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The Top 5 Things To Do
on your Beatles-themed Trip to London

(1) Visit the Abbey Road crossing

It’s your turn to walk across the Abbey Road crossing made famous by The Beatles’ 1969 album cover for Abbey Road.

August 8, 1969 was the day the famous photo shoot took place. The photographer was Iain MacMillan, the setting was in front of Abbey Road Studios in London, and the subjects were John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Another ingenious idea thought up by The Beatles? Well, it wasn’t intended that way.

As Ringo Starr revealed in an interview in 2008, the idea for the Abbey Road cover came about as a last resort.

“The Beatles, we always sat around the studio with these big ideas… we’re going to do the cover and we’re going to go to Egypt, or we’re going into some volcano. We’re going to do this big thing, and then, ‘Oh, sod it, let’s just walk across the road.’  And that’s what we did!”

As simple a cover as it was, the visual image has left an indelible mark on Beatles fans from generation to generation, with thousands visiting the site every year. Here’s some video from the Abbey Road cam which is on 24 hours a day:

And don’t forget to sign your name on the Abbey Road wall!

Can you go inside Abbey Road Studios?

No, it is not open to the public. But in the past few years, the Studio has hosted a few special lectures on The Beatles which took place inside the studio. The most recent event was held in 2021. Check Abbey Road’s website for updates.


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