The long and winding road: Beatles tourists visit the wrong crosswalk on Abbey Road thanks to a Google Maps glitch
- Tourists are sent to take photos a half-mile north of the crosswalk
- They’re shooting at the north crosswalk near a café – not the famous studio
- US teenager said she was embarrassed taking pictures with her friends in a ‘random place’
- Uber drivers dropping tourists off at the wrong spot are “hilarious,” says a local worker
Traffic is often stopped at the famous crosswalk when tourists stop in the middle of the road to take a picture of themselves recreating the 1969 album cover featuring The Fabulous Four.
However, instead of sending some fans to the famous intersection in front of the eponymous music studio – still used by hit artists today – Google Maps directs some fans about half a mile up Abbey Road.
If you type “Abbey Road” into Google Maps, you may see a “Street of Note” marker in the middle of the street.
This is about half a mile north of the studio at the south end of London Road, where the Beatles recorded some of the greatest songs ever written including Come Together, Something and Here Comes the Sun.
The cover of the Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road features the fabulous four crossing a run-of-the-mill crosswalk near the eponymous studio – and is now a tourist photo hotspot
If you type “Abbey Road” into Google Maps, you might see a “Streets of note” marker down the middle of the street (1), but the studio is actually about half a mile south (2), along with the real crosswalk (3)
Fans often stop in the street to recreate the Beatles’ iconic album cover at Abbey Road
Tourists might be confused that they won’t find themselves at a crosswalk – but just 500 meters north of the marker is another crosswalk on Abbey Road whose only claim to fame is confused with the real article.
Sieun Kim, 22, a South Korean student, joked that she would still post the false crossing photos of her and her three friends hiking around Europe with on Instagram after speaking to her The Telegraph yesterday, July 15.
They also spoke to California native Leilani on May 16, who was embarrassed to take a photo “in a random location.”
The Beatles’ penultimate album is considered one of their best of all time and featured classics like Here Comes the Sun and Come Together. Pictured: Messages to the Beatles on Abbey Road street sign
If you see this, you’re at the wrong crosswalk – head south until you see tourists blocking traffic and taking photos
Here is the right zebra crossing near the studio, which is still used by pop artists today
The replacement album’s intersection is opposite Almas restaurant, where a worker told the Telegraph he saw Uber drivers dropping tourists off at the wrong spot, but a local pharmacist said they found it “weird”.
If you plan to visit the piece of Beatles history, be sure to type “The Beatles Crosswalk” into Google Maps to get the correct location.
Tourists too were confused about a decade ago after boarding the DLR line Abbey Road train station – a completely different street that happens to have the same name.