The incredible rarely seen photos of the Beatles in London that capture a completely different side of the band
As the almost hysterical reaction to Peter Jackson’s recent documentaries on Disney Plus makes clear, we still love The Beatles.
The lovingly crafted Get Back documentaries offer a glimpse of the group at the height of their glory, though relationships can be strained at times, the characters unstoppable, and their creativity and humanity shine with every shot.
Much of The Beatles’ best action, of course, took place in London during the years they were together.
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This is where they recorded most of their music and shot their iconic films.
It is from here that they set out to conquer the world, and it is here that the heartbreaking breakup of the group took place.
Photographers from the Daily Mirror were on hand to capture much of this, and we got exclusive access to the newspaper archives to put together some fabulous shots of John, George, Ringo and Paul like you’ve never seen in London before. .
Posing at Lancaster Terrace
It’s still only the early days of the fresh-faced group hitting the big one and their fabulous four are clearly having fun as they pose for photos after being interviewed by Daily Mirror reporter Donald Zec in his Maitland Court apartment, Lancaster Terrace, London (9 September 1963).
We’re not sure you will find a boyband near a journalists apartment these days …
Lunch break before the storm
Known as the “surly” Beatle, George Harrison does not appear to be in this photo of the fabs at lunch in London in October 1963.
When this photo was taken, “She Loves You” was number one on the UK charts.
It had been released on August 23, with advance orders of 500,000, and spent six weeks at number one.
It is undoubtedly the single which launched the true Beatlemania.
John Lennon was 22 and looked forward to his 23rd birthday on October 9, the following week.
Capture Royal Hearts in Coventry Street
It was the night of the Beatles’ famous appearance at the Royal Command Performance at the Prince of Wales Theater in the presence of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in November 1963.
During the performance, John said to the crowd, “All of you here, clap your hands and the rest of you just shake your jewelry.”
Another photo shows The Beatles relaxing during rehearsals for the Royal Variety Performance that same evening.
A royal welcome at the Albert Hall
Fans gather outside the stage door of the Royal Albert Hall after the Great Pop Prom on September 15, 1963.
The Beatles and their great rivals the Rolling Stones were on the bill.
The Four Beatles watch from a train window at Paddington Station on the first day of filming for their movie “A Hard Day’s Night” on March 2, 1964.
Much of the film is a documentary about them frolicking around London being chased by hordes of fans, so it was not far from the reality.
Ecstatic fans at Tottenham Court Road
Photos of fans lining up to be extras in the movie “A Hard Day’s Night” inside the Scala Theater in Tottenham Court Road, March 1964.
Don’t be fooled by their youthful appearance.
Many Beatles fans were just schoolchildren.
Mimer at Madame Tussauds
Paul poses for pictures during the filming of “A Hard Day’s Night” at Madame Tussauds on March 12, 1964, when the boys cast their figures in wax.
Continue on Carnaby Street
John Lennon developed a film career alongside his songwriting.
Here he plays the role of a club commissionaire in a November 1966 film.
The show was called “Not Just … But Also” and starred Peter Cook (right). The couple stood in Broadwick Street near Carnaby Srteet during the skit.
Beatlemania at Buckingham Palace
Beatlemania was not just American.
It happened in London too.
Here, in November 1965, crowds had to be checked by police outside Buckingham Palace when the Four Beatles obtained the Queen’s OBEs.
Back for good
The Beatles arrive at London Heathrow Airport after their last concert tour of America in August 1966.
The band members had just made the decision on the plane that they would never shoot again after the trip came under attack from the press and the public over John Lennon’s comment that the Beatles were “over great than Jesus “.
Anyone who knew John at the time would have realized that this was purely part of his sardonic sense of humor.
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Paul McCartney walking along the platform to his waiting train as The Beatles leave London Euston Station for Bangor, North Wales.
It was there that they would attend a conference to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Two days after this photo was taken, on August 2, 1967, Beatles manager Brian Esptein was found dead at his London home.
Celebrate in St John’s Wood
Paul McCartney at his St John’s Wood home on his 25th birthday on June 18, 1967.
He had plenty to celebrate with the band who had just released their breathtaking album “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, now widely regarded as the greatest pop album of all time.
Number 7 Cavendish Avenue has been the London home of Paul McCartney since he bought it in April 1965 for £ 40,000 from Desmond O’Neill, a physician.
It is near the Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded.
John Lennon’s brightly colored trailer was pictured on its way to his home on Monday, July 25, 1967.
It was painted bright yellow with hand painted flower patterns in rainbow tones, to match its more famous psychedelic Rolls Royce.
The 93-year-old caravan cost £ 2,000 and was John’s birthday present for his four-year-old son Julian.
Homecoming at Heathrow
John Lennon and Paul McCartney arriving at Heathrow Airport after their vacation in Greece in July 1967.
The Beatles left for Greece on July 23, 1967, chartering a yacht to spend a few days island hopping and traveling along the mainland coast – where they visited villages like Arahova – en route to Delphi.
They were apparently planning to buy an island where they could get away from the outside world and focus on their music.
In Paul’s book “Many Years From Now” he says it was just “drug-induced ambition” and it never happened.
Bohemian Street Baker
The Beatles store at 94 Baker Street was painted in psychedelic colors on the weekend of December 3 by a team of painters and students.
The painting started at 11pm on Friday and they finished the first coat at 2pm on Saturday, they painted all night to avoid traffic jams.
See you soon in Savile Line
The Beatles’ last climactic concert was on the rooftop of their Apple headquarters at Savile Row in London on January 30, 1969.
It was the finale of the band’s Get Back sessions so memorably documented in Peter Jackson’s recent films.
By this time, the group was caught up in financial and personal disputes and a split seemed inevitable.
The concert only lasted a little over half an hour before being interrupted by the police because it was too noisy.
Two of us
John Lennon pictured at the Apple offices in Savile Row, London, with his wife Yoko Ono in November 1969.
John had told Paul McCartney in September of the same year that he was leaving the group.
The breakup continued into the early 1970s as McCartney sued the other Beatles in an attempt to break out of their dire financial arrangements.
The press often liked to blame Yoko for the group’s disintegration.
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