Hello, I'm Aidan!

Aidan

An accredited London tour guide, History merchant, exploring the stories London's ignoring, Stonebizzy resident. If you cant make the dates advertised get in touch through the website http://www.flipsidelondontours.com/ or send me an email aidan.mcmanus@gmail.com

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Reviews (62)

Reviews from Guests
no image Jon

An excellent 2.5 hours exploring soho's murky past recommend it to everyone

March 2017
Caroline Caroline

Absolutely brilliant. I cannot think of a better way to spend a few hours on a Saturday! Aidan was very knowledgeable and held our interest from start to finish, so much so, I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to return to London in April to visit the 100 Club for the first time to see Resistance 77. This is a not to be missed tour for anyone with an interest in punk and where it all began for so many bands.

January 2017
no image Isabel

Absolute brilliant Tour with a great host!! Highly recommended

January 2017
no image Patrick

An entertaining and informative tour through the early days of UK Punk. Lots of anecdotes delivered at some of the key locations with an emphasis on The Sex Pistols.

January 2017
Steve Steve

Great little punk rock walking tour of Soho. Really enjoyed it!

January 2017
Clare Clare

Engaging, informative and with a great guide who is clearly passionate about his subject. Great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday and great value for the amount you learn and laugh. Would 100% recommend.

January 2017
Carlos Carlos

Awesome tour! So much musical history! Aidan was there for the birth and death of punk rock in London, very knowledgable. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and learned loads of cool facts. I can't wait to walk through Soho and re-visit all the spots that Aidan pointed out. Highly recommend for any punk and/or rock and roll fans.

January 2017
no image Andy

Outstanding walked passed these places before and never knew that's where all these clubs where and very informative

January 2017
no image Hans-Jörg

Excellent tour!

I'm working in Soho since more than a year and yet didn't know half the stuff, Aidan told us. This guy certainly has the street credibility you need for a tour like this. Best of all was that he was just talking about the Pistols and Glen Matlock wen Matlock actually turned up in person and said hi to us.

Book this tour - it's worth every penny you pay for it!

January 2017
Tom Tom

Informative, funny and true to punk roots.

January 2017
Dave Dave

Aiden was cool. Seemed very knowledgable.

January 2017
no image Charles

Aidan runs a comprehensive, humorous and detailed tour, throughout which he shows many period photos for then and now, on the spot comparisons of the streets and the individuals who contributed to the areas rich and vibrant history.
The area has changed so much within the last 50 years and with it the social and physical history of the place, colourfully narrated as we travelled from point to point.
Aidan is a natural guide with an enthusiasm and depth of knowledge that is impressive. A thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing 2.5hrs..!
Many thanks, recommended.

December 2016
no image Micah

Excellent tour of the various punk history of Soho. A great deal of the stories told were on the Sex Pistols, and none other than the bassist of the Sex Pistols randomly walked in on our tour and was introduced to us by Aidan. We had a great time and would definitely recommend to anyone interested in early London Punk history.

December 2016
Ben Ben

Fuckin' good

December 2016
Andreas Andreas

Soho mit anderen Augen sehen! Aiden lässt über seine Erzählungen die Punk-Geschichte lebendig werden. Es war ein unglaublich tolles Erlebniss die Geburtsorte des Punk zu sehen und Aiden zu zu hören. Es ist auch mit normalen Englischkenntnissen leicht ihm zu folgen. Er hat ein sehr gutes Gefühl, ob er von allen Teilnehmern verstanden wird. Ich würde die Tour sichern noch einmal mit Aiden machen. Wer das alte Punk-Soho noch erleben will sollte sich beeilen bevor die letzten Relikte verschwinden...
Andreas aus Hannover

December 2016
Divya Divya

Great tour with a really friendly and funny tour guide :) very interesting and cool stories

December 2016
no image Gary

A comprehensive tour of all the punk places of Soho by a well informed and enthusiastic host, and a good dose of humour too. Aiden's a great host and made the time fly by, bringing each location alive with stories and facts. Highly recommended

October 2016
no image DANIEL

One for the sex pistols anorak

October 2016
Diana Diana

Highly recommended if you love music

October 2016
Ruud Ruud

Thank you again Aiden for the great walk through Soho last week. You and the wheather made everything perfekt. You keep punk and the Pistols alive.

