Sunday, July 4, 2010


We ended our first night in London by meeting some fellow DISBoarders
who are staying at the hotel. It was fun to see them as we have been
planning this trip for so many months. We turned in relatively early
and got a good night's sleep.

Our hotel stay includes breakfast so we enjoyed a full English
breakfast buffet before beginning our day. If we didn't have it
included, it would have cost £75.

DH wanted to see Abbey Road so while planning this trip, I found a
walking tour that came highly recommended on TripAdvisor. It was a 2+
hour walking tour that met at a tube stop and then took you to several
locations in London that were significant in the careers and personal
history of the Beatles. Our guide was Richard Porter who was very
knowledgable and has been a Beatles infomaniac for many years. There
are no reservations to be made; just show up and pay £8 per adult
(children under 15 are free when accompanied by their parents). The
site has more information about the walks they offer. There were
about 60 people on the tour; the usual group is around 40.

The highlight of the tour was Abbey Road, but we didn't get our
picture made there because we didn't want to be hit by a bus like one
guy who was filming in the middle of the road. It was good to see
Apple Studios, too, where they performed their last live concert.

It was also interesting to walk around parts of London that we would
not have seen had we not done the tour. Like Soho and the Palladium
and Hamleys Toy Store.

We ended the tour at Abbey Road studios and then went back to the tube
stop where they have a Beatlemania coffee shop and souvenirs. We
bought a book written by our guide, and four bottles of water.

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