Join the Beatles in London from the comfort of your own home for the unique interactive experience.
This online tour is a unique opportunity to Imagine The Beatles and the swinging 60s in London’s West End, and meet other fans from all over the world, from the comfort of your own home.
Roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour – Step right this way!
It is a virtual tour of the Beatles’ London haunts: visit theatres, offices, recording studios – and public toilets(!!) associated with the ‘Fab Four’ in the Soho and Mayfair areas of London, in an era when The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ (John Lennon).
‘A splendid time is guaranteed for all’
- their Apple offices, where the group played the famous ‘rooftop session’
- Paul McCartney’s officeswhere Paul can be seen occasionally
- the well known London theatre which became ‘birthplace’ of Beatlemania
- the site of John’s infamous ‘bigger than Jesus’ interview
- what John Lennon was doing outside some public toilets in 1966!
- the studio where Hey Judewas recorded
- the shopping street that was the heart of ‘Swinging London’
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!
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!
This is me, Richard Porter, on the roof of No.3 Savile Row, the famous venue for the last ever Beatles live performance. In January 1969 the Beatles were filming what became Let It Be. Having done hours of footage of them recording in the studio, the Beatles decided to finish the film with a live show – on the roof of their offices! It was a cold and windy day, and the noise from the wind in the sensitive microphones was ruining that idea. Alan Parsons (then a junior engineer and now a famous star) was sent to the local branch of Marks and Spencer’s for a solution. Can you guess what it was? Find out what it was – and many more stories of the Beatles in London – on the Beatles in Swinging London Virtual Tour
The plaque on 3 Savile Row to commemorate the Beatles ‘Rooftop concert’
On 26th December 1966, the Christmas Special of ‘Not Only….. But Also….’ starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore was broadcast. The show was a send up of an American TV reporter, played by Peter Cook, sent to the UK to find ‘Swinging London’
The Beatles recorded ‘Hey Jude’ at Trident Studios, St Anne’s Court, Soho, London, on July 31st 1968. It was one of the very few times that the Beatles recorded away from EMI Studios at Abbey Road.
On 13th October 1963, the Beatles appeared on a TV show called Val Parnel’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
According to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and most Beatles books, they first met at the Indica Art Gallery on November 9th 1966, at Yoko’s art exhibition. John and Yoko always asked about how they met, and often told the same story, but did embellish it a bit over time. However, were all the facts correct?