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Guided by Richard P
Short description: Beatles London – The Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away
Long description: It Rocks! Guided by the pied piper of Beatlemania... So let me introduce you to the one and only Richard P. This walk is a chance to "Imagine" Beatlemania and the Swinging 60s. It's a Magical Mystery Tour of the Beatles' London haunts. Highlights include their "Apple offices," where they played the famous rooftop session; the legendary Abbey Road Studios; Paul McCartney's headquarters; the tiny gallery where John Lennon first set eyes on Yoko Ono (that fateful encounter that changed everything); and, of course, the world famous zebra crosswalk. Make sure you bring your camera – you're going to walk the walk and want it preserved for posterity! The utterly assured,* completely in command of topic and terrain (let alone well connected) Richard P. unerringly takes us back... Recaptures the era when London was the cultural capital of the world and the Fab Four were its rulers. places I remember all my life...all we want is you, it'll be just like you want it to... *Tempted to say wraith-like – the 6th Beatle?
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour takes place every Wednesday at 2pm, every Thursday at 11 am and every Sunday at 11 am. Meet Richard P. just outside exit 1 of Tottenham Court Road Tube Stop. N.B. we make a short Tube journey to Abbey Road so getting a Day Travel Card or an Oyster Card – – is a good idea. The walk ends at the Abbey Road Studio, a three-minute walk from St. John's Wood Tube Stop.
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The Beatles "are simply part of our cultural canon. The Cambridge historian Tim Blanning even finds room for them in his book The Triumph of Music, which is largely devoted to classical music, noting that Paul McCartney's song 'Yesterday' has been covered more than 3,000 times by other artists, making it the most recorded song in history. In fact, even to list their feats – the 177 million records sold in the United States, the estimated 1 billion records sold worldwide, the 20 American number ones, the 22 million singles sold in Britain – merely scratches the surface of their achievement. In the twentieth century, perhaps only Winston Churchill and Elizabeth II rivalled them as symbols of Britishness. Perhaps not since Dickens had any cultural figures become so synonymous with their native land."
"RICHARD Porter is the smartest man in Britain - at least when it comes to The Beatles. In reality, considering the Sixties pop scene was a hotbed of sex and psychedelic drugs, he probably knows more about The Beatles than the remaining members of the Fab Four can remember themselves." Brian Crisp National Travel Editor, Escape
"When it comes to possessing a thorough knowledge of the movements of the Beatles, there are few who can surpass Richard Porter. Dubbed the “Beatles Brain of Britain,” his personal kinship with John, Paul, George and Ringo makes the London tours he conducts for London Walks some of the most popular in the city. After more than 20 years and guiding around 150,000 visitors, Richard’s lead is the one to heed. His personal knowledge adds an element of credibility that is unavailable elsewhere." USA Today
"The walls in front of the famous studios are smeared with a million cliches, long-standing graffiti proclaiming the fans' undying love. Here, several years ago, Paul McCartney appeared while Porter was doing his tour. Springing cheerily from his limo, Paul consorted with the fans before vamoosing to cut his album. Porter had captured the moment. Snap! We are agog. For there it is: Paul looking cherubic. As does Porter, standing before us now, irrepressible, and so likeable that you wish you could set him to music. Will lightning strike twice? Will a Beatle casually materialise? But Porter is talking again, more facts, more memorabilia. Yeah, yeah, yeah." Traveller
"London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour..." The New York Times
"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch" London, Cadogan Guide
"A splendid time is guaranteed for all" Toronto Globe and Mail
If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Beatles Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour or The Beatles 'In My Life' walk or Rock 'n' Roll London – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect.* Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at email@example.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And even more to the point, a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich. Richard P. is of course "the Pied Piper of Beatlemania." But "the 6th Beatle" shares top billing with co-star Beatles Walks colleagues: musician-guide Adam – who performs a live 20-minute set* on his Rock 'n' Roll London Pub Walk – and Beatles era top model and latter day London Walks guide Desirée, who knew them. *Performed on a famous stage no less!
The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.