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While We’ve Been Social Distancing, the Abbey Road Crosswalk Got a Fresh Coat of Paint

Abbey Road
The Beatles on the cover of their Abbey Road album

The London crosswalk where The Beatles were photographed for their iconic Abbey Road album cover has finally received a fresh coat of paint.

The typically crowded tourist attraction has been so busy for the past 50 years that the city has never been able to re-paint the pedestrian crossing. However, as the UK and countries across the world close their borders, and Londoners social distance and stay home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, city officials have seized the opportunity to give one of their biggest tourist attractions a much-needed facelift.

And while you may not be able to visit the intersection of Abbey Road and Grove End Road in person for the foreseeable future, you can view the site remotely via the official webcam here.

The Beatles recorded the Abbey Road album at EMI Recording Studios, located at 3 Abbey Road, in 1969. In 1970, the facility was renamed “Abbey Road Studios” in honor of the album.

In 2010, the British government declared Abbey Road Studios a Grade II listed building, protecting it from demolition or major alteration. Shortly after, the pedestrian crossing was added to the National Heritage List.

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