Music-lovers come to London from all over the world
to visit the famous places where great music is made.
The streets of London are steeped in an ever-evolving music history; from The Beatles to Bowie, punk to pop and everything in between.
All the major record companies and many of the leading independent labels are located there as well as some of the greatest recording studios and live music venues on the planet.
If a musical idea doesn’t start there then London will soon hear it,
add its own twist and play it back to the world.
The London Music Map is the creation of music producer Nick Faber. Having left school at 16 determined to work in music Faber landed a job working at Beatle’s producer George Martin’s AIR recording studio and from there went on to work with major recording artists and soundtrack feature films and television commercials.
Faber says he had the idea for a map of London music sites walking around the city thinking about all the famous locations where classic music has been created over the years. "If you didn't live here or didn't know where they were, you might walk past a lot of these legendary locations" says Nick. "I wanted to get as many of them down on a map so people could discover them for themselves."
The London Music Map is illustrated by graphic artists RUDE. Husband and wife team Rupert and Abi Meats have had their colourful illustrations and designs featured in The Tate, Urban Outfitters and the National Theatre amongst other places. RUDE say "We loved drawing the old album covers and music venues... over the years we've spent a lot of time going to The Astoria (now demolished) and it holds a magic place in our hearts, so it’s amazing to now have it documented and included on this map."
A1 Print Released
50 limited edition London Music Map prints, available exclusively from We Built This City on Carnaby Street, sell out in just one month
A3 Print Released
Open edition A3 print released and features in Where London as part of the magazine's music special
Fold Out Map & Guide
The London Music Map fold out map and guide is released and the new website unveiled
Run the numbers
69 Entries on the guide
11 Album cover photos
15 Live music venues
9 Recording studios
7 'Born or Lived Here' locations
12 song street names
7 Miscellaneous items
Let's break it down
Here are just a few of the entries on the London Music Map
“(What’s The Story) Morning Glory” Oasis
“Between The Buttons” Rolling Stones
“London Town” Wings
“New Boots and Panties” Ian Dury
“Abbey Road” The Beatles
“Animals” Pink Floyd
“The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” David Bowie
“Original Pirate Material” The Streets
“Muswell Hillbillies” The Kinks
Kentish Town Forum
The Marquee Club
Shepherds Bush Empire
Royal Albert Hall
Abbey Road Studios
Britannia Row Studios
De Lane Lea