- London guide
Abbey Road achieved worldwide fame in the Swinging Sixties when The Beatles took up residence in Abbey Road Studios. They recorded all of their albums except one in the confines of EMI’s small, white recording studio. The only one to miss out was Let It Be – which they laid down at Apple Studios in Savile Row.
In 1969 they named their penultimate album after the road itself, and pictured themselves striding across the zebra crossing.
- Guest – “This wasn't quite what I expected. As a life long beatles fan I felt that I knew the abbey road cover like the back of my hand. But when I got there I actually walked past it, not realising that it was the actual crossing! It really is on a busy road, near a corner, whereas the cover makes it look almost like a leafy residential road. But once I had recovered my senses I did what I came for-- waited for a lull in the traffic and Marched across. There were actually two more people waiting to March across as well, and we all helped to take photographs of each other. Beatles fans are Friendly the world over! .”
- londonlover – “Im not the biggest beatles fan in the world and would never bother going to abbey road if I hadnt already been in the area, but I must say that I was completely underwhelmed. I obviously know the album cover (who doesn't?) And was looking out for the zebra crossing but I wouldn't have been sure that it was the right one unless someone hadn't pointed it out to me. The problem is that the album cover looks like a nice quiet, leafy residental street, but the crossing is actually near main busy road. If you look one way up the street it looks like the album cover, but if you look the other way it looks nothing like it. And trying to get a nice shot of yourself Marching across is impossible because one person has to stand a few foot away in the road, and its a busy road!.”
If you enjoy this then try: Carnaby Street (catch the tube from St Johns Wood to Oxford Circus) and King’s Road (catch the tube from St Johns Wood to Sloane Square).