‘Guide to the Beatles’ London’ Book Now Available

The sixties were a fun time when everything came together, and London was fab – it really was then, … it was really jumping. And there were The Beatles and the pirate radio stations and all that, and a general loosening up. Of course the war had gone by then and rationing had finished so people started throwing their legs in the air and having a good time. It was a good place to be, around London, in the sixties.Kenny Everett, DJ and producer of the Beatles Christmas records

About the Book


  • walking tour of Beatles sites in Central London and also details of sites further out from the centre
  • maps and directions how to get there
  • an essential souvenir of the London Beatles walking tours, plus an independent guide to many more Beatles places in London not visited on the tours
  • scores of previously unpublished and rare photos, including The Beatles at their homes and in Abbey Road Studios
  • stories from people who worked with the Beatles, including Alistair Taylor, Brian Epstein’s personal assistant, top record producer Alan Parsons and top DJ Kenny Everett
  • written by Richard Porter – professional Beatles tour guide, former editor ‘Off the Beatle Track’ magazine and renowned Beatles expert
  • unique content and professional design make it an ideal momento of your trip to London, or a special present for your Beatle fan friend!


Contents: The book is divided into the followings sections


  • The Story of The Beatles in London. A chronological history from their first visit to London to their break-up.
  • A walking tour of The Beatles London. A three hour walking tour around major Beatles locations in Central London.
  • Drive My Car. Other Beatles locations in and around London.
  • Further Information for Beatles Fans. More information of use to Beatles fans coming to London.


Places included in the book include Abbey Road Studios, the former Apple building at 3 Savile Row, the Beatles homes, offices, recording studios and many others. However, the book is more about the people that frequented the buildings, rather than the buildings themselves.


  • find out what John Lennon was doing outside some public toilets in 1966
  • discover which famous Beatles song was recorded in a studio next to a strip club
  • learn how some ladies tights saved an important Beatles event
  • uncover who were the Apple Scruffs featured in the George Harrison song

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Geoffrey Ellis Dies

I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Geoffrey Ellis  – a long time associate of Brian Epstein, and friend of the Beatles. I met Geoffrey at the unveiling of a blue plaque to Brian Epstein at Sutherland House, where NEMS Enterprises had their London Offices. RIP Geoffrey.

Here is his obituary from The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/geoffrey-ellis-obituary-gtnc22d83

Geoffrey Ellis at the lunch after the plaque unveiling

Tourists could be advised to stay away from Mathew Street at the weekends – by tour guides

Tour guides are on the brink of telling visitors to AVOID Mathew Street – the most famous street in Liverpool city centre – at the weekends.

Charlotte Martin, a Liverpool City Green Badge and Beatle Tour Guide and vice chair of the Association of Liverpool Tour Guides, said: “It’s becoming more like Benidorm than Liverpool and it’s wrong.

“Some guides are currently reluctant to take tourists along Mathew Street and if things don’t change I think they will not only stop taking groups there but also actively discourage people from visiting it themselves.

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Beatles-signed Peterborough hotel register at auction

A hotel visitors’ book signed by all four members of the Beatles is expected to fetch about £10,000 at auction.

The Fab Four checked in to The Bull Hotel in Peterborough on 2 December 1962, ahead of a gig in the city.

Their handwritten entries might have left the owner a little concerned, however, as Paul McCartney wrote that he expected to have 58 people in his room, and John Lennon would have 33.

Omega Auctions, from Merseyside will put it under the hammer on 24 March.

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Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band to Play at the Royal Albert Hall – with Special Guest??

Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band, the supergroup featuring Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and Blur’s Graham Coxon have been added to the bill of Roger Daltrey’s concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. They will perform a set of Beatles songs. Intriguingly, the video on the Royal Albert Hall website shows them jamming with Paul McCartney – is that a hint that Macca will make an appearance at the concert too? He played a gig for the Teenage Cancer Trust a few years ago…

Tickets are still available for the show at https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/teenage-cancer-trust-roger-daltrey

Paul McCartney with Ryan Tedder in Los Angeles

Yesterday, singer/songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder posted a photo of himself with Paul McCartney in a studio. They’ve been working on Paul’s new album, which according to sources, is nearly finished.

Los Angeles, California

• ryantedderMonday with @paulmccartney= better than Monday without @paulmccartney. like most days- pinching myself that I get to do this for a living. That’s it. #thebeatles #paulmccartney

John Lennon’s Monkey Bike motorcycle sells for £57,500

A motorcycle once owned by Beatles legend John Lennon has fetched a record-breaking £57,500 at auction.

The 1969 Honda Z50A Monkey Bike sold for almost double the estimated £30,000 when it went under the hammer at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

Lennon used the bike to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire, where he lived from 1969 to 1971.

It was sold by John Harington, who had owned it for 47 years and displayed it at various shows.

He bought the bike from Henry Graham, of Hook, Hampshire, who said he had bought the motorbike from Lennon when he was living at Tittenhurst Park.

The successful bid on Sunday is the highest price ever paid at a public auction for a Honda Monkey Bike.

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March 5th 1963 – a Busy Day for the Beatles!

March 5th 1963 was a very busy day for the Beatles. They first did a photo session with John Dove at EMI House in Manchester Square, and at Montague Place, near the British Museum.

They then went to EMI Studios at Abbey Road to record their third single, ‘From Me To You’ and ‘Thank You Girl’, plus ‘The One After 909’ – which wasn’t released in 1963, but re-recorded for the ‘Let it Be’ album. The version recorded in 1963 wasn’t released until ‘Anthology One’ in 1995.


The Beatles on the steps of EMI Studios, Abbey Road, with the postman going by!
The Beatles in Montague Place, March 5th 1963. Notice John has put his glasses over the parking meter!
The Beatles on the step leading to the basement at EMI House, Manchester Squre
The Beatles in the canteen of EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Yeah yeah yeah! Danny Boyle’s filming a Beatles musical

Powerhouse film-makers Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis are joining forces to make a picture built around the music of The Beatles.

Boyle, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, will direct the film which has the tentative title of All You Need Is Love, although London-based studio Working Title has insisted that the secretive project is still untitled.

Curtis, responsible for British classics such as Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually, has written the script for All You Need Is Love, which is about a struggling musician who, for plot reasons as yet unknown, thinks he’s the only person who can remember the Fab Four.

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[blogger’s note – Richard Curtis is a big Beatles fan. At least 2 of his films have featured scenes shot at the Abbey Road Crossing]