Crossing Abbey Road

One of the many reasons why I love London is the amount of doing fun things and seeing historical places for free. If you are a Beatles fan, you probably wondered where Abbey Road was to cross the street like they did… I know I had the same question ten years ago and so off I went to find out where it was and to try and follow in their footsteps. Three years ago off I went again, but this time to take my husband and daughter (since my husband had not been there when we lived in London and our daughter obviously wasn’t even born yet).+

A classic London cab crossing Abbey Road
A classic London cab on Abbey Road

When you go, don’t think you will be alone. Lots of tourists take a northbound Tube to St. John’s Wood on the Jubilee line to cross the famous street, which seems to be identical to what it was when the boys from Liverpool crossed it.

My husband crossing Abbey Road (notice the other tourists taking pictures non stop?)
My husband crossing Abbey Road (notice the other tourists taking pictures non stop?)

If you choose to take the Tube, get off at St. John’s Wood station, cross Finchley Rd. and walk for 5 minutes on Grove End Rd., then bear slightly right and you can’t really miss it. You can even see the famous Abbey Road Studios, where all that magic happened.

A father-daughter moment at the Abbey Road Studios door
A father-daughter moment at the Abbey Road Studios door.

Also, if you want to take a bus there instead, from Oxford Circus you can take the bus 189 and it leaves you right where you needed – that’s how I went there for the first time and it was a very enjoyable bus ride.

Abbey Road!
Abbey Road!

I think this is a fun, free thing anyone can do in London! Just plan ahead and try not to go during rush hour (like we did) – it is fun and all but it can be a little annoying to be dodging passing cars and I kind of felt bad for the people who were nice enough to stop to let all the tourists take pictures.

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