Thursday, 14 April 2016

#plaque366 #Hendrix in Kingly Street


April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 


The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!


DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series




Hendrix in Kingly Street…


Tucked away behind Carnaby Street, Kingly Street was once a hidden, "backstage" area for the tailoring trade on nearby Savile Row.

The 60s changed all that. With the arrival of John Stephen, the famous Glasgow-born gents outfitter – the man who introduced Levi jeans to these islands – and his empire of clothes shops, Carnaby Street became world famous in the 1960s.

With musicians featuring among the high-spending clientele, it was only a matter of time before they started socialising nearby, too.

The Bag O Nails provided food and drink as well as live music. Perhaps the most famous purveyor of the latter is…






A second plaque on the modern Bag O Nails relates that Paul McCartney met his first wife Linda here.

The name Bag O’ Nails is not uncommon in the world of English pubs. Legend has it that the name is a corruption of “Bacchanals” – the rites and festivals enacted in honour of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. It is more likely, however, that the name derives from a sign once used by ironmongers.











With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.


To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!


A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!



A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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