North West London: holding up traffic on Abbey Road. Bloody tourists.

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Last Saturday my friend Debi and I met in St John’s Wood to traverse the most famous pedestrian crossing in the world. The one outside the Abbey Road recording studios.

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This crossing is globally known thanks to The Beatle’s Abbey Road album, released in 1969. Paul’s shoes were pinching him on that day.

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What fun to watch vehicles impatiently beep at tourists as they were continually forced to wait whilst photo op after photo op took precedence. Solid Beatlemania running rife nearly 50 years on. 

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I could have stood watching the excitable foreigners walking backwards and forwards on the well worn white stripes for a very long time but we had more of the area to explore.

The studio at Abbey Road was built in 1830 as a 16 room private residence. It was bought by the Gramophone Company in 1929 for £16,500, later transferred to EMI and is now owned by Universal Music. Studio 2 is known as The Beatles room – best acoustics apparently.

In 2010 it was saved from developers and granted English Heritage Grade II listed status. Many well known singers and bands have made use of its facilities such as Kylie, The Spice Girls and Pink Floyd. It is still in use today for any musician paying the booking fee. Studio 2 is known as the Beatles room – best acoustics apparently.

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Near the studios is a Beatles shop supplying vinyl versions of their albums, teeshirts, scarfs, pictures and general souvenirs.

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I got myself a Ticket to Ride to Penny Lane travel card holder.

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The shop has a little nostalgia on the walls and here are the boys recording their first album in 1963 with tape operator, Richard Langham.

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Here they are leaving the building – a different day judging by the clothes, albeit the mop tops look exactly the same.

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It was then onwards for Debi and I to explore St John’s Wood, an affluent area not too far from Regent’s Park where people keep their homes nice and the streets appeared to be litter free.

Due to the gloriously hot day we nipped into Pret a Manger then ate our rainbow food in St John’s Wood Park.

We then headed to the tranquil Little Venice, an area of Maida Vale. There is an extravagant throne of a sofa on this purple boat though I doubt there is much room to store it inside when a downpours inevitably starts up.

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We continued to Regent’s Canal were there is a community of barge dwellers with their little gardens, table and chairs, bookcases, candles and such like on the other side of the tow path. It is quirky with a chilled out vibe.

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 But if you prefer to go higher maintenance, mansions along the bank such as this one overlook the barges.

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