Short read: A Magical Mystery Tour of Beatles’ London
“Oh, I believe in yesterday” read: Guided by the pied piper of Beatlemania, The Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away…
“A splendid time is guaranteed for all” read: So let me introduce you to the one and only Richard P. (“his personal knowledge adds an element of credibility that is unavailable elsewhere” USA Today). His Magical Mystery Tour is a chance to “Imagine” Beatlemania and the Swinging 60s. 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); the world-famous zebra crosswalk (you’ll walk the walk – a moment that’s a keeper, so be sure to bring your camera). 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?
BEATLES MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR – THE PRACTICALS
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour takes place at 11 am every Thursday (year-round); at 11 am every Sunday (year-round); and at 2 pm every* Wednesday.
Meet Richard P. just outside exit 1 of Tottenham Court RoadTube Stop.
*Except on the Wednesdays in December and January
And for more “those were the days” you can “get back” with Richard P. on his Beatles ‘In My Life’ walk. It takes place at 11 am every Tuesday and at 11 am every Saturday. The meeting point for the Tuesday and Saturday Beatles ‘In My Life’ walk is just outside the exit of MaryleboneTube.
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 WoodTube Stop.
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
“A splendid time is guaranteed for all” Toronto Globe and Mail
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