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Famous Guitarists from London

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in London, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from London are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous London guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

This list includes David Bowie, Phil Collins and more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from London?" and "Who are famous London guitarists?"
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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 75

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Wallington, London, London, United Kingdom

Geoffrey Arnold Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with the Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy ...more

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 75

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Heston, London, United Kingdom

James Patrick Page (born 9 January 1944) is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin. ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 72

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Brixton, Eurasia, South London, United Kingdom, London, + more

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more

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Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 62

Nationality: England

Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

Adrian Frederick "H" Smith (born 27 February 1957) is an English guitarist and member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks. Smith ...more

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 74

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England

Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter best known as the guitarist, backing and secondary lead vocalist, principal ...more

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The Edge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 58

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Barking, London, England

David Howell Evans (born 8 August 1961), better known by his stage name the Edge (or just Edge), is an Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing ...more

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 72

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Hampton, London, London, United Kingdom

Brian Harold May, (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. His songs include "We Will Rock ...more

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Slash is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 54

Nationality: United States of America, England

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, Hampstead

Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British–American musician and songwriter. He is the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with ...more

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Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 69

Nationality: England

Birthplace: SW postcode area, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Stephen Richard Hackett (born 12 February 1950) is an English musician, songwriter, singer, and producer who gained prominence as the lead guitarist of the progressive rock band Genesis from ...more

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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 65

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom

Declan Patrick MacManus, OBE (born 25 August 1954), better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English pop/rock musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, ...more

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 74

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Highgate, London, United Kingdom

Sir Roderick David Stewart, (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling ...more

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 68

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Hounslow, London, England

Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the drummer and later became singer of ...more

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Robin Trower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 74

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Eurasia, Catford, United Kingdom, London, England

Robin Leonard Trower (born 9 March 1945) is an English rock guitarist and vocalist who achieved success with Procol Harum during the 1960s, and then again as the bandleader of his own power trio ...more

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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 70

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Romford, England, London

Clifford Williams (born 14 December 1949) is an English musician who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC as their bassist and backing vocalist since 1977 except for a brief ...more
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Dave Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 63

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: England, London

David Michael "Dave" Murray (born 23 December 1956) is an English guitarist and songwriter. He was one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden and, along ...more

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Eddie Clarke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 69

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 75

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: England, London

Roger Harry Daltrey (born 1 March 1944) is an English singer and actor. He is a founder, member, and lead singer of the rock band the Who. Daltrey is known for his powerful voice and energetic ...more

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 71

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Marylebone, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Yusuf Islam (born 21 July 1948), commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical style consists of folk, pop, ...more

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Dido is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 48

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong (born 25 December 1971), known professionally as Dido (), is an English singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her ...more

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Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 58

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Dagenham, England, London

Martin Lee Gore (born 23 July 1961) is an English songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, singer, record producer, remixer, and DJ. He is one of the founding members of the synth-pop band Depeche ...more

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Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Lita Rossana Ford (born 19 September 1958) is an English-born , American heavy metal guitarist, actress, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s ...more

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Ronnie Wood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 72

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Hillingdon, United Kingdom

Ronald David Wood (born 1 June 1947) is an English rock musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, author and radio personality best known as a member of The Rolling Stones since 1975, ...more

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Anthony Phillips is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 68

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Eurasia, Greater London, London Borough of Wandsworth, United Kingdom, London, + more

Anthony Edwin Phillips (born 23 December 1951) is an English musician, songwriter, producer and singer who gained prominence as the original lead guitarist of the rock band Genesis, from 1967 to ...more
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Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 52

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: South East England, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, Eurasia, Kingston upon Thames, + more

Steven John Wilson (born 3 November 1967) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. Currently a solo artist, he ...more

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Ray Davies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Age: 75

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Fortis Green, London, United Kingdom

Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, ( DAY-viz; born 21 June 1944) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the Kinks, which he leads ...more

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