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A visit to Abbey Road, the Beatles' favored studio and the location of one of the most iconic album cover photos in rock'n'roll history, is a must for any Beatles fan. Here are 5 amazing facts about the Fab Four that might surprise even the aficionados.
A widespread conspiracy theory argues Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike. Proponents claim that Paul's being barefoot on the Abbey Road cover is a clue.
After years of legal wrangling, John Lennon officially quit the Beatles on December 29, 1974 while staying at the Polynesian Village Hotel in Disney World, Florida.
Surprisingly, The Fab Four are the first band to ever feature the famous "Devil Horns" on an album cover: John Lennon makes the hand gesture on the cover of Yellow Submarine.
As big "Lord of the Rings" fans, the Beatles tried to get Stanley Kubrick to film an adaptation in which they would act the main roles. However, J.R.R. Tolkien opposed the project.
John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, was carrying a copy of J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" during the shooting. He claimed his actions were inspired by the novel.
What would a visit to Abbey Road be without a saunter across the most famous zebra crossing in the world? As the crossing is recorded by a live, 24-hour webcam feed that can be watched online, you can tell your friends and family to watch you follow in the Beatles' footsteps! All they need to do is visit the following website at an agreed time: http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing
If you'd like to take home a snapshot of yourself recreating the iconic Abbey Road album cover, a man stands by the zebra crossing all day, taking pictures in exchange for a fee.
- When should I visit?
- The Abbey Road crossing is open all day, everyday, year round.
- Is it expensive?
- While it's free to cross Abbey Road, tours and souvenir photos can cost extra.
- Will I need a guide?
- Hop-on/off tours include a stop at Abbey Road, and a guide can point out all kinds of interesting, lesser known facts for Beatles fans.
- How to get there
- Take the Jubilee Line train to St John's Wood station and walk east along Grove End Road to Abbey Road.
- Additional information
- Please keep in mind that general road traffic may not cooperate with your desire for the perfect picture. Stay safe!
What people are saying about Abbey Road
I am Denis and tickets were under sisters name.She, my friend Ryan and I met our guide Frank and immediately hit it off. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and has an easy way about him that puts you right at ease. I am a huge Beatles fanatic and I very much enjoyed discussing many things about the Fab Four. WE especially loved how he took pictues for all us as we crossed Abbey Road. Huge thanks to Frank for a super fun tour. If I have one complaint, it`s that the tour should have lasted forever...:)...Thanks again and we very highly recommend this tour!!!!!!!!
Stefan was a great tour guide who was very polite, knowledgeable and approachable. He welcomed questions and was an enthusiastic guide. We enjoyed seeing hidden places in London that were related to rock and roll history. Also a nice way to see London as a tourist as Stefan was quite happy to share some recommendations on what to see/do in the city in general. The length of the tour was perfect- short and sweet. Was great to be able to get out of the bus at the various sights as well. Would recommend to anyone interested in rock and roll history.
Our tour guide was the most passionate, fun, and knowledgeable guy for this Beatles tour. He took us around London and told us several stories about the Beatles, as well as other bands, and had pictures of the Beatles as well. My boyfriend and I learned a lot while on this tour and it all wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing tour guide, Collin.
Booked this tour as a surprise 69tg birthday present for my sister it was worth every penny and we enjoyed every bit of it, Dan Jim our guide was brilliant friendly and knowledgeable nothing was too much trouble for him - we want to do it again and try to remember everything
The tour was very informative, even for long time Beatle fans. It also provided a good view of several areas of London. Jim, the tour guide/driver, was very well informed and cooperative. He took great photos of us crossing at Abbey Road.