Top 5 Beatles Tours and Excursions in London

The Beatles are perhaps one of the most well-known and influential music bands in existence and, in my opinion, for good reason! Their music has transcended generations and continues to be a source of inspiration today.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Top 5 Beatles Tours and Excursions in London

Abbey Road | ©Benjamí Villoslada Gil

While the group's beginnings were in their hometown of Liverpool, that doesn't mean you can't find traces of their lives in London. In fact, once the band was formed, the group headed to where the action was in the British capital, so there are plenty of places you can tour and photograph like a true fan.

In this article I am going to tell you about all the Beatles related excursions and tours you can do during your stay in London that you will surely love. You have a lot to choose from, from walking tours, others that go to Liverpool and of course the classic free tours and walks on your own. Also, I take the opportunity to recommend you the post what to see and do in London, so you can make a list of the best plans for your trip.

Shall we get into action?

1. Have fun with an incredible 100% private Beatles tour with a surprise guide

Marble Arch, London| ©S Pakhrin
Marble Arch, London| ©S Pakhrin

If you are looking for a great outing themed around your musical idols, this tour is perfect for you, because it combines the most iconic places of the band with drinks in seventies bars and a very special guide.

You will be able to appreciate the English capital as if you were one of the legendary members of the Beatles, and you will also learn about the history of the band and many curiosities that you probably didn't know.

The tour will start at Marble Arch to discover what John Lennon's house was like in the Marylebone neighborhood.

I recommend you to look for souvenirs and distinctive gifts at Apple Records to remember his musical work forever. You will find hundreds of products, from t-shirts, pins, key chains and decorative objects! On the tour you will also visit Paul McCartney's old house to recreate in your mind how the members lived, their first steps and rise to fame and world history.

Surely you are a fan of the famous Abbey Road album and will want to recreate the iconic scene on its cover. To do this you can cross the street like a real Beatle, and even if you go in summer you can do it barefoot as Paul did.

Are you up for it?

The tour also includes a walk through Paddington Street Garden and a drink in a bar reminiscent of the 60's so you can feel like you've stepped back in time.

Details of interest

  • Price: this experience can be worth up to 230 euros, but because there are many companies offering similar tours you may find yourself with varying prices.
  • Duration: the entire tour takes approximately three (3) hours from the meeting point with the guide to the end of the tour.
  • Means of transportation: the tour is mostly on foot, as you will be able to go from one neighborhood to another without having to travel a long distance, but you are always asked to bring a metro card because some of the routes are done by public transportation.

Advantages of this option

  • Being able to tour the most emblematic sites with a famous and prepared guide who has the best information is always a great advantage to learn about the history of the most popular band in the world.
  • You will save time since you will have everything organized in advance and you will only have to enjoy to the fullest with your best Beatles playlist.
  • The private tour will give you more freedom to ask questions and have a pleasant chat with the guide.

Disadvantages of this option

  • The tour is entirely in English so if you are not bilingual or your command of English is more of a beginner you may not be able to take full advantage of this activity.
  • The tour is not wheelchair friendly.
  • The cost of the tour is a major drawback especially considering that most of the sites are free and accessible on foot.

2. Experience the magic of London with a Beatles-themed walking tour

Abbey Road| ©Alex Liivet
Abbey Road| ©Alex Liivet

If you want to see all the Beatles' most famous landmarks in one amazing guided tour you're going to love this tour.

You will be guided by an expert to all the key places in London that were part of the history of the famous rock band. You'll learn where they recorded, played and met the people who helped shape their lives and careers.

The tour will also take you to lesser known places, such as the house where John Lennon lived with his wife Yoko Ono and where the lyrics and music of "Yesterday" came from. You'll also see Ringo's home and the Marylebone Record Office.

You'll visit the site of the famous rooftop concert at the band's old venue, and get a wealth of valuable information to get a real feel for Beatlemania.

Thinking of Abbey Road? You'll pass by and get your picture taken on the legendary street. Yeah!

Interesting details

  • Price: the tour has an approximate cost of 19 euros.
  • Duration: in a total of two hours and thirty minutes (2:30) you will be able to see all the places of interest of the Fab Four.
  • Means of transport: you will go from one place to another on foot but you may need a metro card.

Advantages of this option

  • You will be together with many other Beatles fans like you and you will be able to exchange stories and anecdotes with them.
  • It is very affordable and you will have enough time to take the best pictures and discover the highlights of the band members' lives.

Disadvantages of this optionIf you want to spend more time at each location, this tour may be a little short for you, as you will spend approximately 20 minutes at each stop.

3. Have fun on an incredible Beatles private tour in London through Soho and Mayfair

Soho, London| ©Rodney
Soho, London| ©Rodney

Although, as I have told you before, the Beatles have emerged in their native Liverpool, it was in London where they began to dazzle the masses and was born the undisputed and most influential rock phenomenon in history.

In the famous The Cavern they took their first steps to stardom and it was in the Abbey Road studio where they began their artistic career.

This tour will take you through all the sites mentioned above while an expert guide will tell you all the details of the Liverpool Four's career.

This tour is your chance to discover the places associated with the four fabulous musicians. The pubs, the clubs, the theaters, the recording studios, the filming locations and the homes will all come together in a tour full of Beatles memorabilia that will make you, quite simply, long for yesterday.

You will learn about:

  • The birthplace of Beatlemania.

We begin at the London Palladium where, after their appearance on Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium on Sunday, October 13, 1963, England as a whole sat up and took notice that this new group would be simply wonderful. It was time for the world to surrender to their feet! And so it happened.

