6 places in West London that every Rolling Stones fan needs to visit

March 29, 2018
Keith Richards

This was originally a post on The Carouser, a 60s music magazine.

Hopping onto a postbox red bus that strolls through Chelsea and peering earnestly out of the window at places where The Beatles hang out, may seem like a thing of the past. But, discovering your favourite band’s past world is possible. Music Heritage London has a range of ’60s bus tours that explore the city through kaleidoscope eyes. The Carouser jumped on the Rolling Stones & Beatles In West London tour and uncovered a whole new side to the city.


Richmond Athletic Ground

The ground is home to what was once known as the National Jazz & Blues Festival (now called Reading Festival). Launching in the early ’60s, the event is now one of the oldest running festivals. This ground has been graced by such acts as The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds and so much more.

Twickenham Rd, Richmond TW9 2SF

Twickenham Studios

 The Twickenham Studios is famous for producing The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night and Help. The band also used the studios whilst rehearsing for Let It Be and for a promotional film for Hey Jude. Despite being over 100 years old, the studio is still fully operational.

The Barons, Twickenham Studios, Twickenham TW1 2AW

The Wick

Ronnie Wood bought The Wick as his home back in 1971. A friend and party animal Keith Richards lived in the coach house for several months between ’73-’74. Ronnie once held a jam session here with David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This session inspired the song ‘It’s Only Rock N Roll (But I Like It)’.

Richmond Hill

Eel Pie Island
All Photography By Mandy Morello

Eel Pie Island

This island is rich in musical history, from jazz to hard rock. People all over the city flocked to the island to visit the music hall which became a haven for young music fans. This attracted a young Mick Jagger to Eel Pie’s shores where he performed many times. Sadly the venue closed down and the island became privatised. The only way to access the island is by boat or by a single footbridge.


The Crawdaddy Club

The Crawdaddy Club is the place where The Rolling Stones met The Beatles. Now known as One Kew Road, the club hosted The Rolling Stones’ first residency and show. The rest is history.

1 Kew Rd, Richmond TW9 2NQ

Olympic Studios

Olympic is a recording studio, favoured by both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as well as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. The Rolling Stones first single ‘Come On’ and The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ were both recorded here. Although the studio shares an equally historic background as Abbey Road Studios, Olympic has had hardly any promotion but is still thankfully open today.

117-123 Church Rd, Barnes, London SW13 9HL

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