Annual event Retrofestival in Berkshire in August. 




Amusement Park-Alton Towers

London Gig Guide here.

Garage Gigs get on the list at Dirty Waters Records list before you go.  Seriously the one thing you can do to find out all your garage rock show needs.

Annual Festival for Mods-Le Beat Bespoke with nearby inexpensive hotels.  Le Beat Bespoke also links to other events.

IBIS hotels is a chain of Inexpensive hotels.  Recommended areas to stay: Kings Cross has Loads of places to eat and drink. Same with Clerkenwell. And you’re near to Camden too. Buses into town are good from there.

Garagerock party in Camdem, Garageland.  

Find out about gigs from NME‘s website.  Also try MI5.  For info on UK comedy events, go to  Someone has a cool uk photoblog that may inspire your trip.  Also try London View.

This is really cool.  The Vintage Guide to London has parties through the decades.
Club Classic Death Disco, Wednesday Nights started by BP Fallon at The Notting Hill Arts Club.  Another indie pop night is every other Wednesday outside of London called Bitterscene.   At The Bassment located at: 16 Wells Street, Chelmsford, Essex, about an hour from London.  The former club the end is now The Den and Centro-18 West Central Street, Holborn, London, WC1A 1JJ (020) 7240 1083
More Clubs
Buffalo Bar-259 Upper St, N1 1RU London, United Kingdom
Great list of  London record shops at this site.
Tate Gallery has locations throughout England and has really great  stuff.  It is one of those Suggested donation kinds of places.
The Last Tuesday Society & The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities-11 Mare Street, E8 4RS London, United Kingdom
The Alnwick Garden-Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU-Garden of Poison Plants.
Highgate Cemetary-Swain’s Ln, Highgate, London N6 6PJ, UK-Buriel place of Karl Marx and Douglas Adams and Michael Farraday, who did lots of things with Electricity.
Horniman Museum -opened in 1901 -Features many different sections including a collection of Musical Instruments.  100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, UK
Crystal Palace Dinosaurs-13 Orchard Grove, London SE20 8DN, UK-Outdoor collection of Dinosaur sculptures from the 1850s, now believed to be very inaccurate.
Read up in Time Out for all the up to date club listings, etc.  Clubs in London, like clubs everywhere have limited lifespans so putting them in print here is kind of pointless. You can pick up a copy of Time out when you arrive, though picking up a copy of NME before you go will inform you of all the bigger shows.  

Where to Stay: London is a pricey when it comes to lodging and almost everything else. And there is a hefty Value Added Tax (VAT). 

Cheaper hotels include the Crescent Hotel at 49-50 Cartwright Gardens in Bloomsbury, the Abbey House at 11 Vicarage Gate 
in Kensington and the Elizabeth at 37 Eccleston Square in Westminster.  
Where to Eat:  
Theres a local burger chain called Dirty Burger with several locations in the cooler areas of town, including a location in Exmouth Market. They have onion rings too.
One of the better examples of local fare is shepherd’s pie. A concoction of mashed potatoes, stewed minced lamb, vegetables and sometimes cheese. The place to get this is one of the pubs throughout the city such as The Cow on Westbourne Park Road in Notting Hill. If you want a quick bite for lunch or dinner and don’t want American fast food, pubs are generally your safest bet.    
One local fast food chains is Wagamama, a noodle place.  Sticky Fingers is owned by the Rolling Stones Bill Wyman and has burgers and stones memorabilia on the walls, like Brian Jones Guitar.
Nightlife: in addition to the  neighborhood pub,the club scene is also alive and well, and there are plenty of choices. Some of the most popular are Bar Rumba near Piccadilly Circus, and Dogstar and the Fridge, a short tube ride away in Brixton. 
Big Red-“US-style rock bar” 385 Holloway Rd, London N7 0RY, UK +44 20 7609 6662
clubs-cargo–   The Pleasure Unit- Nambucca
London’s hottest bars and clubs are for members only so hitting the hottest spots can be a risky endeavor. There are still a number of good places to try without the hassle.
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The Purple Bar is inside Ian Schrager’s London hotel, Sanderson. If you’re not a hotel guest, get there really early — because the bar is normally for members only.  Everything
is expensive ($10 or more a drink). Sanderson,  50 Berners Street; (44-207) 300-1444. Free admission. 
For some dancing while you drink, go to the Notting Hill Arts Club. For a younger crowd the club has D.J.’s spinning house and garage music to early morning, with a different theme each night. In the basement, the club seems a bit grungy, but attracts a very attractive clientele. And it’s not impossible to get past the bouncer. The Notting Hill Arts Club,  19 Notting Hill Gate, (44-207) 460-4459. Admission, $4.35 before 8 p.m., $7.25 after. 
If you want to dance all night, go to a club like China White, near Soho, or Heaven, north of Piccadilly Circus. It will be helpful to get on the guest list for either place. You can try calling ahead. A concierge at a trendy hotel can help, too. Both are multifloor clubs that go all night. 
China White,  6 Air Street, (44-207) 343- 0040. Closed Sunday.
Admission, $21.75. 
Heaven,  Under the Arches off Villiard Street, near Charing Cross Station; (44-207) 930-2020. Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Admission, $1.50 to $17.50.
The Book Club-100-106 Leonard Street  London EC2A 4RH, United Kingdom
020 7684 8618-lots of awesome events, like a 78 rpm record night, the big ten inch. Plus neat lectures.  Kind of like every Park Slope NY event rolled into one.


