Last February, I visited London for the very first time (weirdly enough, Bob IS my uncle [pip, pip!]). While I can't compete with JB (seriously, guy wins a Beatles-themed trivia contest, has a dedicated Beatles bathroom and once camped in the the forest where Heather Mills got her leg), I do consider myself a pretty big fan. I love the group (like every other American), I grew up listening to their songs and I made it a point to seek out Beatle locations while visiting England. Also, if you don't already know, my wife is the best. She's also a big Beatles fan (it's how we originally bonded [in addition to watching Wet Hot American Summer]), and was eager to join me as we canvassed several neighborhoods in search of Fab Four landmarks.
Many scenes (too many?) in A Hard Day's Night take place inside hotel rooms or other nondescript interiors (e.g., sets built on the Twickenham Studios lot). Likewise, there are a few exteriors that are equally unremarkable (e.g., the "Can't Buy Me Love" sequence, shot at Gatwick Airport). This means that finding identifiable locations nearly 50 years after the film came out is increasingly difficult.
Thankfully, some of these locations still exist.
The aforementioned opening sequence was meant to be Liverpool's famous Lime Street Station. It was actually filmed in London at Marylebone Station.
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For your reference, here's Liverpool's Lime Street Station:
Here's a phone booth! Just like in A Hard Day's Night!
While there are some scenes in which the train moves ...
I hate to say it, but those are probably the most recognizable existing locations in A Hard Day's Night (I didn't get around to a tour of Twickenham Studios, nor do they even still have any of the old Beatles sets).
BUT, if you're still interested in seeing some historic Beatle locations throughout London and Liverpool, READ ON!
Disclaimer: the rest of this post has very little [read: nothing] to do with movies. As if the first section was a real cinematic home run (it was not).
Here we are walking across Abbey Road, just like the Beatles! And every other tourist over the last 50 years! 28 IF!