Beatles in London – timeline


The Beatles travel to London on the way to Hamburg. Pick up waiter from opposite 2 Is Coffee Bar

.10 December 1961

Blue Gardenia Club after Aldershot


I’d just about given up on finding the Blue Gardenia Club, and consigned it to the imagination of Sam Leach, when again it is mentioned in a book! Read the full story here


1st January 1962

Decca Audition

The Beatles with Pete Best in Liverpool

The Beatles audition with Decca Records took place on  New Year’s Day 1962. The session had been secured through the Beatles new manager, Brian Epstein, and Mike Smith from Decca, who had already seen the Beatles perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Read the full story here

.February 1962 

Meetings at HMV Shop lead to Brian Epstein meeting George Martin


4th/11th September 1962

Recording Love Me Do at EMI

The Beatles had first been to the Studios on June 6th 1962, for their first recording session, but nothing from that session was deemed fit to release as the Beatles first single, even though they did record a version of Love Me Do. Read the full story here

.11th February 1963

Recording Please Please Me LP at EMI

13th October 1963

Sunday Night at the London Palladium

31st October 1963

Beatlemania at Heathrow Airport – Ed Sullivan Plane delayed

4th November 1963

Royal Command Performance

22nd February 1964

Fly back from America to rapturous welcome at London airport

2nd March 1964

Begin filming A Hard Day’s Night

6th July 1964 

London Premiere of A Hard Day’s Night

March 1965

Receive MBE medals from Queen at Buckingham Palace

1st May 1966            

Last scheduled Beatles concert appearance at NME awards

.November 1966

John meets Yoko at Indica Art Gallery

28th November 1966

The Beatles start recording sessions that produce Sgt Pepper

10th February 1967

Recording orchestral section of A Day in the Life

25th June 1967

Beatles record All You Need is Love at EMI

27th August 1967

Brian Epstein dies in home in Chapel Street

11th September 1967

Commence filming Magical Mystery Tour

5th December 1967

John and George attend party for opening of Apple Shop

July 1968

Apple moves to 3 Savile Row

.30th January 1969

Last ever live performance on roof of 3 Savile Row

12th March 1969 

Paul McCartney marries Linda at Marylebone Register Office

8th August 1969 

Abbey Road Album Cover shoot

22nd August 1969

Last Beatles Photo session at Tittenhurst Park