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10 Famous Beatles Locations You Can Visit

on May 07, 2020, 12:00pm
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Abbey Road Crosswalk

Abbey Road Crosswalk, photo by Lindsay Teske

Abbey Road Crosswalk, photo by Lindsay Teske

With just the tap of your Oyster card, you can step inside one of the most iconic album covers in music history. The northwest London crosswalk that the Fab Four blasted into notoriety after including it on the cover of their album Abbey Road is yours for the taking (in fact, it was recently updated with a fresh coat of paint, so when it’s safe to travel again, you’ll be able to see it in better form than ever). Whether you want to take photos or simply absorb the thrill of literally following in the footsteps of John, Paul, Ringo, and George, the Abbey Road crosswalk is one of the most exciting destinations for any Beatles fan to visit.

Address: Abbey Road & Grove End Road, St. John’s Wood, London, NW8 0QH

Closest Underground Station: St. John’s Wood (Jubilee line)

Cost to Visit: Free excluding transportation costs

Helpful Hint: As you can probably imagine, the crosswalk sees a steady stream of visitors eager to snap photos during daylight hours. So, if you’d still like to do so but aren’t feeling keen on dealing with a crowd, arriving earlier in the day will be your best bet. On the other hand, if you’re not planning to take photos but still want the novelty experience of having walked the crosswalk, you may prefer to visit during the evening. Most importantly, though, be safe! Abbey Road is still a busy street, and cars will be passing through at all hours of the day.

The Beatles - Abbey Road

Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios, photo by Lindsay Teske

Abbey Road Studios, photo by Lindsay Teske

Just up the street from the Abbey Road crosswalk is the legendary recording studio of the same name, where The Beatles famously recorded a notable amount of their discography. Visitors can take photos of the studio’s entrance, write on the ever-popular graffiti wall outside, and browse its shop (which, as you can imagine, has no shortage of Beatles merchandise). Or, if you’re an artist, you can inquire about booking studio space to record a project. Regardless of how you choose to spend your visit to Abbey Road Studios, you’ll be able to come away saying that you’ve been to the place where dozens of iconic songs were born.

Address: 3 Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, London, NW8 9AY

Closest Underground Station: St. John’s Wood (Jubilee line)

Cost to Visit: Free excluding cost of transportation. Costs may vary depending on any gift shop and/or studio rental purchases made.

Helpful Hint: If the crosswalk is too crowded for your liking, visiting Abbey Road Studios can be a fun way to wait out the masses while doing another Beatles-related activity.

Marylebone Station

Marylebone Station by Hugh Llewelyn

Marylebone Station, photo by Hugh Llewelyn

Those who have seen A Hard Day’s Night will recall the pandemonium-filled opening sequence in which The Beatles run into a train station while being chased by a swarm of fans. Well, you can step back into the brink of Beatlemania yourself by visiting the filming location. The sequence was filmed at Marylebone Station, which is tucked away in northwest London. The best part? Marylebone Station still bears similarity to the way it looked in the film 56 years ago (particularly its exterior awning), so visitors will be able to see sights they’ve only ever taken in onscreen come alive before their eyes.

Address: Melcombe Place, Marylebone, London, NW1 6JJ

Closest Underground Station: If you hop on the Bakerloo line, Marylebone is one of the stops.

Cost to Visit: Free excluding transportation costs

Helpful Hint: In addition to the Bakerloo line, Marylebone Station also houses select national rail services. So, you can easily explore the station before taking a day trip to another city in England. Just don’t be late — otherwise you’ll be doing a mad dash through Marleybone just like The Beatles did.

Prince of Wales Theatre

Prince of Wales Theatre, photo by Andy Roberts

Prince of Wales Theatre, photo by Andy Roberts

The stage at Prince of Wales Theatre is currently home to the musical The Book of Mormon, but 57 years earlier, it became the site of one of The Beatles’ most memorable early gigs. This was where John Lennon famously encouraged the crowd – namely, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, who were in the audience that evening — to ‘“rattle their jewelry” in lieu of applause. The cheeky quip, which was uttered just before performing “Twist and Shout”, launched the concert into pop-culture infamy.

Address: Coventry Street, West End, London, W1D 6AS

Closest Underground Station: Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are both nearby. (Piccadilly Circus is on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, and Leicester Square is on the Piccadilly and Northern lines.)

Cost to Visit: Free excluding travel costs

Helpful Hint: The Prince of Wales Theatre is located in the heart of central London, making it in doable walking distance from a variety of notable landmarks throughout the city.

57 Green Street

Green Street by Mark Hillary

Green Street, photo by Mark Hillary

Little did London know in 1963 that the newest group of tenants at 57 Green Street were well on their way to making history. John, Paul, Ringo, and George only lived all together once, and it was at this address. They moved into the flat upon relocating to London from Liverpool, right as their career began to teeter on the precipice of explosion. Take a walk around the Fab Four’s former neighborhood to immerse yourself in one of the last environments where they knew a sense of normalcy, and, of course, to imagine how incredibly cool it would have been to be a fly on the wall in their flat.

Address: 57 Green Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 6RH

Closest Underground Station: Bond Street (Jubilee and Central lines)

Cost to Visit: Free excluding cost of transportation

Helpful Hint: Bond Street and St. John’s Wood are only two stops away on the Jubilee line, making it easy to visit 57 Green Street and the Abbey Road area in a short amount of time.

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