The Beatles tour in London
- Published on Monday, 17 December 2012 21:55
- Last Updated on 17 December 2012
- Monica Costa
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I have never been able to answer the question ‘what’s your favorite Beatles’ song?’, not for lack of knowledge of the Fab Four but rather because I love all their songs and one way or another they all remind me to different people or aspects of my life. Who doesn’t like the Beatles anyway? I don’t think there is a single person in this world who dislikes them.
Well, you might think that Liverpool is the main city to visit if you are a Beatles fan but actually London is equally important if not more important.
And after 15 years living in this amazing Capital, I have finally realised that I don’t know it as well as I thought I did.
So with this in mind, I booked myself and my family (hubby and 6 year old son) to the Beatles tour via ……
and celebrity planet without knowing what to expect.
The best part of it all is that at the end of the tour I realised I learnt a lot about the Beatles but also about London. Our guide was Alex, a young actor who has lots of fun taking tourists (and Londoners) around the Capital telling them lots of anecdotes and stats, facts, and shows them amazing places full of history.
And this is not something you can really do yourself as you need someone like Alex who knows London like the back of his hands and that does not waste time finding locations (without GPS systems).
Apparently most people book the Harry Potter tour, however the Beatles tour makes you jump back to the Sixties where Pop Music was invented and London undoubtedly is the cradle of Pop Culture. I would recommend this tour to anybody, tourists but particularly Londoners who want to know their city a bit better.
Here is a list of few things we covered during the Beatles Tour:
24, Chapel street in Belgravia: It’s now a private house but used to be the property where the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein lived from 1965 to 1967 until he died young. In the mews around the corner there used to be stalls for horses and the ‘Horse & Groom’ pub there was the Beatles’ local pub in the Sixties and the place where they has all their meetings.
Les ambassadors Casino at Hyde Park is the venue where all scenes of a Hard Day’s Night dance scenes where filmed as well as the place where Sean Connery said for the first time the famous phrase ‘I am Bond, James Bond’.
Hard Rock Cafe at Old park lane has lots of Beatles memorabilia. I bet you knew that already…
57, Green street property in Mayfair: on the 3rd floor all four Beatles lived under one roof for one year. They were not popular with the neighbours, for obvious reasons. I would have loved to be their neighbour though. The first to move out was John Lennon, who moved to a bigger property with Cinthia and son Julian.
Burlington arcade : Did you know that it’s the only place in the UK where it’s illegal to whistle? If you were/are caught there to whistle, the beadle would tap on the shoulder and ask you to leave. Don’t try this unless you are Paul McCartney… He did it once but was allowed. Well, not everyone can whistle like Paul 🙂
Aspreys – Ringo in the Beatles’ film ‘Help’ came to this jewellery.
Palladium: it’s there were the Beatles performed for the first time at the variety show hosted by Bruce Forsyth. The Daily Mail used the world ‘Beatlemania’ for the first time.
Trident Studios in Wardour Street / in St annes court – The Beatles recorded here Hey Jude: it’s 7 minutes long song, the longest track ever recorded. These are famous studios where also the Queen and Lady Gaga among others recorded their albums.
Carnaby street: There’s an amazing mural of the Sargeant pepper album cover.
57 wimpole street: This is the place where Paul McCartney lived with ex girlfriend Jane Asher (her own house) until 1968 when he moved to 7 Cavendish avenue – He has lived in the latter property for 44 years and at the time it cost him only £40,000. Wow that is an amazing investment, Paul! Here Paul has a big music room at the top. I’d love to see it!
Abbey road studios and zebra crossing – no need to say how famous and popular this zebra crossing next to the studios is.
There’s a Beatles shop in Baker Street. Not to be missed.
Book this tour! You will love every minute of it and you will be sad when it’s finished. The things I mentioned here are just highlights but there’s so much more. I could write about a book about it now…. I promise. Watch this space.
Our tour was organised GoSeeDo.com, a website founded in 2012 by Attraction World, the UK’s leading attractions supplier to the travel trade.
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Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums