London: Beatle Homes

57 Green Street, Mayfair

Hotel President, Russell Square

13 Emperor's Gate, Brompton

The Beatles lived in the Hotel President in Bloomsbury in the summer of 1963 after making the move from Liverpool to London. They all moved into a flat at 57 Green Street, near Hyde Park, in the Autumn of 1963, the only true home shared by all four Beatles. John, Cynthia and baby Julian soon moved to their own place on Emperor's Gate (the building was since torn down to make way for the new office building at the rear of the picture).

Whaddon House, Knightsbridge

Whaddon House

34 Montagu Square, Marylebone

Brian Epstein moved into the top floor apartment of Whaddon House in late 1963, followed shortly by George and Ringo, who shared an apartment here for over a year. Whaddon House is located on William Mews, a small, private street near Harrods and the Knightsbridge tube stop. Ringo moved into a two-level apartment on the ground floor and basement of an elegant building at 34 Montagu Square in 1965. Ringo moved again later in that year, but retained the lease on Montagu Square and loaned his apartment to several friends over the next few years, most notably Jimi Hendrix and John & Yoko, who lived here in 1968. (This is also where John & Yoko were busted for drugs in October 1968.)

57 Wimpole Street, Marylebone

7 Cavendish Avenue, St. John's Wood

Paul McCartney left Green Street to move into a top floor room on Wimpole Street at the family home of his girlfriend, actress Jane Asher. John and Paul wrote several songs, including "I Want to Hold Your Hand," in the basement music room of the Asher home. In 1966, Paul moved to his own home in St. John's Wood close to Abbey Road and EMI Studios. The Beatles frequently gathered here before or after sessions at Abbey Road.


Sunny Heights

John, George and Ringo all moved into large homes in the distant, wooded "stockbroker belt" suburbs of Surrey in the mid-sixties, leaving Paul the only true "London Beatle." John and Ringo both bought homes in the exclusive St. George's Hill Estate in Weybridge. John lived in "Kenwood" with Cynthia and Julian from 1964 until their divorce in 1968. Ringo and wife Maureen lived in "Sunny Heights" from 1965 through 1968. George bought a home ("Kinfauns") in the Claremont Estate in nearby Esher (below).


Friar Park entrance

George Harrison, meanwhile, moved out of London to the Claremont Estate in Esher, not far from Weybridge, in 1965. He lived in "Kinfauns" until purchasing the rambling Friar Park estate in Henley-on-Thames in March 1970. While he owned homes elsewhere (most fondly on the Hawaiian Island of Maui), Friar Park remained his main home, and site of his recording studio, until his death in 2001.

View up Chapel Street

24 Chapel Street, Belgravia

Brian Epstein moved, in January 1965, from Whaddon House to Chapel Street in Belgravia, an embassy district and one of the most exclusive areas in London. Many memorable parties were held at 24 Chapel Street, including the release party for "Sgt. Pepper," and Brian Epstein died here in August 1967.

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