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All being well I'll be spending a couple of days off in London next week, and was sort of thinking of Beatles landmarks to visit...

apart from Abbey Road, 3 Savile Row etc.. any other lesser known ones in th UK capital?

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25 August 2011
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Im not from London but there are guided tours of beatles places of interest in London. A google search will bring them up. One random site taken by pure chance is here.  I have never used it and didnt know it existed until 3 minutes ago; there may be a better suited one for you. It also lists the places it takes in so you can always use that as a guide and go yourself.

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Thankyou MMM .. I see there are quite a few sites for 'organized' walks although I was thinking about doing something for myself. Some good tips there tho.

ANyway now I am intrigued to know  "what John Lennon was doing outside some public toilets in 1966!"

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I wouldnt go on a guided tour as you have more freedom to do as you like.

 

John was filming a scene for Not Only… But Also, a British comedy with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook amongst others. John played the part of a nightclub doorman called Dan and the entrance was the stairs heading down to the public toilets. John's appearance, all 51 seconds is below.

 

Note: For anyone who has heard of it, L.S. Bumblebee, a song wrongly passed off as some Beatle thing in the 70's by many bootleggers, a clip of Dudley Moore and Peter Cook miming to it, followed by the above clip of John.

 

And then we have John's other appearance on Not Only… But Also with readings from In His Own Write. Filmed over 2 days in November 1964 it was broadcast by the BBC on 9th January 1965. Norman Rossington, Norm from A Hard Days Night also appears.  Joe has an entry for it.

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brilliant ! thank you! heart

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There's a very good book, The Beatles' London, co-written by Mark Lewisohn. It should give you all the locations you're ever likely to want to visit. I definitely recommend you visit Abbey Road - it's the one essential place to go to.

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Abbey Road Studios have a webcam to the zebra crossing in their site. If you go there, send a message to a friend and ask him to go to the website and "capture" the image of you waving at the camera or crossing the street that would be cool!! stuart-sutcliffestuart-sutcliffe

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Thanks for the tips guys . .I won't have time to get the book beforehand although I might pick it up in London.

 

Meantime I've also found:

 

Beatles Store, 231 Baker Street

- site of former Apple Store also on Baker Street, no. 94 apparently there's a JL plaque

 

34 Monatgue Square - house bought by Ringo then leased to John & Yoko, site of famous drug raid

 

former Indaca gallery seems to be in a courtyard somewhere and a bit out of the way. 

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mithveaen said:

Abbey Road Studios have a webcam to the zebra crossing in their site. If you go there, send a message to a friend and ask him to go to the website and "capture" the image of you waving at the camera or crossing the street that would be cool!! stuart-sutcliffestuart-sutcliffe

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 With Cumberbatch and Freeman included? *drools*

 

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Hi all - I'm back from my London trip.

 

Apart from the obligatory Abbey Road visit (which was actually quite an emotional experience) Beatles-wise I only got to see 3 Savile Road.

Apart from the fact that i was disappointed there was no blue plaque or anything, they were that very day (Sep 1st) erecting scaffolding onto the front of the building . .some restoration work obviously in progress, and badly needed too, given that all the surrounding buildings are dead 'posh'..

anyway I have just learned from the Beatles Coffee shop fb page that this is to become the Abercrombie & Fitch Kid's store..complementing the regular Abercrombie & Fitch which is just across the road on the corner with Burlington Gardens.

Well, as much as I hate the A&F ethos, I suppose 3 Savile Row is going into good hands.....

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Hey welcome back!! Did you have pics taken in Abbey Road?? apple01apple01

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mithveaen said:

Hey welcome back!! Did you have pics taken in Abbey Road?? apple01apple01

Thanks mith! I don't have them with me atm but I'll get something sorted!paul-mccartney

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Ok guys here are a few pics of my visit to Abbey Road - hope you can see, I've never used Google pics for sharing before.

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PS that's me in the last pic!

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YAYYYY!!! I'm jealous. blue-meanie

 

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cheers,

on a similar note here's a recent blog post on Abbey Road, August 8th 1969:

The road goes on forever

see also John Medd's Ticket to Ride blog post

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You can sit on the curb across from 57 Wimpole Street and talk about what happened in there. You might be lucky enough to find a coin on the ground while you are sitting there like I did. I carry that coin with me every day.

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Beatley things I did today:

1. London Palladium - Ron Nasty and I spent time thinking about what the street crowd would have been like on the night that led to birth of the word Beatlemania. RN mentioned that there is a theory that the cropping of the photograph disguised the size of the crowd. Maybe there wasn't as large of a crowd as some people assumed.

2. HMV - His Masters Voice music shop - where Brian brought the Decca Audition reel-to-reel tapes and had them transferred to disk. He was ushered upstairs and the series of events from there led him to George Martin. I bought a copy of Ocean's Kindom there.

3. 3 Savile Row - WHAT a thrill to stand there and gawk at that historic place. I stood on one of the steps up to the door while RN took my picture. A man walked out of the store next door and just smiled at me and laughed to himself. There is not a 3 on the building. You just figure it out because of the way it looks and it is next to number 2.

4. Saw the building on Monmouth street where Brian had an office from 1963-1964. The building is covered up with scaffolding right now, but the Blue Plaque is still visible. Brian liked that location in the Seven Dials area because it is in the theatre district.

5. 57 Wimpole Street - I refrained from trying to climb up the drain pipe to get to the attic windows to get into the room where Paul lived with the Ashers. While we were sitting on the curb across the street discussing what songs Paul and John wrote in that house, I found a 1 pence piece. I will treasure it always.

6. MPL headquarters on Soho square. I admit, I touched the building. I fan-girled majorly. There are pictures. I am glad there was a temporary construction wall between me and all the people in Soho Square Garden.

Edit: added from https://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/yesterday-and-today/rip-brian-epstein/page-4/#p236800

Ron Nasty and I went by 24 Chapel Street today. Brian moved here in January 1965. He died in the house in August 1967.

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