London is famous for many things – Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, red phone boxes and, of course, the Spice Girls. Since the world’s biggest girl group first burst onto the scene back in 1996, the British capital has played host to their many music videos, sold-out concerts, iconic moments and even a blockbuster movie. And after selling out 13 stadium concerts during their Spice World 2019 reunion tour earlier this year, it seems the Spice Girls legacy is still alive and thriving all these years later. Even if you didn’t catch the band on stage, there are still a variety of spicy locations you can visit in London. And if you’re lucky, you might even bump into the girls themselves.
Catch a concert at Wembley Stadium
This past June, the Spice Girls sold out three shows in a row at the UK’s most iconic concert venue, playing to over 90,000 fans each night. They also played the venue back in 1998, which was recorded for the band’s best-selling DVD, Spice Girls live at Wembley Stadium. And while you may have missed their most recent concerts, the stadium still plays host to a variety of other top class acts. Visit Ticketmaster to get an updated schedule on Wembley’s upcoming gigs.
INFO: Wembley Stadium, Wembley Park tube station
Visit the legendary Abbey Road Studios
Made famous by the spicy Fab Four in 1999 – who recorded their Forever album here following Geri’s shock departure – the legendary Abbey Road recording studio was also frequented by The Beatles many years before them. Grab a picture on the steps a la Spice Girls, or get snapped crossing the road like the famous Beatles cover. Double score!
INFO: Abbey Road Studios, St John's Wood tube
Grab some platform trainers
Wannabe a Spice Girl? Who doesn’t! Sadly we’re all about 25 years too late to audition for the band, but you can still recreate some of their most iconic looks at Camden Market, where the girls sourced many of their original costumes back in the day. Keep an eye out for vintage Buffalo trainers, baby doll dresses and Union Jack tea towels (the real basis of Geri’s iconic dress at the Brit Awards).
INFO: Camden Lock Place, Camden Town
Meet Baby Spice in the flesh
Who doesn’t want to see Emma Bunton’s youthful glow up close and personal? Exactly. Fortunately, the Spice Girl records a weekly radio show for Heart FM in the heart of London. Airing every Sunday between 7pm-10pm, fans are known to queue outside to catch a glimpse of Emma. If you’re lucky, she’ll stop for a selfie and sign your Spice merchandise. Yas, we’ve actually done this, and yas, she’s VERY sweet.
INFO: Heart London, 30 Leicester Square
Go back to where it all began
Who doesn’t remember the first time they saw the Spice Girls burst onto that iconic staircase belting out Wannabe? London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel was the location for the band’s very first music video, and also the same spot where they reunited to announce their 2012 musical, Viva Forever. The hotel’s Hansom Lounge serves afternoon tea daily between 1.30pm-5pm, and you’ll easily be able to recreate the music video and bust a few moves on the nearby staircase. Zig-a-zig-ah!
INFO: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, King’s Cross tube
Watch Scary Spice be scary
Want to see Mel B up close and personal? It was recently revealed Scary will be joining popular TV show Celebrity Juice as a regular team captain. The Spice Girl will appear as a captain opposite Holly Willoughby on the show hosted by Leigh Francis, who shot to fame impersonating Mel on Bo Selecta. Viewers will be able to see the exciting new line up on the outrageous show when Celebrity Juice returns to screens in the autumn. For a chance to be in the audience, simply apply for tickets online at Applause Store.
INFO: Tickets available from applausestore.com