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Points of interest on my first day's tubewalk, on the Metropolitan line
Here's a selection of highlights from my tubewalk, picked from more than 1300 points of interest I noted along the way:
World Firsts: I walked past the site of the first ever Tesco store, the UK's first McDonald's and Nando's, and the world's very first Hard Rock Café.
The Beatles in London: Not only did I pass the studio where the Beatles failed their Decca audition and were told that guitar bands were 'on the way out', but I also wandered past the house where Paul McCartney wrote 'Yesterday', the apartment of Brian Epstein, the old where the cover of EMI headquarters Please Please Me was shot, the roof of Apple Corps headquarters where the band played their last gig, the site of the doomed Apple Boutique and the zebra crossing on the cover of Abbey Road. A magical mystery tour indeed!
Musical Connections: As if that wasn't enough, I visited the birthplace and childhood home of David Bowie in Brixton, and the London homes of Elton John and the late Freddie Mercury.
TV and Film Landmarks: I walked past Bridget Jones's house, the former Big Breakfast cottage, John Steed's flat in the Avengers and, most impressively, the house from . Spaced
Murder Most Foul: There were not one, or two, but four Jack the Ripper murder sites en route, plus the Blind Beggar pub, scene of a notorious murder by the Krays.
Miscellaneous: I also visited Moxon Street (of course), the Bank of England printing works (a place that genuinely has a licence to print money) and the former home of the Earth's worst poet (according to Douglas Adams, anyway).
That's just a tiny selection, and I'm sure I managed to walk right past some amazing sights and sites without having a clue, but that's the beauty of London. The layers go so deep that scratching the surface is entertaining in its own right...
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