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Directions to Abbey Road London

By Edited Oct 23, 2016 2 3

Travelers visiting London often want to know how to get to Abbey Road Studio and the famous zebra crosswalk from the 1969 Beatles Abbey Road album cover where the band is shown walking across Abbey Road.

Many assume that the Abbey Road Studio came first, but actually Abbey Road came first, and the Beatles named the album after the street. The studio was named EMI before being renamed Abbey Road Studios in 1970 after the Beatles album became world famous.

The Abbey Road Studios was built as a townhome in the 1830s before being converted to apartments. It became a music studio in about 1931. After hosting many famous recording artists the studios were almost sold to private developers in 2009. The British Government stepped in and designated Abbey Road Studios as a historic site in 2010. The building still stands a #3 Abbey Road.

Directions to Abbey Road

Reaching Abbey Road by the London Underground is simple. Simply locate the St John's Wood Station on the Underground map and plot a course from your current location. St. John's Wood is a district of north-west London where the station and Abbey Road are located.

  1. Exit the St. John's Wood Station and walk 2 blocks Southwest along Grove End Road until it intersects Abbey Road (about 1/4 mile). At the Abbey Road/Grove End intersection look for a plaque commemor

    ating the Abbey Road album and the famous zebra crosswalk. When you take photos be careful on the busy street.

  2. Abbe Road Studio's Wall
    Abbey Road Studio's Wall of Signatures

    Nearby you can see the Abbey Road Studios, a white building with a low wall in front. Traditionally visitors write their names and messages on the wall (which is repainted every month, so your mark will be fleeting).

    The Abbey Road Studios are a working business and are not open to tourists. Photos and remembering the songs recorded by Abbey Road are free though.

    There are many other interesting sites in London including the Tower of London.

    More Information on the Abbey Road Zebra Crossing

    The Heritage Ministry of the British Government has awarded the iconic zebra crossing at Abbey Road a Grade II listed status. With official recognition as a nationally important monument and increased protection the the famous zebra crossing outside the Abbey Road Studios will continue to draw hundreds of fans from everywhere in the world.

    The Beatles launched the crosswalk into stardom when they were pictured walking across the zebra crossing on the cover of their 1969 album 'Abbey Road'. Since 1969 fans have imitated the album cover, tying up traffic and endangering pedestrian lives for the perfect shot mimicking the Fab Four.

    Paul McCartney issued a statement in response to the news of the crossing being designated as a heritage site stating it was "the icing on the cake" of a "great year" for him.

    A spokesperson for English Heritage noted that: "This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to The Beatles and a 10-minute photoshoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage."

    The Abbey Road Crossing is not without controversy though. It is thought by many fans that the Abbey Road crossing has actually been moved south-east or somewhat North of the position shown on the Beatle's cover.

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Comments

Dec 6, 2010 9:04am
Deborah-Diane
I have been to London, and didn't think to look for Abbey Road. Wish I had read your article before we went. Next time, I'll know!
Dec 21, 2010 7:05pm
Introspective
Good info! I know some people who will be traveling to London soon; I will be telling them about your article. Thanks!
Feb 4, 2011 4:47am
JadeDragon
If you love the Beatles, it is a must see. Also a rare free attraction in London.
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