Meet your expert guide and set off to the historic city of Cambridge, just over an hour away from London and the hometown of Pink Floyd. From the comfort of your luxury minivan, see the early homes of band members David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Syd Barrett before they ‘made it big’ in London. Pass numerous gig sites while your guide gives you the lowdown on the cutting-edge band’s early days.
On a walking tour of Cambridge, stroll along the city’s cobbled streets, admiring the elegantly traditional architecture around the city center. Your guide will talk about the character of this quintessentially British city, renowned for its prestigious university and river punting.
Stop outside Cambridge University, and explore inside at your own expense if you wish. Alternatively, explore more of the city on your own, perhaps grabbing lunch at one of the local restaurants (own expense).
Travel back to London for the afternoon to see some more Pink Floyd sites, as well as a few other pop culture locations. Head straight to colorful Notting Hill , a lively corner of west London that epitomizes everything cool about the capital, with bohemian shops, expensive homes and fashionable markets. See the Tabernacle building where Pink Floyd played gigs in the 1990s, and see sights from Notting Hill, the hit movie starring Hugh Grant.
Venture northeast to Islington, one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods, to see Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row studios, and then head west to Abbey Rad to stop outside the Beatles’ former recording studios. Have a go at re-creating their famous Abbey Road album cover by walking across the street's zebra crossing.
The last site of your day is 18th-century Alexandra Palace, another gig site of Pink Floyd, affectionately known to locals as ‘Ally Pally.’ Built on top of a hill in Alexandra Park, the palace boasts the some of the best city views that only an insider would know! Walk around the park and enjoy the spectacular views before returning to central London.
Alongside notable natives like actor Stephen Fry and author Evelyn Waugh, the Village of Hampstead has been a magnet for notables, artists, and celebrities since the 19th century. This is just a short list:
Among the legions of writers and authors we count Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, D H Lawrence, John le Carré, Martin Amis, P. L. Travers (Mary Poppins), T.S. Eliot, Ian Fleming, John Fowles, Aldous Huxley, A.A. Milne, George Orwell, Robert Louis Setevnson, H.G. Wells, and a nearly complete set of major Romatic poets: Lord Byron, Percy Bysse Shelly, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and John Keats (whose Hampstead home is now a museum).
Musicians Sting, Ozzy Osnourne, Paul Robeson, Boy George, Liam Gallagher (of Oasis), and Hary Styles (of One Direction) all have called Hampstead home.
Artists John Constable, Lucien Freud, Walter Gropius, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Piet Mondrian, George Romney, and the architect George Gilbert Scott have lived here, as did psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and his daughter Anna Freud.
Hampstead was home to both the the famed adventurer and diplomat Sir Richard Burton (famous for his English translations of One Thousand And One Nights/Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra), and the famed Welsh actor who took his name, Richard Burton.
Other actors folowed: Peter Cook, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Palin, Elizabeth Taylor, Helena Bonham Carter, Ricky Gervais, Judy Garland, Jeremy Irons, Peter, O'Toole, and James Corden, plus director Ridley Scott.
However, in 2015 Cumberbatch and his wife moved just east to Dartmouth Park, and celeb power couples Tim Burton/Helena Bonham-Carter and Gwyneth Paltrtow/Chris Martin (pre-divorce) decamped just south nearby Belsize Park along with James Corden (who then moved Stateside to take over The Late Late Show) and Cameron Diaz. Are Hampstead's glory days as the Beverly Hills of London over?