Abbey Road and the Beatles. The two names are synonymous with one another. Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to go to Abbey Road and see where they made the record called, aptly, Abbey Road. I also wanted to see what I call ‘The Beatles’ Crossing’.
I have been a fan of the Beatles since I sang”Twist and Shout” at primary school. I thought it was the coolest song ever and I eagerly played the Beatles cassette tape album my parents owned.
I don’t need to tell you how famous they were and still are.
The walk I did was led by a Blue Badge Guide who was very knowledgeable and was a true Beatles fan. Such a fan that he has hung out round Abbey Road Studios and managed to catch Paul McCartney. It was £10 and worth every pound spent! The walk was called ‘In My Life’ and is named after the John Lennon song (although both McCartney and Lennon contributed).
Now, you may be wondering: A Beatles walk in London? Why not in Liverpool where they started off?
Well, London was the place to go to for bands in those days. The tour guide said that people from London were known to be the musical sort and those from Liverpool were the comedians.
The tour started off at Marylebone Station, which is well known for its feature in the Beatles movie “A Hard Days Night”. The Beatles ran up this road, away from screaming fans and into the station.
We then walked along to a church where Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr married their wives. The guide is such a Beatles fan that he got married there and had wedding photos done by Abbey Road.
Next up: John Lennon’s house…or rather where he lived for a bit in London. Yoko has only recently put the blue plaque on the house. This flat was notorious for wild parties (Jimmy Hendrix had previously lived there as well). John was also arrested here as drugs were found in the flat.
We continued walking towards Baker St where we saw the Apple shop (long gone) owned by the Beatles and then went on the tube to St John’s Wood and walked to Abbey Road.
The guide told us a lot about Abbey Road Studios and how it was only called Abbey Road Studios after the album came out (called Abbey Road). It was originally called EMI.
I, of course, had to get a photo done crossing the famous Abbey Road crossing. There were so many other people getting their photos done as well.
The studio has to paint their fence quite a few times each year as people (fans) write on the wall. You can see some writing on the picture of the Abbey Road Shop.
What I like about the close up photo of me crossing the road is the typical London black cab. It really brings the photo together!
I bought a 1969 bag there and an Abbey Road coaster and an Oyster Card holder.
It is very interesting seeing the changes the Beatles went through over time. They went from boyband to ‘out there’ over a short space of time. From 1950s/60s rock to Ravi Shankar type music with Sitars.
You can really see the change in their musical tastes and how different they were by the time the band broke up in this following video clip:
And one final thing:
Spot John Lennon in this photo:
So, finally (and I promise this is my last thing to say), I really do suggest doing a London walk. There are so many walks available and it is a fantastic way to see your city, or the city you are visiting.
Also, if you wish you can take a look at my Southwark London walk post!