London People: Freddie Mercury – Top 10 West End Haunts

The Soul City Wanderer hunts out 10 places in London’s West End where Queen and Freddie Mercury could have been spotted back in their heyday.

Just magical!
  1. Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue WC2: The video for A Kind of Magic was filmed here. 
  2. Heaven: Under the Arches, Villiers Street, WC2. Freddie’s favourite London nightclub haunt back in the 1980s.
  3. Lyceum Ballroom: Catherine Street WC2: Queen played here during their Crazy Tour on December 13th, 1979.
  4. Gillian Lynne Theatre: 166 Drury Lane WC2: The video for We Are The Champions was filmed here, followed by a concert on October 6th, 1977.
  5. Marquee Club: 90 Wardour Street W1: Queen played at the ‘original’ Marquee in January 1971 among other occasions.
  6. Trident Sound Studios: 17 St. Anne’s Court W1: Queen recorded most of their first two albums Queen and Queen II here.
  7. Associated Independent Recording Studios: 214 Oxford Street. Queen recorded most of their third album Sheer Heart Attack here.
  8. Advision Studios: 23 Gosfield Street, W1: Queen recorded most of their Flash Gordon album here. 
  9. Dominion Theatre: Tottenham Court Road W1. Freddie’s last live performance was in the Time musical here on April 14th, 1988. Later, it became the venue for the hit Queen musical We Will Rock You.
  10. Hyde Park: Queen played a famous huge, free gig here on September 18th 1976.

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Soul City Wanderer is the alias of London journalist and author Frank Molloy, a writer on the city’s history and culture. Born south of the river, he has an MA in London history (Birkbeck) and lectures at various institutions including the Museum of London and the National Portrait Gallery. He is also a fully-qualified Blue Badge Guide (MITG), Westminster Guide and City of London Guide.

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