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London's Abbey Road: Top 5 Amazing Facts About the Beatles

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.

  • Conspiracy Theory

    1. Conspiracy Theory

    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.

  • Disney World

    2. Disney World

    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.

  • Devil Horns

    3. Devil Horns

    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.

  • The Lord of the Rings

    4. The Lord of the Rings

    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.

  • Catcher in the Rye

    5. Catcher in the Rye

    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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Tell your friends and family

    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

  • Recreate the Abbey Road album cover

    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.

Good to know

  • 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 514 reviews

Amazing tour with the most excellent tour guide ever. Jim turned out to be an encyclopedia of London Rock’n’ roll History, able to entertain and give an interesting perspective from behind the wheel as we snaked around the most amazing alleys and roads of London. A perfect tour for anyone, old or young, with the slightest interest in where great music happened.

We had a great time exploring The rock n roll sites around London including many past and present homes of rock musicians. The only negative was that I had a bit of a limited view of the sites out the window of the bus and most sites being on the left side of the bus, but overall was a very enjoyable experience. The guide was informative and funny.

See a lot of historical rock sites and learn about some interesting history. Would have liked to get off of the bus a few more times to allow for better pictures but that was made up for by getting the Abbey Road album cover re-creation. That was an awesome photo op.

Jim, our guide, was very knowledgeable and engaging - full of fascinating stories about rock and roll history. He also shared his own experiences of seeing some of the artists. It was a great combination of seeing where people lived, recorded and played etc.

Was the BEST thing I did in London!!! Should’ve just done this every other day instead of all the expensive, dorky touristy things. I’ll remember this for life!