A run around London's musical houses

Now for the pièce de résistance in our Nike routes hat trick. If you’ve got the energy in you to run a few more miles, why not try our Homes Of Your Heroes map. Totalling six miles, this run will take you past the houses of some of London’s most legendary musicians. These legends are Jimmy Page, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon. Each home contains a slice of musical history.

Jimmy Page – The Tower House, 29 Melbury Road
Page bought the Tower House in the mid-seventies. The building was designed by Victorian architect William Burges. Page commented “it’s Burges’ attention to detail that is so fascinating”.

Freddie Mercury – 1 Logan Place, Kensington
Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, lived here before his death in 1991. The door is covered in graffiti messages by fans from around the world.

David Bowie – 89 Oakley Street
Bowie lived here from 1973 – 1974. It was around the time of the coal miners’ strike. Wanting to know what being in a coal mine would be like, Bowie painted everything in the house completely black.

Keith Richards – 3 Cheyne Walk
Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg, mother of three of his children, moved here in 1969. One morning Keith awoke to find half of the Chelsea Drug Squad in his bedroom.

Jimi Hendrix – 23 Brook Street
Brook Street homed at least two legendary musicians. Composer Handel lived there from 1685. Years later in 1968 Jimi Hendrix moved in next door at number 23.

John Lennon – 34 Montagu Square
John Lennon and Yoko Ono shared their first home at 34 Montagu Square. This flat is the scene of the naked cover to their album Two Virgins.

Words by Emily Anderton and Brian Murnin

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