Denmark Street in Soho is the street in the capital most associated with music, namely jazz, rhythm & blues and pop. It is known as London’s Tin Pan Alley because of it’s fascinating connection with popular music, musicians and song-writing. Any short term apartment rentals London close to Charing Cross Road and it’s surroundings has London’s cultural heart right outside the door.
Guitars and Music Shops
Denmark Street contains the most music shops in London, (mostly guitars these days), but this is the place to head to for anything and everything music related. Many famous (and infamous!) musicians recorded, played or bought their instruments on Denmark Street. The wonderful display of guitars hanging in many of the shop windows is a sight worth seeing, even if you don’t plan to buy one.
It’s London’s Tin Pan Alley.
Running off Charing Cross Road, Denmark Street is one of the few streets in London with terraced facades on both sides of the road. Denmark Place is a small courtyard at the back of the street. The street supplied sheet music to the public already in Victorian Times as music publishers had moved here in order to supply the musicians working in the nearby theatres and concert halls. It was in the 1920’s that it became known as Tin Pan Alley. Low rents of the day attracted struggling artists and musicians, and soon Denmark Street became known for it’s shops, music publishers, studios and venues for musicians.
Charing Cross Road and Books.
Denmark Street is a side road to Charing Cross Road, which is just as iconic and stuffed with cultural atmosphere as Soho itself. There are some good pubs and bars to be found in this part of central London and you are within strolling distance of the entire West End, making it the ideal location for short term apartment rentals London. Charing Cross Road’s well known connection and history with books can still be felt today. World famous Foyles Bookshop is still going strong, and there are some good second hand bookshops to browse in.
Elton John wrote a song here.
Come and hang out here and imagine the thousands of young musical hopeful’s of the past walking to Denmark Street to see who they may bump into there. Imagine the young and beautiful Rolling Stone’s turning up, ciggies dangling jauntily from their lips, eager to record their first album. Elton John apparently wrote his much loved Your Song here. Rock on, Denmark Street…the record labels may have changed music forever, but on this particular Soho side-street, the heart of the song-writer still beats beautifully in time.
Read our Soho area guide to find out more about the many delights of this popular part of central London and why it is so sought after. We have a great little selection of short term apartment rentals London to choose from in this conveniently central location with so much to recommend it.