Strawberry Field – Any Beatles fan will know the song Strawberry Fields Forever and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this song is a about a real place from Johns childhood. Again, in Woolton, Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children’s home that John would adore visiting as young boy. He adored visiting the garden party held there every year and would often clamber the walls in order to play with the other children there, despite the proprietors complaining to his aunt about his antics. His experiences here were obviously fondly remembered if the song is anything to go by.
Penny Lane – Another place in Liverpool that inspired one of The Beatles best known hits, Penny Lane was a bus terminus where John and Paul would have to stop in order to get to each other’s homes, as a result they would often hang out around here. The places they describe in the song were really there, in fact some are still there today including the bus stop, the barbers and the bank. Not far from here you’ll find both John and Paul’s childhood homes as well as the apartment which Johns first wife Cynthia lived in, the place in which she went into labour with his son Julian Lennon.
Finding the Beatles in London
Though the Beatles are synonymous with the city of Liverpool they spent a lot of their time in London. There are a few places here that anyone looking to trace the footsteps of this iconic band might want to visit. Many locations in England’s capital filled out the scenes of their films A Hard Day’s Night and Help! Such as the Hammersmith Apollo where they played, Marylebone Station in which their fans chase them through a series of platforms and taxi’s in the memorable opening scene of A Hard Day’s Night and Alisa Avenue in Twickenham which houses the homes of the band members in the opening scene of Help!
Abbey Road – Abbey Road is no doubt one of the most well-known locations tied to the Beatles in London. It was here at Abbey Road Studios that they recorded most of their tracks between 1962 and 1970. Studio Two was the primary recording location for the band however the larger Studio One was used for tracks that required orchestral addictions such as All You Need is Love and A Day in the Life. Perhaps the most notable feature however is the zebra crossing that featured on the cover of the Abbey Road album, subsequently it’s the one of the most photographed spots in the city.
3 Savile Row – This unsuspecting office was the headquarters for the Apple record label, best known as the location for the infamous “rooftop session” recording of the second half of the Beatles final album Let it Be. Not only was this their final album but the last live performance given by the band, a bittersweet moment that marked the end of an era.