Live Music-
Hackney Trashbar-175B Stoke Newington Road, London, GB. Lots of Garage and rockabilly
The Electric Ballroom-Camden town.184 Camden high Street, London TELEPHONE- 0207 4859006
London Astoria-157 Charing Cross Road
The Metro-19-23 oxford st, london-indie rock bands

Camden Underworld -The Camden Underworld is a music venue in Camden Town,in the basement of the World’s End pub, : 174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE, United Kingdom Phone: +44 20 7482 1932

Oslo -Restaurant and club in former railway station. 1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL, UK: +44 20 3553 4831

The 100 club, 100 oxford Street, London
The New Cross Inn-Art house rock’n’roll boozer hangout, popular with friendly people. A breeding ground for cool talent.
Open 12pm to 2am (to midnight on Sundays)
Free Entry or arrive early and stay in for free! Below a backpackers hostel.
The subway stops running at midnight. Your only choices after that, until about 5:30 a.m, when it resumes service, are a bus or taxi. Both are hard to come by in the early morning hours, and gypsy cabs are not a good idea. The easiest way to ensure a ride home is to take the telephone number of an authorized radio taxi company with you. 
Around the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street – on Hanway Street there are a number of used record stores. In Soho you will find Sister Ray (no.94) which are particularly strong on indie, Reckless Records (no.30) is good for quality mainstream. 

Record Stores-


Intoxica Records @ (back of Pleasuresof Past Times) : 11 Cecil Ct, London WC2N 4EZ,Closed Sunday and Monday Rare Vinyl; psychedelia, exotica and jazz . 
Rhythm Records 
281 Camden High Street, NW1 (020 7267 0123) 
Camden Town tube. Open 10.30am-6.30pm Mon-Wed; 10.30am-7pm Thur, Fri; 10.30am-7.30pm Sat, Sun. Another great shopping street. indie music: hardcore punk, 1960s psychedelia, electronic. 
Rough Trade 
Notting Hill Gate tube. Open 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; 1-5pm Sun. Also at 16 Neal’s Yard, WC2 (020 7240 0105). Simply the best of everything indie and great mail order too.  Order up a copy of their exclusive Ursula 1000 7 inch.
Sarah Cracknell is the lead singer of Saint Etienne and a hipster travel icon.  Here are her picks for her favorite restaurants in London from a magazine article:
Sarah Cracknell’s  favourite restaurants-From 2000 so call to check if they are still open
Julie’s, 137 Portland Road W11 Tel 020 7727 7985
Tube: Holland Park This is my favourite. It’s been there since the Seventies, and the decor is really eclectic. The staff are friendly but not over familiar, so you feel relaxed but never intimidated. The food’s always good – they change the menu quite often, and they have a great wine list.
The Belvedere, Holland House, off Abbotsbury Road W8 Tel 020 7602 1238
Tube: High Street Kensington / Holland Park
Holland Park’s beautiful anyway, so this is a really nice place for sunday lunch. It’s got high ceilings and lot’s of greenery, and they’ve recently changed the menu – Modern European with a bit of Pacific Rim.
North Pole, 13-15 North Pole Road W10 Tel 020 8964 9384
Tube: Ladbroke Grove  This is my local gastro pub. It can get a bit loud, as there are decks in one of the rooms, but the surroundings are really nice. I take my mum here when she comes to visit, and it’s good if someone drops in unannounced, as it’s actually on the street where I live.
Star of Bombay, 157 Westbourne Grove W11 Tel 020 7229 6096
Tube: Notting Hill  This is my regular Indian, but the quality of cooking is better than your average flock-wallpapered joint – they do a very good taka dahl. 

