on Bowie’s iconic song, and of course some of his most striking fashion choices?
During the David Bowie London Tour, you’ll be able to stand in the very spot that featured on the album cover ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ and see one of the few plaques dedicated to a fictional character, guess which one?
As you wind through the streets of Soho you’ll hear anecdotes and trivia about his songs, how he was portrayed in the media, his rise to fame, and his unique ability to reinvent himself as different personas.
The tour finishes outside Tottenham Court Railway station. There are numerous bars and restaurants nearby if you’d like to spend your evening in town. It’s a short walk to mainline railway stations, Covent Garden, London’s theatre land, or you can head back into David Bowie’s buzzing Soho.
- 3-hour walking tour of London’s Brixton & Soho areas
- Knowledgeable, approachable & fun guide
- Convenient tour starting point outside Brixton Underground Station
- End by Tottenham Court Road Station
- Food & drink
- British Sign Language interpreter not included
What To Bring
- Travel Card / Oyster card / contactless payment methods for Tube
- Comfortable shoes for a leisurely walking tour
Good To Know
- English language tour
- Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the tour
- This guided tour is not accessible for wheelchair users or for parents with prams or buggies
- Adults who are 18 years and older must accompany anyone who is 17 years or younger on all tours
How long is the route?
- The tour is approximately 2 miles long.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
- The tour is not suitable for a wheelchair due to the need to travel on the tube train and uneven surfaces on the route. British Sign Language is not provided on the tour.
Do children need to be accompanied?
- All people under 18 (i.e. 17 years old and younger) must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 years or over) on all tours
Is the tour suitable for children?