  • ** The place where Paul met Linda.**

You can take a nostalgic stroll down Carnaby Street, the epicenter of London swing in the 1960s, to see the club that was once a haunt of the Beatles after late-night recording sessions and where Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman on May 15, 1967.

  • The Great Oxford Street

Next, the walk meanders down Oxford Street to walk along a thoroughfare lined with fashion and luxury stores to reach the former offices of the Beatles' Apple Corps company.

  • The rock band's last public performance

It was in the recording studios, then located in the basement of this magnificent Georgian house, that much of the last recordings of their film Let It Be were filmed. It was also, from the roof of the building, in that same film, on January 30, 1969, that the Beatles gave their last public performance and brought traffic to a standstill.

Details of interest

  • Price: This tour can be worth up to about 37 euros, but remember that you can search online among many companies offering various rates and this number may vary .
  • Duration: The average duration of the tour is four (4) hours.
  • Means of transport: It is advisable to bring your own Oyster card or similar because you will take the subway but most of the tour will be walking.

4. Rock out with a full day trip to Liverpool from London by train

Cavern Club Wall| ©Ian Ransley
Cavern Club Wall| ©Ian Ransley

You will leave London early in the morning and head to the train station you have been assigned on your tour to get to the city of Liverpool, north of London.

Once there you will get to know a slice of history of the city where the Beatles were born and visit The Beatles Story, an incredible activity designed exclusively for rock fans.

On the tour you will enjoy the sights on top of the Magical Mystery Tour bus and go discovering all the sites that give meaning to the history of the band.

You will visit:

  • Penny Lane and the Cavern Club where you can stop for a drink in the famous concert hall and soak up all the energy of the place.
  • Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • The Beatles Story, the world's largest permanent exhibition dedicated exclusively to the life and times of The Beatles. Located in the Fab Four's hometown of Liverpool on the stunning Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Details of interest

  • Price: the price of the attraction is approximately 190 euros.
  • Duration: as the tour involves transferring both to and from another city the excursion is a full day tour and takes about 13:30 hours.
  • Means of transport: to get to Liverpool you will have to take the train and then in the city a tourist bus.

Book your tour to Liverpool from London

5. Free tour to learn all about the history of The Beatles in London.

Abbey Road Studio| ©Kumpei Shiraish
Abbey Road Studio| ©Kumpei Shiraish

In this free tour you will enjoy the main places related to the Beatles in London so you can follow in the footsteps of the fab four.

You will know:

  • Abbey Road, the most famous crosswalk in the world.

Abbey Road was the eleventh studio album the Beatles recorded in 1969 at EMI Studios in North London at Abbey Road. London police blocked the road for 10 minutes, enough time for photographer Ian Macmillan to climb a ladder to capture the iconic image. As I was telling you, it's surely one of the most famous crosswalks in the world. It's great for taking pictures even though it may generate some displeasure from local drivers.

  • Abbey Road Studio

This is the studio where the album was recorded in 1969, and it is actually the last album to feature all 4 members of the band. In fact, most of The Beatles' albums were recorded there throughout their career.

Abbey Roads Studio is still a working studio and is sometimes open to the public for tours and lectures. On the studio door you'll find graffiti honoring the band, filled with song lyrics and words of love left by fans.

  • London Palladium Theatre

The London Palladium Theatre is where the Beatles played on October 13, 1963. Their Sunday night appearance at the London Palladium caused quite a stir and the Daily Mail newspaper coined the term 'Beatlemania' for the fan reaction.

The last public performance was on the roof of the building where their offices were located. On January 30, 1969 they performed on the roof and due to noise complaints the police were called.

The free tour will take you to many places of interest and promises a guaranteed dose of fun.

Details of interest

  • Price: free tours usually have a donation at the end of the tour to contribute to the tour leader.
  • Duration: The tour lasts approximately two hours and thirty minutes (2:30) of walking.
  • Means of transportation: On foot

As you can see there are many tours and excursions dedicated to visit the most emblematic places of the famous band and discover all the secrets and anecdotes that surrounded their growth and worldwide fame.

How to book a Beatles tour in London

Magical Mystery Bus| ©Nigel Hoult
Magical Mystery Bus| ©Nigel Hoult

You can book all tours and excursions online. Remember that different companies have different cancellation policies and even weather policies because some attractions are the same on rainy days while others can be rescheduled.

Can I do other Beatles activities on my own?

Boston Place NW1| ©(Mick Baker)rooster
Boston Place NW1| ©(Mick Baker)rooster

The answer is yes! And not only you can, but it is highly recommended to take a guided tour with a visit to some not so well known places that will take you to walk around the beautiful London and learn more about the history of the band.

Here are some examples that you can discover:

  • A Hard Day's Night was the Beatles' first feature film and was released in 1964. It was filmed in and around London. A British musical comedy film that starts with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr running towards the train station followed by a crowd of fans. This location is Boston Place on the east side of Marylebone station in London NW1.

  • The scene where the boys escape from a fire escape can be found at the back of the Hammersmith Odeon in W6.

  • The second film the Beatles starred in was Help. A British musical comedy adventure film from 1965. The story sees the boys struggle to record their new album while trying to protect Ringo from a sinister cult and a couple of mad scientists who are obsessed with trying to get one of his rings.

The locations of the boys' house in the film can be found at 5, 7, 9 and 11 Ailsa Avenue in Twickenham, Greater London, TW1 1NF. The jewelry stores where Ringo attempts to remove the ring can be found at 165-169 New Bond Street, W1.