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Denmark Street, London

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Denmark Street is a street on the edge of London's West End running from Charing Cross Road to St Giles. It is near St Giles in the Fields Church and Tottenham Court Road station. The street was developed in the late 17th century and named after Prince George of Denmark. Since the 1950s it has been associated with British popular music, first via publishers and later by recording studios and music shops. A blue plaque was unveiled in 2014 commemorating the street's importance to the music industry.The street was originally residential, but became used for commercial purposes in the 19th century. At first, metalwork was a popular trade but it became most famous as Britain's "Tin Pan Alley" housing numerous music publishers' offices. This market declined in the 1960s to be replaced by music shops and independent recording studios. The Rolling Stones recorded at Regent Sound Studio at No. 4 and popular musicians often socialised around the Gioconda café at No. 9, including David Bowie and the Small Faces. Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote songs at offices on the street through the 1960s, while the Sex Pistols lived above No. 6, and recorded their first demos there. The comic book store, Forbidden Planet and the Helter Skelter music bookshop have also been based on the street. In the 2010s, the surrounding area was redeveloped. Parts of Denmark Street are listed to protect them, but other parts, away from the street itself, are planned to be demolished.
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  • Are you in to instruments?....... Guitar, vass, amps or keys? This is mecka in vintage, good service an a great dose of rock n roll!! I play guitar and im here Every trip i take to London. This street...  more »
  • This was a planned visit and definitely the highlight of our stay in London for our guitar-mad teen boys! Denmark street is the stuff of guitar lovers dreams :) It's literally steeped in music history...  more »
  • Visited Denmark Street looking to buy a new acoustic guitar. Window-shopped a little and then went into Wunjo guitars (the acoustic section on the corner with Charing Cross Road - they have several se...  more »
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  • Thank you Guy for a great session. Amazing experience in his studio laying down a couple of tracks with our teens from Germany :) Go visit him. You WON'T regret it. See you again!
  • I would rate this studio '6 stars' if I could! I go to Denmark Street Studios to mainly record vocals and the sound is second to none. Guy Katsav is an incredible producer/engineer who knows how to get the best out of the artist. He is professional, focussed and a joy to work with. The studio itself is well equipped with a nice ambience and the rates are highly competitive. I would not even consider going to any other studio. If you're serious about your recordings and need a top class studio, then this is where you need to go!
  • Great place, the vibe is great, the team are all really lovely and a pleasure to work with and great at their jobs. I would strongly recommend Denmark Street Studios.
  • Best studio in Central London. Great vibe, greta people, great gear.
  • Top sound!

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