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It was 40 years ago today

That's 4 done, 85 to go ... a patient van driver.

That’s 4 done, just 85 more to go … a patient van driver at Abbey Road.

Hundreds of Beatles fans congregated at London’s Abbey Road on Saturday 8 August to mark the 40th anniversary of the Abbey Road photo shoot – quite spectacular, the place was really overrun, and a few Beatles lookalikes turned up too.

John, Paul, George and Ringo were photographed walking across the zebra crossing on the 1969 Abbey Road album cover and no day goes past without re-enactments by the public.

Abbey Road London, The Beatles

Abbey Road London, The Beatles

The album was originally going to be called Everest after the recording engineer’s favourite brand of cigarettes and there was talk of a photo shoot in the Himalayas. In the end they decided on the pedestrian crossing outside the Abbey Road studios in North London where they were recording, not only creating the iconic cover but also an easy to reach site for Beatles pilgrims (apart from the Nepalese ones ..)

Ask your tour guide to include Abbey Road on one of our personal London sightseeing tours or try the Downtown Abbey tours by car or minibus.

Also see our Quicktime 360 panorama of Abbey Road Incidentally the street sign featured in the VR is no longer there – the council removed it to save the expense of it being graffitied and/or walked off with by members of the public.

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-  Jason
British Tours

One thought on “It was 40 years ago today

  1. I do a Beatles tour of London myself – definitely one of the more popular ones. Of course Abbey Rd. is a prominent feature of the tour – and the infamous zebra crossing is always always filled with people waiting to emulate the album cover. It never ceases to amaze me.

    I also like to point out the changing graffiti outside the studio itself which gets painted over every few weeks. I don’t know if I have ever seen that wall completely blank after it has been recently painted though!