David Bowie Birthday Tour

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David Bowie Birthday Tour

David Bowie would have celebrated his 70th birthday on 8th January 2017.

Join me in London's Soho and discover how this place shaped his career.
Bowie was only 14 when he was first introduced to Soho and its artistic and possibly also seedy places by his older half - brother Terry.
In the 1960s Soho was a creative hub. It was a place where you could get inspired, meet other musicians, agents and journalists, buy your instruments, play gigs, record your music and obviously let your hair loose. Soho was an exciting  place of endless opportunities.  It witnessed Bowie's initial struggle as David Jones and David Bowie and his final success as Ziggy Stardust.
From Denmark Street to Heddon Street we will be celebrating Bowie's Soho on his birthday.

This tour was originally commissioned by Museum of Soho for Record Store Day and a pop up exhibition Bowie's Soho held in April 2016.  The tours were enthusiastically received.
I have recently had a pleasure to deliver this tour for the Editor of The London Visitors. You'll find the article on page 48 in December/January edition.

Tickets are £12 paid on the day. Special offer tickets are £10. Tour starts at 2pm and lasts about 1 hour 45 minutes. To book your place and for further details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Time for Soho 24 #Soho24

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Time for Soho 24 #Soho24

Why would anyone voluntarily deprive themselves of sleep in order to spend 24 hours in Soho?

The idea of Soho 24 came to me one evening in a pub in 2014. You must know that feeling when you're enjoying yourself in an excellent company until you realise that unless you leave right now, you will miss your last train home?  A thought occurred to me that once a year I would love to stay in Soho day and night. I would like to explore new places, revisit those corners I love, meet people and celebrate this exciting area of London.

Soho in particular and London in general has been changing dramatically. Since the 1st Soho 24 in autumn 2014 we have seen the closure of Madame Jojo's, 12 Bar Club, the Stockpot, and that tiny corner coffee house called 34B... Kettner's has been covered with scaffolding and is awaiting new future while the sign on Italian restaurant Da Aldo currently says 'closed for refurbishment'. The fate of Berwick Street market and Curzon cinema is uncertain.

Soho 24 is first of all about creating memories about Soho we love before some of our favourite places and people are gone... It's about celebrating Soho,  its past and its present, iconic places and real Sohoites.

I will stay awake for 24 hours thanks to great company of my friends, exciting adventures, loads of best coffee available in Soho and hopefully some fantastic drinks consumed in moderation...

Please join me and my Soho 24 team on Twitter and Instagram and follow the hashtag #Soho24 from 3pm on Friday 29th July till 3pm on Saturday 30th July. This is our 3rd Soho 24 and this year we have a theme: 1940s Soho. You can read about our previous adventures here in the blog.

Share our tweets/posts to enter a draw and win a private tour of your choice in London with me or one of the lovely gifts donated by Soho places and individuals. Your comments are most welcome but please don't forget to add #Soho24.

I would love to thank the following businesses and individuals for donating prizes and for their support:

Bar Italia

My Place

author Clayton Littlewood

Gem Bar Soho

Museum of Soho

Soho Society

British Record Shop Archives


David Bowie in Soho charity tour

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David Bowie in Soho charity tour

On the 10th September I will be rowing 8.5 miles with my fantastic team Buoys & Gulls for The AHOY Centre based in Deptford. This charity is working with vulnerable, disadvantaged young people and disabled people. 8.5 miles is a big challenge considering that I have never touched an oar in my life before... We are looking forward to our training in August.

Please help us reach our target of £1,800.

On Sunday 24th July I'm offering my David Bowie in Soho walk as a charity tour. A suggested donation per person is £10. I'm also available for discounted private charity tours from £30. Finally, we are organising a Charity Night in Twickenham with DJ and prizes. This event will be held on Saturday evening 27th August. Tickets are £5 per person.

Oarsome Challenges

Please have a look at our JustGiving donation page and get in touch via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or text at 07757 630 823 to book your place and receive further details.

Royal Chelsea Exhibition

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Royal Chelsea Exhibition

In Chelsea you always walk in the footsteps of kings and queens.

At Royal Chelsea exhibition held by The Chelsea Society you can explore the history dating back to the days of Mercian King Offa in 785. You will find a fascinating miscellany of facts and stories and even royal rumours that spam many centuries. Learn about kings and queens, royal mistresses and physicians, Henry VIII 's manor house, The Royal Hospital founded by Charles II, King's Road and Royal Avenue... Discover artists who painted kings and a photographer who was given an exclusive access to royal family. Learn about the boy who milked the cows for Queen Victoria ' s morning cup of tea. Read about an eccentric miser who left a fortune to Queen Victoria. Those are just a few of many fascinating stories waiting for you at this free exhibition. Don't miss the interactive map which provides further information and beautifully complements the information boards. Finally, enter a prize draw to win a Royal Chelsea hamper courtesy of Partridge.


Royal Chelsea
till 26th June 2016
11am - 7pm daily
Duke of York Square,
King's Road SW

The exhibition poster by Luke Martineau
Royal Map by Sarah Brainwood

Bowie's Soho

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Bowie's Soho

by Mosoho

Museum of Soho will be hosting a "Pop Up" exhibition in collaboration with The British Record Shop Archive, highlighting "Bowie's Soho" as part of Record Store Day, 35 Beak St from 14-21 April.

David Bowie's love of music was nurtured by record shops in suburban Bromley where he frequented three shops: Medhurst's department shop, Roberston's music shop and Furlong's, a record shop where he briefly worked as a Saturday boy.

When David Jones - as he was still known then - moved into Soho as a teenager with dreams of stardom he continued to frequent record shops with Dobell's jazz, blues and folk shop on Charing Cross Road & HMV's Oxford Street shop being his favourites. Young David Jones would visit various record shops in the UK to promote his debut 45. Throughout his life he spoke fondly of the London record shops that helped shape his sound and vision.

Book your tickets for Bowie's Soho tour with Nika Garrett

15th April 7pm

17th April 2pm