Short read: “There are places I’ll remember all my life”
Long read: So sang the Beatles in one of their most evocative songs. Many of those places are in the “London Town” of this walk. So get back with Richard P. – “the Pied Piper of Beatlemania” – to the film locations for A Hard Day’s Night and Help, the registry office where two of the Fabs got married, and the apartment immortalised by Ringo, John and Yoko. We’ll also see the house where Paul lived with his glamorous girlfriend, actress Jane Asher. Those were the days… for it was in that house that John and Paul wrote I want to hold your hand. To cap it all: the legendary Abbey Road studios and crosswalk. As the Toronto Globe and Mail said of the walk, “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.” “So let me introduce to you, the one and only… Richard P., the 6th Beatle.”
THE BEATLES “IN MY LIFE” – THE PRACTICALS
The Beatles “In My Life” walk takes place at 11 am every* Tuesday and at 11 am every** Saturday. The Tube Stop for this one is Marylebone. The meeting point is outside the main archway entrance of Marylebone Railway Station. N.B We make a short Tube journey to Abbey Road so a Day Travel Card or Oyster Card is recommended. The Beatles “In My Life” walk ends at Abbey Road Studios, a short stroll from St. John’s Wood Tube Stop. *Not March 24 or March 31 (but please see the daily announcement on the homepage about the dates going forward while we are in this “plague season”)
The Tuesday and Saturday Beatles “In My Life” walks are just one set in the London Walks popular music gig. Our other Beatles walk – The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour – explores a different part of “Beatles London.” The Magical Mystery Tour goes at 11 am every* Sunday (year round). The Magical Mystery Tour also goes at 2 pm every Wednesday (summer season only). And, third bite at the cherry, the Magical Mystery Tour also goes at 11 am every** Thursday (year round). The meeting point for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour is just outside exit 1 of Tottenham Court Road Tube. *Not March 22 or March 29 **Not March 20 or March 27 (but please see the daily announcement on the homepage about the dates going forward while we are in this “plague season”)
And we’ve got Rock ‘n’ Roll London. It goes year round at 2 pm every* Friday. And Rock ‘n’ Roll London also goes at 7 pm every Wednesday April through October(i.e., the Wednesday evening Rock ‘n’ Roll London Walk does NOT run in Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb. or March). The meeting point for the Wednesday and Friday Rock ‘n’ Roll London walks is just outside exit 1 of Tottenham Court Road Tube.
*Not March 20 or March 27 (but please see the daily announcement on the homepage about the dates going forward while we are in this “plague season”)
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“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
Best Beatles Walk “If you are a Beatles fan then you will love touring London with Richard P! My family had the pleasure of joining Richard on the Beatles “In My Life” walk and enjoyed every moment. The tour is very informative and hits many great spots such as John and Yoko’s home, film locations for Beatles movies, and ends at Abbey Road. Richard is knowledgeable, projects well so you can hear every word he says, and takes great care to make sure the tour stays safe and together when walking down the streets of London. I want to go back to London just to experience more tours with this company!” Pkid71 Saginaw, Michigan
Richard 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 on-a-famous-stage, 20-minute set on his Rock ‘n’ Roll London Pub Walk; Beatles era top model and latter-day London Walks guide Desiree, who knew them; actor Andy who plays a mean guitar; and Liverpool-born RSC actor Steve, whose impersonation of John Lennon is a resurrection!