Lonely Planet Writer

Return to Abbey Road

Beatles fans flocked to Abbey Road in north London this hot summer Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of the album’s release. Fittingly they descended on the world’s most famous zebra crossing which John, Ringo, Paul (he’s the clean-shaven one with bare feet) and George marched across the street on 8 August, 1969.

Anyone making the trip to Abbey Road, one of London’s many rock pilgrimages, may feel slightly underwhelmed at what remains a busy, smart street a short walk from St John’s Wood tube station. London fact: this is the only station on the Underground network with a punctuation mark in its title. The studios themselves remain a mecca for recording artists and live sessions for the BBC are regularly recorded here. However, there's not much to see apart from the crossing itself.

Rather than turn around and head straight off, linger a while in the area. Another place of pilgrimage, Lord’s Cricket Ground where the Ashes, and London’s best sporting museum, can be found nearby. Meander through Maida Vale to Little Venice (it’s not that much like Venice), a lovely place for a canalside wander, and you can hop on a gently chugging boat past super-expensive, super-beautiful Primrose Hill to Camden Market. Marine Ices, home of London’s best fruity cone, makes for a great end to the trip.

This inner London adventure is a playlist waiting to happen: Warwick Avenue by Duffy, Blur’s Primrose Hill name-checking For Tomorrow, Come Back to Camden by Morrissey and, of course, anything you want from Abbey Road itself.

Tom Hall