London's rock music history is legendary, with homegrown artists such as the Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and David Bowie, plus some of the world's most iconic venues and studios. Perhaps the most famous band of all is The Beatles, and while the Fab Four hailed from Liverpool, Beatlemania swept the capital too. If you're a fan, don't miss these top sites.
London's nightlife district is dotted with The Beatles sites, and London rock tours often stop by the apartment where The Beatles wrote the hit song "Yesterday," Tin Pan Alley, Paul McCartney's MPL office, and Ronnie Scott's jazz club.
The Apple HQ offices at 3 Savile Row hold a unique place in rock music history. It was here, on the roof of the central London office complex, where The Beatles played their final public performance, an unforgettable rooftop concert, on January 30, 1969.
John and Yoko's Flat
A popular stop on Beatles tours of London is the former residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Marylebone. The memorable cover of their "Two Virgins" album was taken here, and today it's an English Heritage building with a plaque dedicated to the pair out front.
Hard Rock Café London
Step inside The Vault at London's Hard Rock Café and discover a trove of rare Beatles memorabilia, including John Lennon's handwritten lyrics and musical instruments.
At the top of the itinerary for Beatles fans is Abbey Road Studios (formerly EMI studios), the London recording studio where the band made "Abbey Road," the "White Album," and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" with producer George Martin. Fans can catch a glimpse of this historic St. John's Wood studio and more importantly, walk the famous crossing where John, Paul, George, and Ringo posed for the cover of "Abbey Road."