A short walk from St. Johns Wood tube station can be found Abbey road the home of the famous Abbey Road Studios.
Set amongst the leafy suburbs of north Westminster the studios have played host to many artists but it is for the Beatles album ‘Abbey Road’ for which is is best remembered.
Tourists from around the world flock to the small pedestrian crossing just outside the studios in order to recreate the famous album cover made famous by the Beatles in 1969.
Against the perimeter walls of the studio Beatles fans write graffiti tributes to their idols. It has become an intriguing urban tribute in the middle of suburbia.
Next to the crossing itself fans line up to recreate the album cover snap. Having a great deal of fun but annoying grumpy motorists in the process.
Ironically the current crossing isn’t even in the original location, it was moved around 30 years a few metres up the road. Regardless its still a major draw and is also possibly the only pedestrian crossing to have been given grade two listed status in recognition of its cultural importance.
It’s worth a visit and there’s even a tiny Beatles themed cafe next door to St. Johns Wood station which is happily random.