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London: Rock 'n' Roll History Bus Tour

1. London: Rock 'n' Roll History Bus Tour

Immerse yourself in the rock history of London and see the places that inspired some of the greatest musicians in the world. See memorabilia that dates back to the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and hear insights and stories from your knowledgeable guide. Find history and interesting rock anecdotes anywhere you turn in London. Visit Abbey Road, Soho, Camden Town, Mayfair, the Strand, or Piccadilly Circus, depending on the option chosen. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite stars of the British music scene. Go past famous recording studios and live music venues, and see the buildings where rock legends lived (and some sadly died). Ask your guide all the burning questions you ever had about your favorite artist.

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London: Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour

2. London: Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour

This 2.5-hour bus tour will give you an overview of The Beatles personal and professional lives from the early 1960s onwards. Starting in the fashionable borough of Kensington, your tour guide will start by pointing out the spot where The Beatles had their first London photoshoot. As your tour continues around London, your guide will share stories about John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s lives and careers. As you listen to the classics, you'll learn about Beatlemania and the ups and downs of the band's career. Another of the tour’s highlights is in St John’s Wood, outside Abbey Road Studios. Here, you’ll be able to walk over the famous zebra crossing as seen on the album cover of Abbey Road. After 2-5 hours of Beatles facts and fun, your tour comes to an end with a walk from Marylebone Station to the London Beatles Store where you can shop for merchandise or ask your tour guide any final questions.

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A Ticket to Ride: Beatles in London 50th Anniversary Tour

3. A Ticket to Ride: Beatles in London 50th Anniversary Tour

Take a ride through London to discover more than 35 sites made famous by the Beatles, charting the “Beatlemania” years from 1962 to 1970, and their solo years thereafter. This entertaining and fun minibus tour includes stops at some of the venues where the Fab Four played their earliest gigs, or at the only apartment where the four Beatles lived together. Drop by the Scotch of St James Club and other Beatle club and pub haunts. See the art gallery where John met Yoko, and the galleries where John staged his own art shows. Drive past famed photo locations used for album covers, publicity shots, and even during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour. See the famous Abbey Road Crossing; and yes, you do get to walk across! And of course, take a look at the site of their final live performance, the roof-top of Apple Studios. Your ‘Ticket to Ride’ includes live commentary from a specialist Beatle-guide who re-tells Beatle history as it happened, with music and film footage helping recreate those magic years. This is the perfect way to while away an evening in London, and celebrate 50 years of the Fab Four with lots of stops and photo opportunities along the way.

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Iconic London: Bard, Beatles, Bond & Baker Street

4. Iconic London: Bard, Beatles, Bond & Baker Street

Enjoy a fun-packed 3 hour tour by iconic London black cab and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare, The Beatles, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes. Alas, poor Yorick will not be joining you, but you will get to see where the Bard – aka William Shakespeare – lived, wandered, and possibly drank! All of this may be elementary when you stop at 221b Baker Street – aka the home of Sherlock Holmes. See where Holmes’s creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle really did live and practice medicine. Follow clues across London, taken from the books and films. You’ll be shaken and stirred as you enter the world of James Bond – aka 007. Visit Bond creator Ian Fleming’s house, the home of MI5 and MI6, and locations from famous Bond movies. With all those spies, you would think you were back in the USSR. But you are not; you are on the Beatles section of your tour. Travel back to ‘60s swinging London in the footsteps of the Fab Four, and discover where they lived, worked, played - and probably drank!

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Rock ‘n Roll London Tour By London Taxi

5. Rock ‘n Roll London Tour By London Taxi

Rock n’ roll your way around London on a scenic 3-hour drive by iconic London taxi. Discover the houses and venues where the stars lived and played, crossing the city from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles HQ, via Freddie Mercury’s former home, and lots more besides. See where Elton John studied music. Discover where Pink Floyd set off flying pigs. Explore the world of the Swinging Sixties, Flower Power, and the Mods and Rockers. The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Kinks, and Eric Clapton all put in an appearance. While Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Bob Marley, and The Bee Gees are all in hot pursuit. It may even be possible to visit a suite that Jimi Hendrix occupied prior to his sudden death, and see how the rooms have been carefully restored with their retro look, complete with prints of the man himself.

