Sunday, 11 June 2017

#London Walks Walk of the Week: The #PinkFloyd In London Walking Tour


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Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.





You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.





But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…






The Pink Floyd London Walk

Saturday 17th June 2017

10.45a.m Meet at Leicester Square tube (exit 1, by Wyndham's Theatre)

Guided by Adam




Have a cigar, you're gonna go far... This is Pink Floyd's London.

Architecture students Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright met at Regent Street Polytechnic in the early 60s. 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.

PRACTICALS

Pink Floyd's London takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, June 17. The meeting point is just outside exit 1 (by Wyndham's Theatre) of Leicester Square Tube. Bring an Oyster Card because we'll travel from the West End to South Kensington via the London Underground. The walk ends near the V & A where Their Mortal Remains, the Pink Floyd exhibition is taking place.


The Pink Floyd London Walk

Saturday 17th June 2017

10.45a.m Meet at Leicester Square tube (exit 1, by Wyndham's Theatre)



Guided by Adam


About Your Guide…

Adam

Arts journalist and tour guide, Adam edits The Daily Constitutional and leads the Rock'n'Roll London tours for London Walks. He is the writer and illustrator of the Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book…


… and adds live music to his Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk on Wednesday nights



His 12 favourite Syd Barrett songs can be found on this playlist…




Online booking is available for this walk…






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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