24th April – The Beatles In Pubs!

24th April throughout the years sees the Beatles in various pubs!

1960 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney appear together in the Fox and Hounds pub in Caversham, Berkshire. The pub was run by Mike and Bett Robbins, Paul’s cousin. John and Paul hitched from Liverpool, and were asked to play a few songs as a duet. They chose the name ‘The Nerk Twins’ for the occasion – the only time just the two of them performed live.

1964. The Beatles attend the ‘wrap party’ for the completion of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ The party is held in Winchester Hall, the function room of the Turks Head pub, which was used in the film as the location where Ringo interrupts all the pub games. It is thought the Beatles sang a few songs at the party, but this has not been confirmed.

1965. The Beatles film a scene for ‘Help!’ at the City Barge pub at Strand on the Green, Chiswick.  In this scene the Beatles are seen emerging through Post Office Alley – a very attractive walkway down to the River Thames. On the riverside they are confronted by men dressed up as Scotsmen, who are actually from the dreaded Kahili, the sect that are trying to kill Ringo. The Beatles run into the City Barge to escape, but Ringo falls through a trap door into the basement to be confronted by a tiger. The Beatles have to leave the pub by throwing themselves through a plate glass window! Visitors to the pub do not have these problems today – the interior scenes were shot in the film studio, and the pub does not even have a basement. Even without the Beatles connection, this is a great pub in a wonderful location.

The City Barge Pub, Strand on the Green, Chiswick

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