A TICKET TO RIDE THROUGH BEATLES LONDON
Roll up, roll up for a magical, mystery tour that follows in the footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo through London’s long and winding roads to get back to the places you’ll remember all your life.
Step Right This Way
The Original Beatles Tour of London (originated by Richard Jones in 1989) is your opportunity to discover the locations associated with the fab four. The pubs, the clubs, the theatres, the recording studios, the film locations and the homes – all of which will come together in a tour that is brim full with Beatles memories and which will have you, quite simply, longing for yesterday.
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The Birthplace of Beatle mania
We begin at the London Palladium where, following their appearance on Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium, on Sunday 13th October 1963, Britain as a whole sat up and took notice of this new group.
Where Paul Met Linda
From here we take a nostalgic stroll along Carnaby Street, the epicentre of swinging London in the 1960′s, to see the club that was once a popular haunt of the Beatles following late night recording sessions and where Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman on 15th May 1967.
The Long and Winding Road
The walk then winds its way across Oxford Street to walk along a thoroughfare lined by the shops of bespoke tailors to arrive at the former offices of the Beatles company Apple Corps.
The Beatles Last Public Performance
It was in the recording studios, then located in the basement of this magnificent Georgian House, that much of the latter part of their film Let It Be was shot. It was also, from the roof of the building, in that same film, on 30th January 1969 that the Beatles gave their last public performance and brought the west and traffic to a halt!
Not Only John Lennon But Also Paul McCartney
Onwards - via a gentleman’s toilet where John Lennon posed as a doorman for a popular 1960′s television show – an appearance in which he managed to slip rather risqué joke past the ever vigilant censors at the BBC - we find our way to a nondescript court to see the studios where Hey Jude, Dear Prudence and Honey Pie, to name but a few , were recorded.
The Beatles London tour then twists its way to Paul McCartney’s office, before boarding a bus for a short ride along Oxford Street (if the traffic’s heavy we’ll walk this bit) to begin the second magical section of the Beatles London Tour.
Some Great Beatles London Locations
This section of the Beatles Walk features some truly memorable locations.
- The house where Paul McCartney lodged with the parents of his then girlfriend, the actress Jane Asher, and where he and John composed I Want To Hold Your Hand..
- The Registry Office where two of the fab four were married, Paul McCartney tying the knot here twice.
- The flat where Ringo, John, Yoko Ono and Jimi Hendrix lived – albeit not all at the same time. It was here that John and Yoko were raided by the police and found to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis.
- The premises from which the Beatles Apple store attempted to add even more colour to the psychedelic streets of 1960′s London.
Abbey Road Studios and Crossing
Having uncovered all these wonderful locations, the tour takes a short journey to St John’s Wood where you can cross over the iconic pedestrian crossing, immortalised by the Beatles on the cover of their Abbey Road album.
The Beatles London Walking Tour ends outside the Abbey Road studious where many of the Beatles most famous songs were recorded and where fans from all over the world still arrive to scrawl messages on the white stone wall in homage to four lads from Liverpool who cam to London in the early 1960′s and, in so doing, helped change the world.