Saturday, 8 May 2021

Did the Beatles ever live together?

In the film Help The Beatles living together in the ultimate bachelor pad. Four doors lead into a miraculous shared space with all mod cons. No boring housework to worry about. 


Unsurprisingly, this fun palace bore little resemblance to their own living arrangements, past or present. Before they were famous, the band had shared countless dingy rooms and transit vans but never a formal address.  

Paul McCartney, always conscious of his local reputation, still officially lived in his childhood home when he returned from USA in February 1964. Like his bandmates, the 22 year-old millionaire had always relied on 'home' for bed & board, plus laundry and poste restante.

London

Brian Epstein finally moved The Beatles base of operations to  London in the summer of 1963. He arranged for them to stay at the Hotel President, near the British Museum in Bloomsbury. Though a major upgrade on what they were used to, the President was chosen for the comparative anonymity of its location and reputation.

Soon, however, there were practical problems. Fans began tracking them down. Every day larger numbers laid siege to their hotel. By early autumn, with She Loves You at Number One, staying in any public building had become untenable.

Green Street

To increase their privacy, Brian Epstein arranged for the band to move into a three bedroom top floor flat in Green Street, Mayfair, near Hyde Park. There were three bedrooms, with the Lennon family taking one and the other three Beatles sharing the rest of the apartment.
The Green Street arrangement — the only time The Beatles formally lived together — only lasted a few months. John, Cynthia and the toddler Julian soon moved to their own flat on Emperor’s Gate. 

George and Ringo followed Brian Epstein to Whaddon House, an exclusive development near Harrods. They shared another apartment there for a year before eventually escaping to the suburbs.

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