Both the studio and the nearby pedestrian crossing remain key tourist attractions, with a steady stream of Beatles’ fans desperate to get that ubiquitous snapshot walking, skipping or dancing along the iconic black and white stripes. It’s a symbol so interwoven with British pop culture and so popular among tourists, that there’s even a live web cam permanently focused on the crossing, enabling friends and family members to view each other’s Beatles walk of fame in real-time from anywhere in the world.
Abbey Road Recording studio is also a tourist hotspot in itself, having produced a mind-blowing resume of classic records and movie scores, since it opened its doors back in 1931. Everyone from Pink Floyd to Lady Gaga has recorded there, alongside soundtracks for global blockbusters like the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films. Housed in an early 19th-century townhouse, now a Grade II listed building, the studio is mostly closed to the public, although occasional live music sessions and events do take place inside, and the long-standing tradition of scrawling graffiti on the entrance wall of the building is still undertaken by visitors from all over the world. Don’t expect your message to go down in rock history though – the graffiti wall is so popular, it’s re-painted each month.
The tour was worth it! Three hours with one of the most knowledgeable tour guides I have ever met. We took the three hour, afternoon tour and saw the homes of members of the Rolling Stones, Hendrix's apartment, Paige's house and so on. Tour culminated with a stop at Abbey Road. Despite not wanting to look like a super-tourist, the tour guide snapped a quick picture for us, which I am very grateful for!
Nora was an amazing tour guide ! She was knowledgable and made the tour so much fun! A must do in London! I think she went Above and beyond to make this tour memorable. There's so much history in London it was great to be led by a mini van instead of the walking tour. And Abbey road!!! Awesome!
Our tour guide was Mike from Chicago. The highlight of course was crossing Abbey Road and taking photos. Overall tour was great - so many points of interest noting homes of Brain Epstein, Jimmy Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Mama Cass Also a final stop at the London Hard Rock Cafe (the very first one) and how it all started. Great tour, would highly recommend it. Mike provides many interesting stories of Rock stars.