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Beatles London Film Locations

Beatles London Film Locations

Join the Beatles in London from the comfort of your own home for the unique interactive experience – Beatles London Film Locations! 

Welcome to my Beatles London Film Locations Tour live and interactive virtual experience!

This online tour is a unique opportunity to join the Beatles as they were making Help!Let it Be and A Hard Day’s Night in London, and meet other fans from all over the world, from the comfort of your own home.

  • Buy a ticket to ride to see sights from the Beatles iconic films!
  • See the lovely gardens where the videos for Paperback Writer and Rain were shot,
  • The pub where Ringo encounters a tiger in Help!
  • And Twickenham Film studios, where many of the Beatles films were created.
  • Do you know where the Beatles met the Rolling Stones? Come on this tour to find out

This is a live online tour, and that there will be a Q & A session at the end. It is a great opportunity to meet fans from around the world!


How exciting is it to be in the Beatles video? Some time ago I met Bengt Ahlstrom, who was 19 in 1968 and travelling in Europe by car. He met a girl from Apple in Oxford Street, and she gave him an invite to join the recording session of Hey Jude with the Beatles!

Beatles letter Apple Corps

Apple Corps Letter

Read the full story in my blog here


May 1966. The Beatles are filming promo videos of Rain and Paperback Writer at Chiswick House grounds. Inevitably, the news reaches the nearby school, and scores of girls assault the park gates, in the hope of getting a glimpse of their heroes. One girl managed to get through, and got to have a chat with John and George – lucky her! Learn more about the filming at Chiswick House on this tour


Help! The Beatles are being chased by the Dreaded Kaili along the Thames towpath and into the City Barge pub. Make a virtual trip to the ‘then’ and ‘now’ scene of the famous moment from Help! – no tigers are to be found there today!

City Barge Pub in the 60s and today

City Barge Pub in the 60s and today


Where would you want to be on a cold and dreary day in January? In 1969 the Beatles wanted to be in a Roman amphitheatre in the middle of the desert in Tunisia – that was the original idea for a hypothetical concert the Beatles would film for their next project. What happened in reality could not be more different. The filming of the rehearsals began in Twickenham film studios in early January. Great as the studio was for making movies, it was not suitable for music making – from freezing cold premises to timings (they had to start early in the morning to fit in with the film crew), the whole process caused them a misery! They did not get on among themselves, and at some point, George left the band, only to rejoin when the filming was transferred to the Apple studio in Savile Row. However, some fun was had – after all, the Beatles were making music, and that’s what they were about! This is clear from the trailer, announcing the release of the official Peter Jackson documentary Get Back later on this November.

Read more about the new release of Get Back film in my post

Let It Be: How the Beatles tried to get back to their roots


Few child actors had the luck of the 13 year old David Jackson, who made a cameo appearance in A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. His character, a young truant, threw a tyre along the Thames tow path at Kew, which knocked Ringo off his feet. That was the idea, but they had to do this again and again, because the tyre kept missing Ringo! This story was told to me by David himself when I was helping with the making of A Hard Day’s Night DVD. We went back to the same location, with David dressed as Ringo. Hear about our adventures on the day on my Beatles London Film Locations virtual tour!

Ringo and David Jackson in A Hard Day's Night film

Ringo and David Jackson in A Hard Day’s Night film

Richard Porter and David Jackson

Richard Porter and David Jackson


On 10th March 1964 Ringo Starr filmed his solo ‘walkabout scene for a A Hard Day’s Night. He is goaded by Paul’s grandfather (played by Wilfred Brambell) that he should go out and enjoy life. Ringo enters the pub through the side entrance (actually in St Margaret’s Grove). He orders a sandwich, which looks extremely stale. He complains about it and interrupts the pub games. This scene was filmed at the Turks Head Pub in Winchester Road, St. Margaret’s, just a few yards away from the film studio.
Find out more about this scene – and who accompanied Ringo, on my Beatles London Film Locations Virtual Tour.
Ringo in A Hard Day's Night

Ringo in A Hard Day’s Night


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I am Richard Porter, author of the book Guide to the Beatles London; writer and presenter of The Beatles’ London’ DVD; and a guide of 30 years experience. I was the President of the London Beatles Fan Club for 10 years and was a former winner of the ‘Beatles Brain of Britain’ competition. I organised the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road, and was on the committee that erected a blue plaque to commemorate the Beatles famous ‘Rooftop concert’ at 3 Savile Row. In short, I am Super Fanatical Beatles Fan!

 

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