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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 to visitThe Abbey Road crossing is open all day, everyday, year round.
- What is the price?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 thereTake the Jubilee Line train to St John's Wood station and walk east along Grove End Road to Abbey Road.
- Additional tips
- 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
Booked for my wife's birthday, not sure whether it was my sort of thing, but really interesting, the tour guide was brilliant, full of facts, but had us laughing all the way round the tour. The three hours just flew. We had an absolute blast.
We were given headphones to listen to descriptions of areas of interest as we passed; we had a heads up before we arrived at each interest; from the top of the double decker bus (open on top deck) we had an excellent view of everything. Buses ran on schedule and the drivers gave us individual help with directions and sights. Next trip we take this is the way we'll tour, again. There are 3 HO HO bus lines in London, all with similar routes and scheduled stops. Ours, The Golden Tours HO HO, was great, AND we got one free extra day (through March 2016 I believe).
Good way to see parts of London that are not always covered by other tours. Our guide had good knowledge of the music industry due to his involvement in it. He was able to bring the characters to life as well as providing us with an historical perspective. Lots of fun and inclusive of all passengers with very varied taste in music.
Our Beatles tour was made very memorable by our guide Alan Anthony who was a very knowlagable, he was also fun to be with' loved the whoile tour.
When we booked the Rock Guided Tour we were expecting to understand better in what atmosphere the great music of London could be created. We also had many questions about the conditions that helped to develop such a huge industry. Bruce was perfectly prepared to all of them - even those about history and society. We were very happy that he didn't only talk about the Swinging Sixties, but also showed us venues where the punk bands played and the early 80s scene (U2, Elvis Costello, Dire Straits) met. One of the most touching moments was the visit to Amy Winehouse's house in Camden and the memorial on the opposite site. His good preparation included a very good music choice in his bus. The moment we passed the Winehouse site he played "Back in Black", while talking about Elton John's attempt to commit suicide he showed us the site where it happened and played us the song the artist wrote about it. So this is a very recommendable activity for everybody interested in pop and rock music.