Live Music-The Black Heart-Camden, Black Heart is a Music Pub with an edge.

2-3 Greenland Place  London, Greater London NW1 0AP, United Kingdom



Music Venue-The Fighting Cocks Kingston -Bar and alternative music venue. 56 Old London Road, Kingston-upon-Thames. Ph. 0208 974 6469





Legoland Windsor-Park located just outside of London.
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
Attraction-Bekonscot is the oldest model village in the world, or so it claims.  Very close to alton towers and london.
Bedford, UK
Esquires-60A Bromham Road
MK40 2QG
Blackpool, England
One of my favorite places in England.  Its like Miami Beach and Las Vegas had a baby.  There is an Eiffel tower replica too.
The Rebellion festival is a punk festival that happens there, next slated for August 3-6, 2017
Amusement Park-
Blackpool Pleasure Beach-Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, Tel: 01253 341033
Virtual Blackpool.
Amusement Park-
Blackpool Pleasure Beach-Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, Tel: 01253 341033
Brighton, UK
The Great Escape Festival is a major three-day music festival held in Brighton and Hove, England every year in May.
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – 9-12 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL, UK +44 1273 749465-Lots of great rock and soul events, shows and DJs.
The Joker Brighton-2 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF, UK  +44 1273 675769
Bristol, UK
Live Music-
The Fleece -Established venue for live indie music gigs in a former Victorian wool hall
Address: 12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJ, United Kingdom
Exchange ?-3-level indie nightclub and live music venue : 72-73 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ, UK: +44 117 930 4538
Carlisle, England
Local Tourist Site.
The Carlisle Sands Centre featuring all kinds of Live music and DJ events.  
Live Music-
Jacksons says it is Carlisles only live music club, though there is also a club called the Mercury Lounge.


Amusement Park-
Thorpe Park is a theme park with a temporary hotel in between the towns of Chertsey and Staines, Surrey, England, UK.Staines Rd, Chertsey KT16 8PN, United Kingdom

Chesington, England (ten miles from London)
Amusement Park-
Chessington World of Adventures -Theme Park Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 871 663 4477 Kiddie park
Derbyshire, England
Amusement Park-
The American Adventure-Park with lots of coasters.
East Sussex, England
Eats-Brighton Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, Brighton Marina, West Quay, East Sussex, BN2 5UF  Tel: 01273 819053-a floating chinese restaurant

Edinburgh, uk

Live Music-Studio 24, 24-26 Calton Road. Edinburgh EH8 8DP.

