Oasis: London landmarks on Liam and Noel Gallagher’s rise to stardom

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They may be from Manchester, but Noel and Liam Gallagher have close ties with London

While brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher’s roots are in Manchester, when Oasis rose to stardom in the 1990s, London was the playground for their rock’n’roll lifestyles.

For fans visiting London, there are plenty of landmarks to discover, most in north London, particularly Camden.

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If you’re interested in other rock landmarks around London, try Hoxton Market for the site of The Verve’s iconic Bittersweet Symphony video or Heddon Street, where the cover photo was shot for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

But for now, until they finally get the old band back together, here are some Oasis landmarks.

If you are a fan of Oasis, there are plenty of London landmarks to visit. (Photos by Getty)If you are a fan of Oasis, there are plenty of London landmarks to visit. (Photos by Getty)
If you are a fan of Oasis, there are plenty of London landmarks to visit. (Photos by Getty) | Getty

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Berwick Street in Soho has seen a significant amount of redevelopment, but is still ripe for a reconstruction of the cover of the sleeve art of the second Oasis album. Added to which, the street is home to Selectadisc, Sister Ray and Reckless Records music shops.

Berwick Street in Soho. (Photos by André Langlois/Creation) Berwick Street in Soho. (Photos by André Langlois/Creation)
Berwick Street in Soho. (Photos by André Langlois/Creation) | André Langlois/Creation

The Water Rats

The first show of the Definitely Maybe tour is widely seen as a landmark gig for Oasis. They performed on January 27 1994 to a sell-out crowd at The Water Rat’s in King’s Cross, with hundreds reportedly turned away at the door.

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The Water Rats. (Photo by Google Maps)The Water Rats. (Photo by Google Maps)
The Water Rats. (Photo by Google Maps) | Google maps

The Good Mixer

In the early and mid-90s, The Good Mixer in Camden Town was Britpop central. It’s unlikely anyone really knows who met there, who said what to whom and what record deals were signed (and why) but legend has it the Oasis Blur rivalry started there with Liam meeting Graham Coxon and saying: “Nice music, sh*t clothes.” True? In this case, it doesn’t matter. The venue still welcomes a buzzing mix of locals and musicians in the heart of Camden Town.

The Good Mixer. (Photo by André Langlois)The Good Mixer. (Photo by André Langlois)
The Good Mixer. (Photo by André Langlois) | Andre Langlois

Abbey Road

Clearly it is a Beatles landmark, but Abbey Road Studios was also where recording began for Be Here Now by Oasis. Besides, I doubt many Oasis fans would begrudge a bit of Beatles history.

Abbey Road. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Abbey Road. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Abbey Road. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Supernova Heights

Manchester may be home, but the Gallagher brothers have spent a lot of their lives in north London. Noel’s fabled, party-central Supernova Heights was in Steele’s Road, Belsize Village, while Liam has lived up the hill in Highgate. The area is packed with pubs and Hampstead and Highgate are well worth a stroll for the chance of some famous faces.

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