Abbey Road

Abbey Road sign

Let’s start with a big one. Not the road itself, it can be quite narrow at places, but it is large in people’s minds, being the location of Abbey Road studios where The Beatles and many other band and artists have recorded great songs. Abbey Road is also traversed by the famous cross walk, where the Beatles cover of Abbey Road was taken. The zebra crossing is even listed by Historic England, along with the Belisha beacons at either end.

Abbey Road - zebra crossing

Today it is a major tourist attraction, and rumour has it that Paul McCartney has been spotted coming out of the studio offering to help take pictures. The low wall outside the studio is decorated by fans, and regularly painted over to create more space for even more fans to show their appreciation.

Further up the road, you have a different London icon in the Alexandra and Ainsoworth estate. A grade II* listed housing estate designed by Camden Councils Architectural Department. The curved concrete housing estate was completed in 1978, then criticised for its high building costs and is now an icon of a gone-by design era.

The extra bits: Beatles’ Abbey Road album was the last studio album by the band

Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite A street in London or in your own hometown/favourite city.

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6 Responses to Abbey Road

  1. Eva says:

    You started with a well.known street. I wonder how many pictures are taking there every day.

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  2. Nancy says:

    I’m researching my English ancestors and enjoy reading about the homeland. It was a long time before the Beatles made their historic picture here.

  3. jetgirlcos says:

    Perfect beginning. I’m already dying to visit London 🙂 My brother had that Beatles album and I must have looked at that cover a million times as a kid without ever thinking of it being a real place!
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