The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest English rock bands of all time.
Have you ever wondered what places in south London had an impact on them?
Mick Jagger was born in Dartford in 1943 and went to school in the area where he met future bandmate Keith Richards.
The duo grew apart as they got older but a chance encounter at Dartford Station in their teens brought them back together.
The band may have gone on to conquer the world, but it all started a lot closer to home…
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A – Chastillian Road, Dartford – the childhood home of Keith Richards.
B – Spielman Road, Temple Hill, Dartford – Keith Richards spent his teenage years living in this road.
C – Miall Road, Sydenham – Original Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman was born in Lewisham Hospital in 1936 and grew up in Miall Road.
D – Denver Road, Dartford – Mick Jagger’s childhood home.
E – Wentworth Primary School, Dartford – Mick and Keith both attended Wentworth Primary School from 1951 and met as five-year-olds.
F – Dartford Grammar School – Where Mick Jagger went to school.
He left in 1961 with seven O-Levels and two A-Levels.
G – Dartford Technical College – Keith was reportedly expelled in 1959 for truancy.
H – Sidcup Art College – After leaving Dartford Technical School, promising artist Keith studied in Sidcup.
I – Beckenham and Penge County Grammar School – Attended by Bill Wyman from 1947 to 1953.
It is now Langley Park School for Boys.
J – Bexley Hospital, Bexley – The now-closed hospital in Old Bexley Lane was where Mick worked as a teenager in the 1950s.
He was a porter and reportedly lost his virginity in a cupboard with a nurse.
K – Dartford Train Station – The meeting that changed the face of pop music.
On October 17, 1961, Mick Jagger was on his way to classes at the London School of Economics. Keith Richards, carrying his guitar, was on his way to Sidcup.
They recognised each other from primary school and struck up conversation over the records Mick was carrying.
The rest is history…
L – Eel Pie Island, Richmond – The legendary 1960s venue hosted the biggest names in music, from Bowie to The Who.
The Rolling Stones had a weekly show there by 1963.
M – Edith Grove, Chelsea – Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards moved into a flat in Edith Grove, Chelsea – just over the river from Battersea – in 1962 and lived there until 1963.
The flat was famously squalid at the time.
N- High Street, Penge – When they moved out of their band flat in Chelsea in 1965,
Bill Wyman bought a flat above a car garage (now Masters Citroen) in Penge High Street.
O – Cheyne Walk, Chelsea – With their career approaching its peak, Mick and Keith both bought houses in the more exclusive Cheyne Walk.
P – The Wick, Richmond – On the corner of Nightingale Lane and Richmond Hill, the hose was once owned by Sir John Mills.
It was bought by Ronnie Wood in the 1970s and now belongs to The Who’s Pete Townshend. Keith Richards reportedly lived in the coach house for a while in the early 1970s.
Q – Sticky Fingers, Kensington – Bill Wyman’s restaurant and a must-visit for Stones superfans, named after the band’s 1971 album.
R – Hyde Park – Days after the death of founder-member Brian Jones in 1969, the Rolling Stones played an era-defining free concert in Hyde Park.
They returned to the venue in 2013 as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.
S – Downe House, Richmond – Mick Jagger lived in this beautiful house overlooking the Thames with Jerry Hall in the 1990s.
T – The Crawdaddy Club (The Station Hotel), Richmond – The Rolling Stones made a name for themselves in the early 1960s with regular slots at the Crawdaddy Club.
U – The Red Lion, Sutton High Street – The Stones played here several times in the early 1960s.
Now called The Winning Post, the pub hosted a gig by the band in 1963 that was attended by just 30 people, but one of them was a promoter who signed them up for their breakthrough residency at the Crawdaddy Club.