The Perfect Soundtrack for a Trip to London

by Steve Alexander

London is one of the world's greatest cities. Steeped in history, culture and entertainment, England's capital provides a fantastic getaway, even if it's just for a weekend. There are plenty of bargains to be found too, with many hotels in London to choose from, ranging from budget to luxury, and transport around the city is relatively cheap.

Not only is London the spiritual home of rock and pop, it also provides the backdrop for a number of famous songs too. Because of this, many people around the world believe London to be the pre-eminent location for music. When you're next visiting the city, here are the best tracks to add to your music player.

The eponymous track from The Clash's best-known album, London Calling, captures the vibe of London perfectly. Sure, the lyrics may encompass the band's politically-conscious punk ethic, but it doesn't detract from the quintessential Britishness that was running through London during the 1970s.

'Streets of London' is a song based on Ralph McTell's experiences playing music and rambling across Europe. It was first recorded by McTell in 1969, but has been covered countless times by musicians since. The song is both poignant and catchy in equal measure and was originally intended to be called Streets of Paris.

Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks is arguably the most famous and most played song about London of all time telling the story of a lone narrator watching two lovers crossing a bridge on the River Thames, near Waterloo Station. Lead singer Ray Davies was a master of the lyric, symbolising London with unique imagery, and the track is remembered most, not for its local pride, but for its typical British melancholy.

These are just a handful of songs which encapsulate the city of London. Not surprisingly, there are plenty more. And no matter which areas you visit, or which of the many Hotels4U hotels you choose to stay at in the capital, you'll never be far from a classic lyric.

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