The famous zebra crossing or crosswalk featured on The Beatles Abbey Road album/LP/CD cover is a popular place for a photo for any Beatles fan.
Most people manage to find it, but the opening of a new station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) called ‘Abbey Road’ has confused some visitors. A local newsagent reports that around 10 people a day ask him where to find the crossing.
There are at least eleven other Abbey Roads in London. The Beatles’ Abbey Road is in the NW8 postcode area.
The full postcode of Abbey Road Studios is NW8 9AY.
Directions to Abbey Road
Abbey Rd Beatles crossing by tube:
- Take the tube to St John’s Wood underground station (Jubilee Line, zone 2)
- Cross over Finchley Rd, the main road
- Walk down Grove End Rd
- At the end of Grove End Rd, turn right into Abbey Rd and you will see the crossing
The zebra crossing is a 4-5 minute walk from the tube station.
Abbey Rd Beatles crossing by bus:
- Take bus number 139 or 189 from central London
- Get off at the ‘Abbey Road Studios/Grove End Rd’ bus stop (Stop R), just past the studios/crossing
This bus map of the St John’s Wood area (PDF) shows all the buses that stop in the area. It also shows the 139/189 departure points in central London.
The journey time by bus varies depending on where you take and the time of day you travel – it’s approximately 30 minutes from Oxford Circus.
The Abbey Road Studio has a live web cam of the crossing. You can see fans attempting to recreate the picture in the, now much busier, London traffic. It shows how patient most London drivers are. We’re not joking. Take a look.
Abbey Rd Map
Image credit: Rodrigo Galindez