September 2016
Guillermo Guillermo

It was excellent , extraordinary, i do highlyrecommend

September 2016
no image Monika

Booked this tour for my parents' 60th birthdays that both fall on the same week. They absolutely loved it and said that Aidan was passionate and informative. They'd never been on a tour like it! A perfect present. Cheers Aidan!

September 2016
Knut Knut

Absoltely authenic tour! We liked it! Punk's not dead!!!!

August 2016
no image Bruce

I love a rock (history) tour. Over the course of numerous visits to the UK, I've done five, and Aidan McManus's Original Soho Punk Rock Tour sets a standard all others should follow.
A few day's prior to the OSPRT, I did a certain bus tour and let's just say they were "winging it". (The moment the driver asserted Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Cure played the Blitz club - they most certainly *didn't* - EVERY other 'fact' was rendered questionable. I was left thinking, “Exactly how much of this is ACCURATE?”)
You'll get no such spurious reportage from Aidan. Not only was he *at* some of the gigs he recounts, the man is a walking encyclopedia and he walks you to locations I'd not even THOUGHT we might go to. Locations I'd seen on previous tours were imbued with information that other guides didn't know or didn't care to know. The tour is not just "punk”; there's spillage into Sabbath, Bowie, Queen... And it's not just "music"; it covers the sex trade, the clubs...
It's billed as "two hours", but after two AND A HALF hours, Aidan asked the group, "Are you up for seeing one more place?" It was of course a unanimous yes. I won't spoil the surprise of the final location but not only was it unexpected, it was possible to peer in and see EXACTLY how it looked in
76-77. (It hasn't changed.)
If the Sex Pistols mattered, or if The Clash mattered, from a lot down to even a little bit, if early UK punk history holds any level of fascination, this tour is very much for you if not damned near essential. If you’re simply curious and fancy a pleasant stroll around the West End with an extraordinarily amicable fellow who paints a vivid portrait of a time and place that reshaped music and art, it's arguably the best value tour in London. If all you really want from a London rock tour is a photo on the Abbey Road crosswalk, this is probably not for you. (And you can get that for free. Tube it to St John's Wood and walk.) But for an extraordinarily comprehensive, layered and indepth portrait of the people and the places from a vibrant time unlikely to ever be repeated, the Original Soho Punk Rock Tour is without peer. Very highly recommended.

August 2016
Chris Chris

awesome tour! I'm local but learnt loads and aiden was a great guide

July 2016
Nicola Nicola

It was an excellent trip in a London you prolly wouldn't find otherwise. Aidan is a superb guide, fast paced with lots of knowledge about London's Punk history. It's a shame most of the buildings are removed or changed destination but with this tour you can breath the old atmosphere nevertheless.
Absolutely recommended!

July 2016
Martin Martin

Would highly recommend and actively seek out other tours hosted by Aidan / Flipside. I did the Soho Gangland tour. on this occasion Very informative. Provided many interesting insights to the history of Soho in general. Excellent tour for anyone with an interest in social history. At 10GBP is of excellent value too.

July 2016
Paul Paul

The Soho Punk Tour with Aidan McManus was great! Aidan has a great personality, and knows this territory well. He kept things moving, and it was fun for anyone, whether they know anything about the music and time or not. Highly recommended.

July 2016
no image Jen

Aidan was very knowledgeable and approachable. Although a lot of places no longer exist, Aidan managed to capture the atmosphere from back then though detailed descriptions and interesting anecdotes.

June 2016
no image Stephen

Great day out for old punks! Very informative. Captured the time well with stories and photographs.

June 2016
Kelly Kelly

We had an incredible two hours in the company of Aidan as he took us through history. The preamble is in the title: it's a punk rock tour, but Aidan has carefully curated sights, sounds, images and buildings which really capture the feeling both aesthetically and anecdotally from this punk guru. From Denmark Street to the end of days in punk terms this is all about the wonder of being different in a world where everything is the same, what better place to experience that than Soho?
Amazing doesn't cover it really: we listened to some truly awesome stories that could only come from the mind and mouth of someone who had been there. Aidan, we salute you!
Oh and don't forget to grab a pint at the end - it's what Sid Vicious would have wanted (maybe).