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In the Footsteps of Pink Floyd Cambridge & London Tour

6. In the Footsteps of Pink Floyd Cambridge & London Tour

Explore the story of Pink Floyd on a full-day tour of London and Cambridge, traveling in small groups for a more intimate exeperience. The legendary group’s roots can be traced back to the medieval city of Cambridge, one of the UK’s prettiest towns. Walk among the dreamy spires of its pastoral environs, and learn about the impact the city had on Pink Floyd’s music. Your guide will take you through song titles and lyrics from tracks such as “Granchester Meadows,” “Bike,” “High Hopes” and “The Wall” as you visit the family homes of Barratt, Gilmour and Waters. See where the boys went to school and hung out in city center pubs, cafés and music stores. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own, and watch the punters on the River Cam. Go to historic Kings College, and walk in the footsteps of famous men at Silver Street Bridge. Return to London to discover the famous “Ally Pally” hill-top venue of the legendary “14-Hour Technicolour Dream.” Enjoy panoramic views of London, and go to the only London house where the original band members lived together as students. The tour also takes in early rehearsal rooms, Pink Floyd’s own Britannia Road Studios, and the legendary studios at Abbey Road, where they recorded their greatest albums. A number of other Central London locations will be included, depending on traffic. No Pink Floyd tour would be complete without seeing Battersea Power Station, site of the most iconic Floyd album cover of all time.

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London: Beatles Magical Tour by Black Cab

7. London: Beatles Magical Tour by Black Cab

Climb aboard an iconic London cab for a "Ticket to Ride" the capital in the footsteps of the legendary Beatles. The 3-hour private drive will take you to the places where they worked, played, and performed. Although famously from Liverpool, the Fab Four spent much time in London, and you wlll take a trip down memory lane to the era of the swinging ‘60s. Music of the era will be played and sung while you tour, and your guide - who grew up during the period - will tell personal stories and share photos of the Fab Four. Visit Abbey Road, stopping to cross and photograph the famous zebra crossing. See the house where Paul wrote “I wanna hold your hand.” Learn where John and Yoko met. And see where they held a rooftop concert. Discover where Paul’s modern-day music office is. Hear stories of the friendships with other groups, such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, and Eric Clapton. Listen to tales of legendary parties, and learn about the clothes, drugs, and attitudes of London’s Swinging Sixties.

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London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

8. London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

Experience London like never before and hire a professional photographer for an exclusive photo session against some of the city’s most striking backdrops. Choose between a 1- or 2-hour session, with a choice of focus for the session as well. Your friendly personal photographer will create stunning photos of you against London backdrops as you discover the city’s charms. The photo-documentary style of photography is unobtrusive and natural, and perfect for capturing special occasions or simply candid moments during your trip. In the vibrant street life of London, there’s plenty of photo-worthy scenes to be found at every street corner. You could be cycling around the city, taking a stroll along trendy shopping streets, relaxing in one of the many parks, reveling in London’s cultural offerings, or just kicking back and enjoying a beer and a meal at a traditional pub. Photo sessions are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods. The most popular itineraries include: • Jack The Ripper’s London: Take a walk through the East End of London and retrace the footsteps of Jack the Ripper. From Whitechapel to Brick Lane, you’ll have lots of photo opportunities in the dark heart of London's East End. Travel back in time to the late 1800s. Take a walk through the sprawling markets of Petticoat Lane and Commercial Road, and on to the darkened corners of Mitre Square and Bucks Row! • Royal London: Explore the area around Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard. See Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye, and South Bank. • Beatles London: Re-enact the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing and explore Carnaby Street, the London hub of the swinging 60s. Alternatively, the photographers encourage you to choose your own locations that suit your personality and style.

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London: The Beatles Walking Tour

9. London: The Beatles Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four. Learn how London helped shape the Beatles and see the mark they left on the city in return. See where Beatlemania began, as you walk the streets that were scenes of a wild frenzy whenever the band appeared. Have your photo taken on the Abbey Road crossing and imitate the legendary cover of the 1969 album. Visit Carnaby Street, the epicenter of cool during the Swinging Sixties in London. Visit film locations used in A Hard Day's Night and Help! as well as recording studios of some of the band’s most famous albums. See the homes and hangouts – past and present – graced by John, Paul, Ringo, and George.

