Help!, 1965


Richard Lester


visit the film locations

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Cliveden House, near Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire

Salisbury Plain and West Wiltshire Downs

Bahamas Tourism

Obertauern Tourism


The Beatles’ first film, A Hard Day’s Night, was filmed mainly around London.

Help! location: Ailsa Avenue, Twickenham, Middlesex

Help! location: the boys' four houses: Ailsa Avenue, Twickenham, Greater London

The Beatles’ second cinematic outing, this time in glorious colour, is a more surreal, freewheeling affair than the previous semi-documentary, with drummer Ringo Starr unwittingly coming into possession of an ominous sacrificial ring and... well, as if the plot mattered.

The four seemingly-modest terraced houses, behind which the Fab Four inhabit a single luxury suite, are numbers 5, 7, 9 and 11 Ailsa Avenue, west of St Margaret’s Road just over Twickenham Bridge in St Margaret’s, conveniently close to Twickenham Studios.

Ringo attempts, unsuccessfully, to have the sacrificial ring removed at classy jewellers Asprey’s, 165 New Bond Street, W1.

The ‘Rajahama’ Indian restaurant was the Dolphin Restaurant, now the California Pizza Company, 8 Blandford Street, W1, by Marylebone High Street.

The Beatles perform in the middle of a circle of Chieftain tanks, while being protected by the army, at Knighton Down on the B3086 about ten miles north of Salisbury at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain (home, of course, of Stonehenge).

When the group hides out at ‘Buckingham Palace’, it’s really Cliveden House (site of the actual events recounted in the 1989 movie Scandal), three miles northeast of Maidenhead on the B476 Hedsor road (rail: Taplow). Cliveden House, once home to the Astor family, is now a luxury hotel.

Help! location: The City Barge, Strand-on-the-Green, Kew, London

Help! location: the riverside pub: The City Barge, Strand-on-the-Green, Kew, London

The riverside pub, with the Beethoven-loving tiger in the basement, is the historic City Barge, 27 Strand-on-the-Green, Gunnersbury, W4, east of Kew Bridge by Post Office Alley. The 15th century pub is named for the Lord Mayor’s barge, which used to be moored nearby. For a really surreal experience, visit during high tide when the riverside terrace disappears and the front bar is awash with Thames water.

The Beatles used their clout to get a few more exotic locations written into the script. Ski scenes were filmed on the snowy slopes at Obertauern in Austria, while the sun-drenched beaches are at Nassau and on the surroundings of New Providence Island in the Bahamas.

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