Walk Across London’s Abbey Road and Stand in a Red Phone Booth

Many times when I travel I am the epitome of a tourist; camera dangling around my neck, guidebook grasped in my hands and stops at all the most visited tourist attractions. The only representation lacking is the white tennis shoes. I don’t do white tennis shoes.

I absolutely could not return from this trip without taking a walk on the iconic Abbey Road in London or popping my head inside a red phone booth. Nope. It just could not happen.
Abbey Road London

On August 8th, 1969 a photographer spent approximately ten minutes taking six photos of the Beatles on Abbey Road in London. One of the six ended up being the album cover to Abbey Road.

It takes me at least a hundred and six photos of an attraction to find a keeper in the bunch. Talented photographer or just lucky?

Using my 12 tips to Navigating the London Underground, we took the Jubilee Line to St. John’s Wood Station. From there is was simple, just follow the crowd.

Tourists, just like me, cluttered the street waiting for their turn and traffic to cease.
Abbey Road London

A mere fifteen minutes later I was taking the short walk across a legendary road, which you would have seen on the Abbey Road Web Cam if you happen to be awake in the States at 3:00 in the morning. I understand if you missed it.
Annette White Abbey Road London

Of course, it would be no fun if I hadn’t made Peter do it too. Yes, my idea of fun is quite distorted.

We are unsure of what iconic album cover the guy behind him is trying to duplicate.
Walking Abbey Road London

And just when you thought I couldn’t be any more of a typical sightseer, I spot the coveted London red phone booth, which isn’t too difficult since they are all over London.

In 1924 a telephone kiosk competition was held in search of a design that would be accepted to the London Metropolitan Boroughs.  And the winner is…
Annette White Londons Red PHone Booth  Londons Red PHone Booth

Two iconic London attractions…FREE. That’s a word I will never tire hearing.

Have you walked on Abbey Road London or posed with a London red phone booth? Would you add it to your travel bucket list?

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2018-12-21T17:53:11+00:00June 6th, 2012|Categories: England, Europe, TRAVEL|Tags: , |


  1. CeCe June 6, 2012 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I didn't do Abbey Road but I did do the red phone booths….and it did not smell too good.

  2. Laura June 6, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    This is awesome! I visited London in January and I didn't get either of those pictures!!! Ahhh! I love close though so I'm definitely going back!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      You are lucky to live close, I hope you make it back soon.

  3. Elle June 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I haven't visited Abbey Road but I did take a photo of myself in a red phone booth when I was in London a few years ago.  I have found the same booths in the BVI and made sure to snap a picture in one there.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      I will have to jump into one in the BVI! Didn’t even realize that they were there.

  4. jade June 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    We took our picture at Abbey road too- and we stuffed 15 people into a London telephone booth, it was awesome, and sweaty! haha

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Holy smokes! 15 people? That’s crazy (& I want to see a photo)! I bet it was smelly. Now I want to return to London to see how many people can fit in a red telephone booth.

  5. Juliann | Browsing the Atlas June 7, 2012 at 3:21 am - Reply

    I would absolutely do this! I'd probably even try to find a wig first, or dress like they did on their album cover. I am such a geek for re-enacting famous photo shots when I can. They always look ridiculous, but I do it anyway.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 7, 2012 at 3:30 am - Reply

      Now that would have been a GREAT idea, to reenact the Beatles Abbey Road album cover. Next time 🙂

  6. Mary R June 7, 2012 at 4:25 am - Reply

    What a fabulous time to be a tourist to London! Yes, of course, I have posed in the red phone booth…it's the iconic London photo!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 7, 2012 at 6:30 am - Reply

      I actually need to go back to London to be more of a tourist (& maybe live a little like a local too).

  7. Jonathan Look, Jr. June 7, 2012 at 7:21 am - Reply

    OK, this is one of the hoakiest things that a person could ever do. And next time I am in London I am going to do it! How can you not?
    Sometimes being a tourist is OK. Seems that sometimes travelers get to wrapped up in not doing touristy things and miss out of some real fun.

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 7, 2012 at 11:16 am - Reply

      I need to learn the perfect balance between being a corny tourist and a traveler who only seeks out the most unknown sights 😉

  8. Evelyn Lim June 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I love your blog and enjoyed seeing the photos and reading about your travels.  You are so lucky to be able to travel and write about your adventures!  Awesome!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I feel like I found my passion 🙂

  9. Tracey - Life Changing Year June 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Oh I can't wait to go to England in August!!  I will definitely be having my photo taken on the Abbey Road crossing!  Thanks for the reminder!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey June 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      I just loved London and can’t wait to return! I look forward to reading about your trip 🙂

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  11. Gloria Lewis December 5, 2013 at 1:57 am - Reply

    I walked across Abbey Road (London) 2 weeks ago. I have photos of me doing this!

    • Annette White December 5, 2013 at 8:27 am - Reply

      YAY! The hardest part for me was trying to walk across when no one else was!

  12. abdul December 4, 2014 at 1:46 am - Reply

    this is the first place in my list London for different reasons(Chelsea)… looking forward visit all these places in London 🙂

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