Paul McCartney in London

Beatles in London Virtual Tour, West End

Join Paul McCartney in London – the unique interactive experience, from the the comfort of your own home

Paul McCartney is the Beatle who is most connected with London, from the 1960s when he started living here, until this day. Visit many locations associated with his life and work here, including

  • Paul McCartney’s offices where he can be seen occasionally;
  • where Paul lived with the family of his girlfriend Jane Asher,
  • the house he has owned since 1965.
  • Clubs and art galleries he used to frequent in the 60s and how Paul was really the ‘avant garde Beatle’.
  • Hear stories of Paul recording some of his most iconic solo records at a central London Studio – outside of which tour guide Richard Porter met Paul many times.

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window – is, actually, what happened in real life. In the 60s Paul McCartney was the only Beatle who lived within walking distance of the Abbey Road Studios. His house was a magnet for fans, who were always around, and sometimes did useful things, like walking Martha the dog in nearby Regent’s Park. On one occasion, however, they proved less good, when the temptation of a ladder against the wall of the bathroom, leading to an open window, proved too great, and a bunch of them got in. Learn what happened next, and how I met the culprit, on the Paul McCartney in London tour.

On 26th April 1982 Paul McCartney released the Tug of War Album.
I bought it on the day at the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Street. On coming out I saw a blue Mercedes car passing me – and realised it was Paul’s car! He was on the way to nearby AIR Studios.
Luckily there was a lot of traffic that day and I ran like hell, trying to get to AIR before Paul. On seeing me chasing him Paul pointed at me out of the car window and laughed. I just manage to get there before him. When the car pulled up, he said, ‘Training for the Olympics are we!’ We had a short chat and he signed my album.
Great memories.
Tug of War signed album by Paul McCartney

Tug of War album signed by Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney was the only Beatle who lived in London from 1970s onwards – the other Beatles moved out of the metropolis then! Paul continues to have a London residence to this day. In 1978 he honoured his connections to this city by the album London Town, with the cover picture featuring him, Linda and Denny Laine on a boat on the river Thames by Tower Bridge. However, most of the album was recorded on a boat in the Virgin Islands – so much for the ‘’silver rain was falling down upon the dirty ground of London town”! The promotional video was recorded in the studio – probably for the same reason!

End of the Beatles – but a new beginning for Paul McCartney
In April 1970 Paul McCartney gives an interview to himself which is included with the ‘McCartney’ album, in which he drops a bombshell – he is leaving the Beatles!
At the same time he announces the formation of MPL – McCartney Productions Ltd, (not McCartney Paul and Linda as some people say). Paul had great plans for his solo career, and MPL was to look after all of this affairs, financial as well as creative.
From 1976 the MPL’s headquarters have been at No.1 Soho Square. The company has grown into a huge empire – in addition to looking after Paul’s interest, MPL owns the publishing rights to a huge music catalogue, covering 100 years.
Paul has his own office, with big windows overlooking the tranquillity of Soho Square. He is often seen in the area, and I met him on many occasions. This is the photograph of Paul and Lynda I took in June 1983
I share the stories behind the impressive façade of MPL communications on my virtual tour.
Paul and Linda McCartney in Soho Square, London

Paul and Linda McCartney in Soho Square, 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!

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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!


Richard Porter and Paul McCartney

  • Tom Hoxie says:

    It sounds like I should come to London for one of your walks.

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