Roll up, roll up for the journey to the capital’s most famous Magical Mystery Tour,” yells Paul McCartney over the speakers on the top deck of the 1965 Routemaster bus.

The opening bars of the Beatles’ hit lull me into trance-like state as we set off from the Hard Rock Cafe in Mayfair.

Meanwhile, ex-Radio Caroline DJ Tony Prince has grabbed the microphone off my tour guide Adam to serenade fellow radio personality Mike Read with a rendition of Donovan’s Mellow Yellow.

In stitches of laugher, I just manage to peel myself away from this bizarre scene to catch a glimpse of the former site of London’s first psychedelic boutique, Granny Takes A Trip, on the Kings Road in Chelsea – one of the epicentres of 1960s London.

I’m taking part in Music Heritage London’s (MHL) Swinging 60s London bus tour, an hour-long journey to the capital’s most famous music venues and locations.

Once the playground of socialites, actors and rock stars, London was the hip hub of the Swinging 60s musical and cultural revolution.

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[blogger’s note – I do the Beatles and Stones in West London tour every Sunday!]


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