For most of February and into March 2018 Abbey Road studios have featured hearts outside the premises as part of the celebrations originally based around Valentine Day (and perhaps the connotations with Sgt. Pepper.)
Love is in the air! Visit Abbey Road Studios to leave a Valentine’s message for the person you love inside the hearts on our wall. Post a picture of your message with the hashtag #AbbeyRoadInLove pic.twitter.com/T9H0yBtisH
— Abbey Road Studios (@AbbeyRoad) February 6, 2018
I only knew about this because one of my helpers who lives in that road told me. In fact I took pictures of it the same night but as it was dark and the only camera to be had was my knackered smartphone – the pictures were not exceptional. I made plans to return at some later time but this did not occur for another week, thankfully the hearts were still there – and have since done another night-time photo session.
The studios had told me (Feb 25th) these hearts would be painted out soon. (Since then my helper has informed me the hearts were still there – we had a look on 5th March – indeed they show no sign of being removed.)
I think one reason these hearts have endured is they seem to prevent people from writing too much on the wall (which does become a bit of an eyesore at times.) Perhaps now this post has been published the wall will sport a brand new coat of white (it never lasts long though!)
Since my last visit to the shop I notice there have been some changes, namely the exhibits within. The biggest change has been those on display as one leaves the shop.
Reproduction score written by George Martin for Yesterday on show in the shop foyer
Some new before/after pics of the famous studios
The famous 1970 crossing still exists, its not been moved, cloned, rebuilt, whatever!