Rock Cab Tours and K West Hotel & Spa, two rock ‘n’ roll institutions, have collaborated to create the ultimate rock experience in London: The Rock Tour + Tea.
Get straight into the thick of 70s and 80s London, travelling around the city in a traditional black taxi. The ‘Rock & Roll Cabbie’, Stephen Channell, will chauffeur you and your fellow musos around the sights and shrines to rock and music legends. Stops along the way include Abbey Road Studios and the unforgettable zebra crossing; the former home of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury; the location of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album cover; and Jimi Hendrix’s sixties Mayfair flat.
A veteran of the music industry, Stephen spent 25 years working at Warner Music and the BBC. As he drives around the capital, Stephen stops at all the important locations to explain why this location goes down in rock history – as well as making sure you get the all-important selfie or group photo on the Abbey Road zebra crossing!
K West Hotel & Spa, the former BBC Recording Studio ‘Kensington House’, is a landmark of musical history in West London. An endless list of rock ‘n’ roll royalty have stayed, played and misbehaved at K West – Bob Marley and The Wailers, Bowie, The Kinks and Roxy Music to name a few. The stylish hotel’s ‘Glam Rock Afternoon Tea’ pays tribute to the hotel’s heritage in a playful way: served on vintage record covers, with electric blue and pink teapots and teacups replacing the usual Bone China.
The ‘Rock Tour + Tea’ package includes overnight accommodation in one of K West’s plush Executive Guestrooms with full English Breakfast in the stylish Studio Kitchen the next morning, Glam Rock Afternoon Tea and the two-hour Rock Cab Tour. The overnight package is priced at £315 based on two people sharing. For four people, a second room can be booked at £195 for two extra guests.
For Londoners looking to spend an afternoon, but not the night, the Glam Rock Afternoon Tea and Tour is available without an overnight stay for £211 for four people. Both packages are bookable only when requested via phone or email.
Since opening as a hotel in 2001, K West Hotel & Spa has continued to strike a chord with musicians, who often stay whilst playing at nearby music venues O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and the Apollo. K West is also a Bushstock Festival venue and hosts ‘K West Live’, a monthly live gig which is free to attend. K West Live is on the third Thursday of every month (Thurs 19 April, Thurs 17 May, Thurs 21 June).