Visit London Blog » the beatles Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ First Single with a Trip to London Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:30:05 +0000

It’s now 50 years since The Beatles released their debut single, Love Me Do. The Fab Four quickly gained international fame, and many key moments in their ensuing career took place in London. To celebrate this important anniversary and the band’s close association with the capital, you can explore the sites listed below, all of which provide a great opportunity to connect with the world of Ringo, George, John and Paul.

Abbey Road
Pay a visit to the world’s most famous pedestrian crossing, located in St John’s Wood, where you and your friends can recreate the band’s iconic album cover. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments at the nearby Beatles Coffee Shop.

Beatles Tours
Beatles experts, including Beatles Coffee Shop owner Richard Porter, conduct regular tours of London locations relevant to the band. There are a wide range of tours to choose from, both pedestrian and chauffeur-driven, and you can see everything from studios and film locations to the church in which several band members were married.

Madame Tussauds
Get up close to the Beatles in their heyday thanks to the startlingly realistic wax figures of the band at Madame Tussauds. Make sure you get a photo with your favourite Beatle!

Let It Be
Enjoy an innovative theatrical experience at the Prince of Wales Theatre, where the Beatles’ history is retold through film footage and the live performance of more than 20 of their greatest hits. Let It Be is on in London until January next year – book your ticket now.

British Music Experience
Head to The O2 in Greenwich for an immersive introduction to the best of British music, which of course includes The Beatles! Using images, video and a wealth of audio clips, the British Music Experience brings The Beatles’ magic alive, and you can even see John Lennon’s glasses.

Beatles Shop
For the perfect end to your trip, head to this charming shop for a unique souvenir. The Beatles Store offers everything from mugs and t-shirts to platinum-coated albums.

Which Beatles hotspots have you visited in London and are there any we’ve missed?

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London Video of the Week: Michael Abroad: Part I (London) Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:00:15 +0000

We love spotting the creative videos visitors to London make while they here.

Here’s a particularly cool example from Michael Sokil, a musician from Merion, Pennsylvania who’s made something of a pilgrimmage to the Abbey Road Studios while in London!

Don’t forget to share your London videos with us

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Tommy Nutter: Rebel on the Row at the Fashion & Textile Museum Fri, 20 May 2011 11:00:55 +0000 The latest exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum celebrates the work of Tommy Nutter (1943-1992), Savile Row’s rebel tailor.

During the swinging 60s, the understated traditional suits of Savile Row were considered boring and the fashionable flocked to menswear boutiques on Carnaby Street for brightly coloured suits and shirts. When Nutters of Savile Row opened in 1969, the two worlds collided. Rock stars, artists and the stylish embraced Nutter’s bespoke suits because they were fashionable as well as beautifully crafted.

The exhibition includes suits, jackets, sketches and a couple of pieces of knitwear. Some of the suits are very much of their time, made from velvet or satin, with flares and flouncy trim. They are the sort of outfits worn by celebs on those old episodes of Morecombe and Wise. But the Fashion & Textile Museum understands the zeitgeist and these suits feel unexpectedly fresh and exciting.

As well as fans of fashion, tailoring and style, this exhibition is also perfect for music fans as suits have been loaned by stars like Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Cilla Black and Elton John. Nutter made astonishing jumpsuits for Elton’s 80s tours, as well as a coral flared jumpsuit for Neil Sedaka which is amusingly 70s. It says a lot about Nutter’s star-attracting style that one of The Beatles turned up at the exhibition’s private view last night. (Ringo! Very exciting.)

Admission also includes entry to a small photography exhibition of work by Justin De Villeneuve featuring Twiggy at the legendary London department store Biba.

Tommy Nutter is on at the Fashion and Textile Museum from 20 May to 22 October 2011. Adult £8, concessions £5.

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London Photo of the Week: Abbey Road Sat, 20 Nov 2010 09:00:58 +0000

Have you been to Abbey Road with your friends to recreate the famous Beatles Abbey Road album cover? Ktominac has and shared the photo with the Visit London Flickr group.

If you’ve photographed something interesting in London, perhaps Her Majesty or an octopus’s garden, enter our Only in London Flickr photo competition by adding your photos to the group and tag them onlyinlondon2010. You could win top price tickets to award-winning musical Jersey Boys and a night for two at the Thistle Marble Arch with a bottle of champagne!

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Cilla Black Unveils New Brian Epstein Plaque in Seven Dials Tue, 28 Sep 2010 11:47:28 +0000 Brian Epstein's new plaque Cilla shows off the new plaque Cilla smiles for the cameras with David Bieda Chairman of the Seven Dials Trust, and Jonathan Simpson, Mayor of Camden

I popped down to Seven Dials this morning to see the unveiling of a new plaque to Brian Epstein, the legendary music manager from the 1960s.

As well as managing The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers from 13 Monmouth Street from around 1963, Brian also guided Cilla Black to stardom.

And Cilla was up bright and early this morning to reveal the blue heritage plaque honouring Brian Epstein and his work.

The former Blinde Date presenter described Brian: “He was a great man, the man that I knew - a true gentleman.

“He believed in me and I certainly believed in him. If he’d said ‘you can climb Mount Everest’, I would have said ‘where’s my backpack? I’m off’. I really would, because I believed in him.”

“I wrote to Paul McCartney a couple of years ago because I think Brian should be honoured in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in America. That’s what I want,” she added.

The plaque has been installed by the Seven Dials Trust, which aims to protect and enhance the conservation area. It’s the first of a series of People’s Plaques that are going to be introduced to the area.

Check out more photos of the unveiling on flickr.

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