Leicester Square Tube, exit 1 (by Wyndham's Theatre) | Map
Guided by Adam
Short version: Have a cigar, you're gonna go far... This is Pink Floyd's London.
Long version: Architecture students Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright met at Regent Street Polytechnic in 1963. They founded R & B combo Sigma 6 (later the Screaming Abdabs and then The Tea Set) and were joined in '64 by charismatic painter and songwriter Syd Barrett. Syd melded the blues singers FLOYD Council & PINK Anderson for the band's new name and brought an oh-so English take to their psychedelic sound. The troubled Barrett has become a cult figure despite leaving the band in'68. His drug use and reclusive final years are the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend. David Gilmour (an old Cambridge friend of both Barrett and Waters replaced Syd and, with Waters as principal writer, they went on to sell millions of records over a period of 15 years of groundbreaking rock music followed by 20 years of very public artistic differences. Five decades on, Floyd records still sell, new Sydologists join the cult every year and the debate rages on: Waters or Gilmour – which side are you on?
This walk is not suitable for children. Parental guidance is advised as this walking tour contains frequent and explicit references to the use of drugs throughout.
Pink Floyd's London takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, September 23. The meeting point is just outside exit 1 (by Wyndham's Theatre) of Leicester Square Tube. Bring an Oyster Card because we'll take a tube journey as part of the tour. The walk coincides with the V & A's Pink Floyd exhibition Their Mortal Remains. N.B. this is the last outing for this walk before the Pink Floyd exhibition ends at the V & A. So – nudge, nudge – catch it while you can.
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If you can't make the September 23 Pink Floyd's London walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Pink Floyd's London – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Which in this instance means star guide Adam. He's a performing musician, a national journalist and a ton of fun – the only person I know who talks like a well-written magazine article! Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.
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