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.

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.

Annette White in Red Phone Booth in London

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.

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 walking across Abbey Road in 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.

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…  

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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23 thoughts on “Walk Across London’s Abbey Road and Stand in a Red Phone Booth”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

  3. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Hello Annette!

    As a Londoner, I thought I’d better let you & other’s know that you can not take pictures on Abbey Road anymore. It’s caused several accidents and you can now incur a £5,000 fine if caught.


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