Abbey Road Studios Under Threat of Closure- See them while you can!

Dear Traveller,

Beatles fans wail no more! The Government has ridden to the rescue, by awarding this historic recording home of the Beatles, Grade II listed status, because of ‘It’s huge cultural importance’, following reports over the last week that current owners EMI were looking to sell this piece of British popular heritage.

Good news indeed for fan and tour guide alike, as it will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog,  that Abbey Road and the Beatles play central roles in Mikro Tours’ London Rock and Roll tours.

This led to fears that this elegant Georgian Villa,  a recording studios for 80 years, could become a base for flats of the apartment kind, rather than those emanating from the orchestras that have long used the premises.

Now EMI, whilst admitting that the studios have long been losing money are talking of revitalising them, and are looking for the capital to achieve this.

In recent days theatrical composer/impressario Andrew Lloyd-Webber and the National Trust has spoken of the possibility of being associated with the project.

Abbey Road has been etched into the world’s popular culture for more than 40 years, thanks to The Beatles’ album named for the road in which the studios where they recorded 90 % of their music was created.

This fame was further magnified by that album’s iconic front cover of the ‘Fab Four’ walking over the street crossing by the studios. A pose regularly immitated by fans and tourists from all over the world who flock in their thousands every year to claim their part in the Beatles’ picture.

Fortunately for all those fans the good news is,  that whatever happens to the Abbey Road Studios building, the zebra road crossing will remain, and Mikro Tours will still visit it.

This may not be good news to the local motorists and tradesmen forced to wait as fans from afar afield as Australia and Japan walk in the footsteps of their heroes.

Sometimes their need for accuracy leads the dedicated Beatles follower to walk obsessively back and forward across the famous stripes, though their need for authenticity is seldom approved by motorists forced to wait!

Often in the height of summer this leads to a barrage of horns and shouts, which lack the harmony or wit of any thing composed by John and Paul in the neighbouring studios.

If the Beatles is your thing, or you are a devotee of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, or any of the many musical giants associated with London, Mikro Tours would be delighted to show you around.

Michael Gerrard- Mikro Tours

Mikro Tours takes small groups of individually minded travellers into the parts of London the big tour operators don’t reach. We also personalize tours for people wanting alternative touring experiences in England, i.e. as part of conferences and events. Why not plan your tour with us – soon. Visit our website, email us at, or call +44(0)20 8954 5544.

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