A Beatles tour of London Town

Jan 3

17 years in London. I know it well, yet so many gems remain that need to be seen. Hidden alleyways to be explored.

Mini buses to get on such as this one.

_0190It departs from Trafalgar Square each Wednesday and on weekends. A three hour ride past iconic locations where history was made.

Brian Epstein’s house, number 24 Chapel Street.

_0191At number 430 Kings Road, Chelsea, there is a shop called Worlds End. It has a huge clock on the front, which goes backwards at a freakishly fast rate. From 1971 – 1980, it belonged to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren. Staff included Chrissie Hynde and Johnny Rotten.

_0195XL recording studios at One Codrington Mews. Home to artists such as Radiohead, The White Stripes and Vampire Weekend.

_0196We stopped for a break at Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers. You don’t have to be a Stones fan to appreciate the memorabilia inside.

_0192My personal highlight was Abbey Road. That zebra crossing. That album cover. 8th August 1969. The photographer, Ian Macmillan, took just six shots that day. A policeman held up the traffic as Macmillan started shooting from a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road.

_0198_0201_0199The graffiti wall is painted over every six weeks or so. As the painter finishes, fans have already started leaving messages again. He’ll never be out of work.

_0200Drove past Macca’s house up the road from the studio and it looked like he was home!

_0193_0197Aaah yes, Savile Row. The Beatles’s famous roof top gig. As they started playing, people started to gather. There were no cell phones, no Twitter, no Facebook. Yet, the crowds grew. Much to the Savile Row businesses annoyance who eventually called the police. And the plug was pulled. Oh to have been there.

_0194I recommend this tour to any rock and Beatles fan. Treat yourself. Entertain your friends from out of town. It’s a different way of seeing London.

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  1. Carola

    January 14th, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I love when you show us your beautiful city! Looks like another fun thing to do while in London!

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