June 2016
Nick Nick

Excellent tour, highly recommended, Aidan's knowledge of the sex pistols and the punk scene is brilliant

June 2016
no image Sally

Aidan was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of London, and his passion for all things punk was evident from the beginning. Aidan was well prepared with photographs and suggestions of records/documentaries we should listen to. Would definitely recommend to a friend!

June 2016
Mark Mark

Booked on the 28.05.16 tour and Aiden provided a fantastic commentary on the punk scene in and around Soho. The tour is full of stories and anecdotes of what happened where and when and included a superb insight into the history of the area. Would thoroughly recommend the tour to anyone interested in the early punk scene in London. Thanks Aiden!

May 2016
Farrah Farrah

Just brilliant! Aidan was so passionate & knowledgable about the music & history. Was a delight to listen to all the stories. Look forward to doing another tour with him when next in London.

May 2016
no image Sheri

Another fabulous walk/tour with Aidan. Learned a lot of interesting facts about North London near where I was born. Once again Aidan was polite, charming, entertaining and very informative about the local history from Finsbury Park - Highbury & Islington.

March 2016
Adrian Adrian

What a great way to spend a couple of hours. If you are into your music, and in particular Punk, it's a fascinating tour. Aidan is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and packs so much into the tour. He has a real appreciation of the rich musical heritage of Soho and it's good to know that Aidan is doing his bit to keep the heritage alive. Corporate London seems to be happy to forget the rich musical and cultural history we have in our capital city. Cheers Aidan, a great tour.

March 2016
no image Sheri

An excellent walk & talk with Aidan. Aidan was very pleasant, polite & professional. He introduced himself to us and asked each one of us our names which I thought was very courteous and friendly. He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of the Westbourne Park area and was very happy and willing to answer questions. I have already recommended Aidan to a couple of friends.

March 2016
no image Carol

Fantastic walk around The Grove, Portabello and the omnipresent Westway. Aidan weaves the potted history of an area he knows intimately and laces aspects of social history and local legendary events with first hand reminisces told in his own inimitable style. Music (punk, hippy counter-culture and the various points in-between), film locations, key locations of West Indian culture (including The Carnival) and political downfalls all enhance Aidan’s highly entertaining 2hour+ walk around a fascinating area of London Town. If you want to experience the true feel of London then this is the walk for you!

March 2016
no image Derek

Whether you know a little or (think you) know a lot you'll find this tour fascinating. Aidan really knows his stuff and is a top notch communicator. Soho is still one of the most interesting places on the planet, despite the best efforts of the developers. Aidan will point out some of the dark secrets in the buildings and on the streets of Soho where murders, mayhem, stabbings and robbery have taken place for generations. I loved it.

March 2016
Randal Randal

Any music lover, when visiting London, should take The Original Soho Punk Rock Tour. Our host Aiden makes us relive the punk era with is encyclopedic knowledge as he takes us to some of the most famous places in Soho that hosted the likes of the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Who, The Police, The Rolling Stones, to name a few.

Not only did we learn which band played at the locations we visited, we were given a rare insight into their lives. We learnt about the marketing and media manipulation behind the shenanigans that made these bands famous.

Aiden really made the memories flood back as we zig-zagged all through Soho visiting these site, many of which have been repurposed by other businesses.

I highly suggest you take the tour before even more of these landmark buildings are torn down, only to have their pictures displayed in a museum dedicated to Punk Rock.

March 2016
no image Jon

Another very enjoyable guided walk with Aidan, giving an insight into London that you won't find in any guide books

February 2016
Steve Steve

A very cold (sub zero) day, thank goodness that the Westway walk was so interesting that I forgot about the temperature.
Aidan knows his subject and is able to hold the interest of the audience.
I thoroughly recommend this tour. Even though I know the area very well, aidan had lots of information to share.
Planned for two hours and got a lot more than that.