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London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

10. London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

Rock music was born and raised in the tiny backstreets and alleys of Soho. It’s here you find basement clubs, rehearsal rooms, pubs and recording studios where the bands made their first tentative steps towards stardom. You’ll see and hear about the Marquee, Knuckles, 100 Club, the Roxy, Ronnie Scott’s Club,  legendary UFO, the history of rock and it’s foundations, from blues and jazz to skiffle, folk, and into the heart of swingin' 60s classic rock, through to the new wave/new romantic movements of the 80s. Then, there are the studios like Trident and De Lane Lea where Queen, Genesis, Bowie, Bolan and others made seminal albums. Beatle fans will enjoy seeing Macca’s Golden Disc covered office, early show sites, the theatre they owned, and the early NEMS office. On ‘Tin Pan Alley’, you’ll hear about the Stone’s first recording session, Elton’s ‘Woolworth’ albums and how Bowie lived in a caravan. You’ll see where the Sex Pistols rehearsed and lived, where Bob Dylan played his first London gig, and where Hendrix and Phil Lynott, amongst many past and present guitar heroes, bought and continue to buy their instruments. Among many seminal locations on this tour, you’ll see where Bill Haley launched rock’n’roll onto London and where Cliff Richard, Tommy Steel, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury and others followed his lead; you’ll see where Pink Floyd cut ‘The Wall’ and Joy Division made ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’; where U2 played one of their first London gigs in front of 8 people. You’ll see apartments and homes of Bob Marley, Pete Townsend, Elton, the Sex Pistols, Ritchie Blackmore, Bowie, Syd Barrett, the Gallagher brothers, and where Amy Winehouse ended her short and problem-filled life. Take a walk in your favorite's footsteps, through narrow, winding streets of what is London's entertainment district. See the clubs, recording studios, early gig sites, and places where your fave bands have played. Glimpse the world-famous Camden Markets and canal, an area known for street art, where a guy called Banksy started too. Long before Amy Winehouse made Camden her playground, it was the stomping ground for hippie London, The Clash, then Madness and U2 in the 80s, Oasis and their Brit Pop rivalries in the 90s.  The tour culminates with time at Abbey Road where you'll walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four across that famed crosswalk!

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Planning Your Visit

  • Tell your friends and family

    What would a visit to Abbey Road be without a saunter across the most famous zebra crossing in the world? As the crossing is recorded by a live, 24-hour webcam feed that can be watched online, you can tell your friends and family to watch you follow in the Beatles' footsteps! All they need to do is visit the following website at an agreed time: http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing

  • Recreate the Abbey Road album cover

    If you'd like to take home a snapshot of yourself recreating the iconic Abbey Road album cover, a man stands by the zebra crossing all day, taking pictures in exchange for a fee.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Abbey Road crossing is open all day, everyday, year round.
  • Is it expensive?
    While it's free to cross Abbey Road, tours and souvenir photos can cost extra.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Hop-on/off tours include a stop at Abbey Road, and a guide can point out all kinds of interesting, lesser known facts for Beatles fans.
  • How to get there
    Take the Jubilee Line train to St John's Wood station and walk east along Grove End Road to Abbey Road.
  • Additional information

    • Please keep in mind that general road traffic may not cooperate with your desire for the perfect picture. Stay safe!

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What people are saying about Abbey Road

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 518 reviews

We came all the way to London from the United States for this tour. We had seen a You Tube video and the tour guide was excellent. She lived up to all of our expectations and more. She is so knowledge and made the tour so interesting. Well worth our trip across the ocean to do this your. I highly recommend this to anyone wanted to experience Rock n Roll history and Abbey Road. She made sure everything got that famous shot.

Guide, Colin, arrived promptly and was extremely knowledgeable. We went through Kensington, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Muswell Hill and more. We saw parts of London we had never seen before and properties owned by rock stars as well as studios where their music was recorded. If you're not really into rock it's worth it for the tour of London and for rock fans it's really, really interesting. Would certainly recommend it!

Really fantastic tour from Lee. Took us to all the places we wanted. Told lots of great stories, and played some great tunes. This is a must for any music fan.

Loved the stories and the music .... Our guide had good knowledge .... I posted it on my face book and have a few friends interested to do the tour

Amazing! Jim was great, we even got in a dance number. Very knowledgeable and fun. Would HIGHLY recommend.