Category Archives: London Beatles Walks News

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sgt Pepper and the Summer of Love on a 60s Bus Tour of London

On June 4th 2017. This 3 hour, immersive guided tour on a vintage London bus is ideal for groups and individuals with a common interest in one of the most defining decades of 20th Century Britain. You’ll hear about the birth of popular music and the counterculture that spawned Swinging 60s London as you pass by the homes of notable music legends, historic locations and iconic music venues on your journey from the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly, down the Kings Road in Chelsea to Richmond via West London’s ‘Cradle of Rock’.

This tour is guided by your blogger, Richard Porter :>)

THE HALF MOON Pub in Putney where live music has been played every night since 1963. OLYMPIC STUDIOS in Barnes which has featured more prominently in recording the world’s top bands and film scores than any other… Including Abbey Road!

We take in TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS where THE BEATLES filmed ‘HELP!’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. You’ll see where ROD STEWART got his first break after visiting the Eel Pie Island Hotel to watch Long John Baldry. You’ll also hear about the artists who performed at the RICHMOND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL and its ongoing legacy on your way to our drop off point at One Kew Road in Richmond, previously the fabled STATION HOTEL home to the original CRAWDADDY CLUB where THE ROLLING STONES kicked off their career on 24th February 1963 and where THE BEATLES came to watch the less than two months later.

The 60s hits we play on the original Routemaster London bus are by the seminal artists who performed at local venues… The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, Elton John, The Yardbirds, David Bowie, The Who, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Animals, Genesis, Long John Baldry, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple Mott The Hoople and many more…

HOP ON IN RICHMOND OPTION

If you’d rather hop on at Richmond, simply choose that ticket option…

LIVE 60s MUSIC OPTION

For that total 60s experience why not include some live music by 60s tribute band BEATLES 4EVER playing LIVE at One Kew Road, Richmond from 8pm on SUN 04 JUN.

25% OFF YOUR FOOD AND DRINKS BILL

One Kew Road bar and restaurant have offered our online ticket holders and massive 25% off their food and drinks bill (when ordered together). Just show your tickets to the waiter when ordering. It is advisable to book your table beforehand 020 8940 5768

For more info, and tickets, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/londons-swinging-60s-bus-tour-live-music-option-tickets-33953554997

We will be doing many more tours and gigs throughout the year. For more info see http://www.60sbus.london

Another Sgt Pepper anniversary party in London…

Yet another Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary party is to be held in London – this one at the Moth Club in Hackney on June 2nd.

Their website says “Expect A Live Band Playing Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band In Its Entirety As Well As The Finest DJs We Can Get Our Hands On To Do The Beatles And Acts From Their Era Justice.”

For more info, and tickets, see http://www.mothclub.co.uk/events/2017/6/2/sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band-50th-anniversary-party 

If you still got energy after all that – there’s ANOTHER Party at the Rock Steady in London E8 on June 3rd. Full details at https://www.facebook.com/events/101840573654055/

Get Back to the 60s with a Tour of the Royal Albert Hall, and on a 60s Bus!

Take a trip back in time to experience a flavour of the sights and sounds of the 60s – hop aboard the Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus before enjoying taking lunch and experiencing the Sixties at the Hall Tour at the Royal Albert Hall.

This unique and immersive experience will introduce you to some of the 60s most iconic venues and locations. Aboard the Swinging 60s Bus Tour you’ll pass by the Chelsea Drug Store, as immortalised by The Rolling Stones and Granny Takes a Trip, London’s first psychedelic boutique whose clientele included the likes of Hendrix, The Beatles and Rod Stewart to name but a few.

After stopping for a two course lunch, shoot back once again into the 60s with a guided Sixties at the Hall Tour. Explore the Royal Albert Hall’s role in this fascinating era of London’s cultural history – from welcoming The Beatles and The Stones on the same night, to witnessing Bob Dylan’s electric transition and even a Pink Floyd comedy night – there’s an entire world of 60s musical history to discover.

For more details, and to book, see http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/tours-and-exhibitions/the-swinging-sixties-bus-and-hall-tour-experience

Guide to the Beatles London Book now Available!

The Beatles’ Liverpool and London Featured on TF1 France

A feature on Beatles places and people was shown today on TF1 in France. It includes an interview with your blogger, Richard Porter and wife Irina, and shows a selection of our Beatles memorabilia. It also shows me on my London Beatles Walk at Abbey Road Studios.

https://www.tf1.fr/tf1/jt-we/videos/de-liverpool-a-londres-traces-beatles.html

For more on my London Beatles Walks, see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

Memorabilia Day: event coming to London

Following on from the success of the Liverpool memorabilia call out day in October 2016, The Beatles Story and Julien’s Auctions will be teaming up once again to bring ‘Memorabilia Day’ to London’s Hard Rock Cafe on Monday 5th June 2017. This special event will give members of the public, fans and collectors the opportunity to have their Beatles and Mersey Beat memorabilia appraised for free by the experts. – See more at: http://www.beatlesstory.com/events/2017/04/05/memorabilia-day-event-coming-to-london/#sthash.N8n3cUMa.dpuf

London Beatles Walk to Feature on French TV!

My London Beatles Walking tour will be featured on TF1 TV in France. I was filmed with my tour group at the Abbey Road crossing and outside Abbey Road Studios. I then went with them to 3 Savile Row, where the Beatles did the famous ‘rooftop session for ‘Let it Be’.

Today, they came to my house and interviewed me and my wife, Irina, about our love of the Beatles and our extensive Beatles collection.

The piece will be shown on TF1 at 12 Noon (French Time) on March 26th.

For more details on my London Beatles Walks, see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

From the Archives – A Nice Article about my London Beatles Walks

From http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/the-beatles-magical-mystery-tour-in-london/news-story/a6e17362786caab504a1c4a1b618248b (click to read the whole article)

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.

Porter is a fan. But he’s also so much more than that. In 1991 and 1992 he won the Beatles Brain of Britain title at the Liverpool Convention Centre.

These days you will find him eight days a week conducting walking tours around London following the long and winding road that always seems to lead to Abbey Road.