#5: Stop traffic on Abbey Road

This should be one of every tourist’s stops in London, but I’m surprised at how many people have never done this. Grab 4 friends (3 others to be in the […]

This should be one of every tourist’s stops in London, but I’m surprised at how many people have never done this. Grab 4 friends (3 others to be in the picture and one to take it) and head on down to St. John’s Wood. Every Beatles fan’s fantasy, every car driver’s nightmare — the reenactment of the infamous Beatles cover of Abbey Road.

In 1969, photographer Iain Macmillan spent about ten minutes taking just six pictures of The Beatles walking across the zebra crossing just outside of the studio entrance. Who would have know it would become part of the London tourism circuit and popular music culture.  And as of December 2010, the crossing was designated a site of national importance by the British government and given a Grade II Listed Building  status by English Heritage.

The tin Abbey Road street sign on the corner of Grove End Road and Abbey Road is now mounted high on the building on the corner. Why? To save the local council the expense of cleaning and replacing the sign, which was frequently defaced and stolen. The council have to repaint the wall next to the crossing every three months to cover fans graffiti.

Tube Station:  St John’s Wood

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