Great Yarmouth, UK
Amusement Parks
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach since 1909-
Amusement park in Great Yarmouth, England
The Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth is a historic free entry pleasure park located in the seaside resort town of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on the English east coast. The park first opened in 1909 and has been operating ever since. S Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3EH, United Kingdom +44 1493 844585
Joyland-Joyland is a historic free entry amusement park located in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, onthe coast of East Anglia. The theme park opened in 1949 on the site of the former Anchor Gardens next to Britannia Pier.Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 2EH, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1493 844094
Ingoldmills, England (near Skegness, I’m sure that helps)
Amusement Park-
The Magical World of Fantasy Island-Sea Lane, Ingoldmills-Park with a few mega coasters
Leeds, England
Live Music-
Brudenell Social Club-Old working man’s club with 1950s decor hosting up and coming bands.
Address: 33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds LS6 1NY, United Kingdom
Hours: Open today · 12–11PM
Phone: +44 113 275 2411
Leicester, England
Live Music-
Princess Charlotte, 8 Oxford Road, Leicester Tel: 0116 255 3956
Liverpool, UK (updated Oct 2016)
Arts Hall-Foundation for Art and Creative Technology
FACT is a new media arts centre based on Wood Street in Liverpool, England. FACT hosts art projects and exhibitions as well as being a cinema. 88 Wood St, Liverpool L1, United Kingdom Phone: +44 151 707 4444
Live Music-
Kazimier Garden –
Cool split-level venue staging an eclectic programme of live bands and club nights.: 4-5 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool L1 4JJ, United Kingdom
Moose Coffee Liverpool, 6 Dale St, L2 4TQ -0151 227 4880 “american style breakfasts” mini chain.
Moon and Pea Deli ?-95 Lark Ln, Liverpool L17 8UP, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 151 728 8565 Deli/Store dine in or take out a picnic
Lowestoft, England
Amusement Park-
Pleasurewood Hills -Theme park in Lowestoft, England
Pleasurewood Hills is a theme park on a 59-acre site between Corton and Gunton, near Lowestoft, Suffolk. The park contains attractions including four roller coasters.Leisure Way, Lowestoft NR32 5DZ, United Kingdom
Manchester, UK
Manchester 24/7 lists places open late!
Shopping-Afflecks- 52 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PW United Kingdom- vintage and punk and vintage mall
The Night and Day Café – local and international bands,and food- 26 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN, UK Weekends til 4 am, weekdays 2 am, Sunday til 10:30 +44 161 236 1822
Margate, UK

Amusement Park-

Dreamland Margate Dreamland Margate is an amusement park, entertainment and amusement centre located in Margate, Kent, England. 49-51 Marine Terrace, Margate CT9 1XJ, United Kingdom has a vintage scenic railway
Newcastle on Tyne, UK
The Cluny ?-split-level live music venue and bar in former bottling plant, hosting up-and-coming acts. 36 Lime St, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 191 230 4474

North Yorkshire, England

Amusement Park-
Flamingo Land is a theme park, zoo, and resort located in North Yorkshire, England. Wikipedia
Address: Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX, United Kingdom

Norwich, UK

Clubs-The Owl Sanctuary: 7A Timber Hill, Norwich NR1 3JZ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 7779 542010 Coffeehouse/venue

Nottingham, UK
THE DOGHOUSE -Live music venue in Carlton, England 91-93 Carlton Hill, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1FP, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 871 210 2040


Amusement Park-
Paultons Family Theme Park -is located in the village of Ower, near Romsey, in Hampshire, England. The theme park has 70 rides and attractions.
Address: Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL, United Kingdom

Oxford, England
Live Music-
The Zodiac-190 COWLEY ROAD OXFORD 01865 420042

Pembrokeshire, Wales

Amusement Park-
Oakwood Theme Park ?-Theme park in Wales
Oakwood Theme Park is a theme park in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Oakwood opened in the late 1980s as a very small family park with BMXs, a wooden fort, a 3D-style cinema experience show, go-karts and a water chute ride.Canaston Bridge, Narberth SA67 8DE, United Kingdom

Portsmouth, England
Live Music-
Wedgewood Rooms-1478 Alberta Road-Portsmouth
Ripon, Enland
Amusement Park-
Lightwater Valley-home of one of the more unusual coasters, the Ultimate.
Sheffield, England
Live Music-
The Leadmill-6-7 Leadmill Road, Sheffield
Somerset, England
Amusement Park-
Brean Leisure Park-Coast Road, Brean Sands, Somerset-small family park

Southend-on-Sea, England

Amusement Park-
Adventure Island -Amusement park in Southend-on-Sea, England
Adventure Island is a free-admission amusement park in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK which has 32 rides, a gift shop, and catering outlets. Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, United Kingdom +44 1702 443400

Tamworth,  Staffordshire
Amusement Park
Drayton Manor Amusement Park-Another Mega park worth a visit.
Visit the hotel complex made famous in the tv series “The Prisoner”.  The Portmeirion Hotel, home to an annual Prisoner convention.
Local tourist site with info on goings on around town, including events at the Whitehaven Civic hall, where touring bands play.  Going out in Whitehaven.  Bands play at the Rosehill Theater.













Cadbury World, in Bournville, near Birmingham, England, has exhibits on the history and production of chocolate, and allows visitors to tour a section of the packaging plant. Admission is about $20, at $1.92 to the pound. Reservations are required: (44-121) 451 4159 
















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