London In The Swinging 60s

(33 customer reviews)

BBC Broadcasting House London W1A 1AA - nearest tube Oxford Circus

Guided by Adam

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
21 April 2024 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Winter Reserve Online
2 May 2024 Weekly 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
30 May 2024 Weekly 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
27 June 2024 Weekly 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
25 July 2024 Weekly 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
22 August 2024 Weekly 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
19 September 2024 Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Summer Reserve Online
17 October 2024 Weekly 2 pm 4 pm Summer Reserve Online

“Sexual intercourse began 

In nineteen sixty-three…

Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban

And the Beatles first LP.”

Phillip Larkin, Annus Mirabilis 1967 (pub. 1974)

 

This tour contains frequent and explicit references to recreational drug use and sex. There are also descriptions of scenes of a violent nature.

 

 

Swinging London

London’s achievements in music and fashion during the 1960s reverberated around the world…

This walking tour pays tribute to – and then goes beyond – the world of The Beatles and Mary Quant.

In a walk through three neighbourhoods, zooming-in on the period 1962 to 1968, travelling from from the coldest winter on record (this wouldn’t be England if we didn’t talk about the weather!) to the shimmering Summer of Love. As the walk unfolds, we’ll we’ll see the old boundaries of the class system being blurred like never before.

Cast Of Characters

East End gangsters are rubbing shoulders (and more) with peers of the realm; in Soho they’re sloshing Coca Cola into perfectly good Scotch; they’re dropping their T’s at the BBC and pillars of the establishment are dropping their drawers in shabby Marylebone mews flats. 

Meanwhile, pop singers are invited to Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen. 

Boys’ hair is long, girls’ skirts are short and to be “Far Out” is to be “In”.

The old emblems of Empire and conquest can be acquired and worn for a couple of bob*  in new-fangled “boutiques”. And presiding over it all a portly little socialist from the provincial North.

Somewhere over the wonderful Day-Glo rainbow of Swinging London, we’ll find both the most mythologised, and the most misunderstood period of the century. And we will ask… was it all the work of “Third-rate minds in a third-rate decade”? Or was it truly One Brief Shining Moment?

(*Translation: Bob was the old slang word for a shilling which is about 5p in modern money.)

We will visit…

Marylebone… to see the little back street where 13 years of Conservative government came crashing down amid a scandal of sex and spying; we’ll also get a view of a modern architectural and communications wonder rising to dwarf St Paul’s on the London skyline, like a vast, grey middle finger “saluting” the old order; and we’ll watch as pirates board the BBC.

Mayfair… where the class system is challenged as girls from Neasden and boys from Dartford cosy up with old Etonians and where protestors rampaged in the streets of sleepy London Town. 

Soho… where the Mod gods came out to play and were laid low, along with the mighty, by the swingeing sword of justice.  

 

Politics, Drugs & Showbiz

We’ll span the political spectrum from the Labour government’s decriminalisation of homosexuality, legalisation of abortion and abolition of hanging to Enoch Powell’s infamous Rivers Of Blood speech. As Harold and Ted look on we’ll meet everyone from Mick and Keith to Ron and Reg.

Drugs, the law, fashion, media, politics, race, architecture, class, society, showbiz, protest, music and sex…

If you can remember the 60s… you weren’t there. 

If you can’t remember the 60s… join this NEW walking tour.

Happy walkers in a most unusual (but theme-specific) bar with guide Adam after the tour!

And here’s another reason [David speaking here] you should go on it:

33 reviews for London In The Swinging 60s

  1. Janet Adam

    Highly recommended. Adam is a fantastic guide and I thought the email sent before the walk with photos of all the characters from the 60’s that we were going to find out so much about was a great idea. Thankyou Adam for taking us to the places we would never have found in London without this great guided walk.

  2. Mandy Robotham

    Fabulous tour with Adam, who is hugely knowledgeable and a superb raconteur. I’m a Londoner born and bred but I learned so much about my own home city. Highly recommended.

  3. Viv Hunsworth

    We thoroughly enjoyed the swinging sixties walking tour with Adam last week. Adam is great, he is very knowledgeable,informative, friendly & helpful & his little anecdotes made the walk very interesting.He gave us plenty of opportunity to ask questions & was very considerate on a hot day ensuring we walked in the shade whenever possible. Thanks Adam

  4. Danny Taylor

    Adam never fails! We’ve done a few walks with him and other London Walks guides and they’ve all been informative and entertaining. The swinging 60s walk could easily have gone for another hour, as we didn’t go through Carnaby Street or Soho. (Essentially THE swinging 60s) The walk, through the mewses of the West End were fascinating and Adam, as always told the stories beautifully.

  5. Dale Hayden

    Did our second walk this week with Adam. We are spoiled. Adam sets the bar high for London Walks and doesn’t disappoint. We have done dozens of London Walks and often build our trips around them. Adam was the highlight of this trip. Already planning on returning in two months to find another tour lead by Adam. The walk cover more than expected about the Swinging Sixties. Do this walk and you will not be disappointed.

  6. Linda P

    Informative and fun, especially as we had worked in the area and had known some of the characters that were mentioned. Adam’s knowledge and descriptions, plus the addition of music, brought the whole walk to life. Definitely to be recommended

  7. Øystein Bråthen

    A very interesting and funny walk about music, people and culture in the 60’s. Adam is a really good guide and storyteller.

  8. Sylvia Wier

    Swinging ‘60s was the third tour I have taken over the years that was led by Adam. His tours are an absolute delight. He is informative and funny and he is good about interacting with his group. You can’t go wrong on one of his tours.

  9. Darren Ruston

    A really insightful look into some of the murkier waters of the Swinging 60’s and full of fascinating facts about some of the lesser known movers and shakers, including “Groovy Bob” who sounds like he could have a walk to himself! Adam’s knowledge of his subject combined with his colourful, flamboyant and vivid descriptions of the period make this walk a must, particularly if you have an interest in the culture, people and architecture of the 60’s. Thanks, Adam.

  10. Darren Ruston

    A really insightful look into some of the murkier waters of the Swinging 60’s and full of fascinating facts about some of the lesser known movers and shakers, including “Groovy Bob” who sounds like he could have a walk to himself! Adam’s knowledge of his subject combined with his colourful, flamboyant and vivid descriptions of the period make this walk a must, particularly if you have an interest in the culture, people and architecture of the 60’s. Thanks, Adam.

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