8th August 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic Beatles Abbey Road photograph and album cover in St John’s Wood. 50 years ago, a policeman held up the traffic as photographer Iain Macmillan, from a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road and took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio. Little did they know this would become one of the most priceless and timeless pictures of all time.
To celebrate, there were Beatles tribute acts, musicians performing their favourite hits, and even a marriage proposal from lifelong fan who also performs as Paul. Fans travelled from all over the world to celebrate; from Mexico City, America and Argentina to Japan and Australia. As a tribute to these 50 years, the renowned Abbey Road album will be revisited with special anniversary releases, including exclusive previously unreleased session recordings and demos.
While the anniversary saw huge numbers of people attempting to recreate the famous photo, Abbey Road Studios in St John’s Wood explain that fans make the trip every day to say they have stood on the same spot. The crossing even has its own webcam! We recommend visiting the crossing on the Abbey road to recreate it for yourself. Afterwards, you can head to the Ivy cafe on St John’s Wood High Street to sample their special edition dessert in celebration of the anniversary and their exclusive Abbey Road cocktails.
What’s more, St John’s Wood High street has shops and restaurants for all occasions, featuring renowned brands such as Rigby and Peller, ME+EM and ba&sh. After your shopping excursion, rejuvenate with a coffee and a treat from GAIL’S bakery, an authentic italian gelato from Unico Gelato or a cold pressed smoothie from The Good Life Eatery.