“ Re-live the days of the Beatles on London this walking tour. The tour begins at Marylebone Tube. „
There are a vast number of walks available in London that aren't just based on history. If you visit www.londonwalks.com you will find a myriad of walks around the city and beyond based on actual people and events. Theres a Blitz walk, a Samuel Pepys walk, a Jack the Ripper Walk (highly recommended) and a Beatles walk. All the walks take you to actual places where actual events happened - the Ripper walk for example takes you to the places where the 'whores' were murdered. Each walk is done by a guide who takes you round to these places and talks about it.
Meeting at Marylebone station, Sarah and I found our 'guide' for the Beatles tour. I had no idea I was going on this walk, as it was a surprise from Sarah for my birthday. So why Marylebone Station? Well as our guide told us and showed us from a variety of pictures he had in a plastic folder was the place where The Beatles filmed the opening scenes for A Hard Days Night. This was the place where screaming girls chased the Fab Four in and out of taxis, hid in a phone box (now a Marks and Spencer outlet) and where Paul McCartney disguised himself with a beard.
From Marylebone Station our guide took us to the registry office where Paul and Linda got married. It was also the place where Ringo married Barbara Bach. When we were there a marriage was taking place - the guide too also got married there! We then walked from there to the place where John and Yoko lived. It was quite a small little basement flat, but they had the infamous photograph for the 'Two Virgins' taken there.
We also went to the famous Apple shop, now an office for Reed Employment. Back in the 60's it was daubed with psychedelic colours which didn't last for very long until it was ordered to be painted over. From there we visited the Indian restaurant from Help! And Paul's flat that he shared with Jane Asher.
A short bus ride late and we were at Abbey Road studios. It was incredibly what with hundreds of people wanting to recreate the infamous Abbey Road pose. The traffic was very busy and reluctant for people to wait too long - a far cry from the calm day the Beatles had in 1969.
What was really amazing was how close all of these locations were to one another. Its good to go to places that you have seen in films and Beatles footage and see what they are like now. Some people might not 'gettit' because they don't know much about the Beatles. Sarah really doesn't know a huge amount about them, but really enjoyed the walk.
The walk lasted around an hour and a half and cost seven pounds. If you are a Beatles fan and know a bit of the background, this probably helps. I suggest reading Paul McCartney's 'Many Years From Now' which documents the Beatles lives in London in the 60's. This is a really amazing book and tour and is well worth doing.
For more information visit the website and book yourself one of the walks in London