January 2016
Fiona Fiona

Really interesting, Aidan knows his stuff and it's great to be led around by a knowledgeable enthusiast. London covers its tracks very quickly and it's fascinating to know what came before. Will go to another and would recommend.

January 2016
no image Lucy

Aidan is a great storyteller. He got to know Soho whilst working there as a builder with his dad from the age of 15.

He weaves his colourful personal experience of Soho with a wealth of historical knowledge which feels captivating and authentic.

Definitely the sort of guy I could sit with in a pub for hours listening to.

You get the sense that he feels old Soho slowly eroding away and is determined to keep it alive through the retelling of its past.

He certainly knows where all the important doors lead to....

A great way to spend a couple of hours in London. Recommend.

January 2016
no image Susan

An entertaining and informative tour with this lovely guy
In his pink hat. He did his best to include the punk widows.

November 2015
no image maciej

great

November 2015
Anna Anna

Brilliant tour. A fun and informative afternoon. Highly recommended. Thanks Aidan! Looking at the area through new eyes now!!! X

November 2015
Valli Valli

Aidan is very knowledgeable and entertaining I discovered so much trough the tour ,considering that I lived in the area for 5 years ,very interesting I loved every minutes , highly recommended

November 2015
Colin Colin

Good tour, got to learn about the neighborhood's past and how it's changed, and some good personal stories and folklore.

November 2015
no image Richard

Very interesting and engaging tour.

September 2015
no image Jon

Did the Westway Walk with Aidan on Sunday 23rd August and found it very enjoyable; the tour guide was knowledgeable, engaging and funny
The price is a bargain and the tour length just right
Will be doing his Movies, Mayhem & Murder walk around Finsbury Park next

August 2015
Carol Carol

The tour was dynamic and a fast two hours. Unscripted, unlike the "other" London tour guides, Aidan McManus is a vivid, salty storyteller and keeps it interesting.

July 2015
Kevin Kevin

A great time was had by all on our tour! Aiden is fun, full of facts and a passionat guide through Soho punk history.

June 2015
no image Phil

Aidan proved to be extremely knowledgeable about the area surrounding Holloway Road, particularly in respect of the cinemas that once abounded there. He was able to impart information in an interesting and humorous way, whilst keeping to the main subject matter of the walk. I would certainly recommend this walk to others.

June 2015
no image scarlett

An intriguing tour by a very funny and knowledgable Londoner. The fact that Aidan enjoys telling stories so much is very evident in his energy. In the icy wind, cold and rain on Holloway Road we all had a good time and actually laughed!...which i think is quite an achievment! Definitely doing the Soho one next!

March 2015
Kim Kim

Absolutely brilliant couple of hours walking around with Aidan. Hear about Soho's punk history from someone who was there, saw it and lived it. Aidan is a great guy who knows his stuff, is happy answering questions and makes social history come to life. Geographically I know Soho really well, I now know more about its history, who did what and where and with whom. Cannot recommend this tour enough - thanks Aidan!

February 2015
no image Leigh

We had a great tour informative and fun. I've lived in the area for 10 years i now have a greater appreciation for what had happened in Notting Hill and its many varied residents.

February 2015
Mick Mick

A Fantastic tour of Soho for fans of punk and for those interested in London's music history. Aidan is the maan, passionate & enthusiastic about Soho and its music history. Highly recommended!

February 2015
Joao Joao

This is such a great tour...not only for those who like the punk rock genre but also for those who just want to learn more about London music history. Aidan it's a great tour guide, very friendly and with a lot knowledge on the subject.

August 2014
no image Roger

I booked for this walk as soon as I found out about it, and pleased I did as the places we visited brought back some happy memories, and also told me quite a few things I hadn't known before. Aidan was always careful to keep the group close together so nobody got left behind or missed anything he was saying: he was also able to give informed replies to any questions that were put to him. Some tour guides can switch off when a tour is ended but Aidan's enthusiasm to engage with everyone on the walk extended to inviting us to a very pleasant local pub. A very agreeable evening:- recommended!

July 2014
Paul Paul

Had a great time !! Really interesting would highly recommend to anyone interested in punk and London life !! Aidan was a great guy too with great stories !!

June 2014