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34 Montagu Square, London

34 Montagu Square, London

At 34 Montagu Square, fans can snap a photo of a John Lennon English Heritage Blue Plaque. The property was bought in 1965 by Ringo Starr and was rented out to Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix – and then later on, in 1968, to John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who lived in the basement and the ground floor during this time.

It is the location where the couple took the famous nude photograph for the cover of their “Two Virgins” album, and was also where, in the morning of 18 October 1968, the couple were arrested by the Drugs Squad. Unsurprisingly, detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher, who handled the bust, built his drug squad career targeting musicians, including Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, and Eric Clapton.

Lennon had been tipped off a few weeks earlier by a journalist that Pilcher had him next on the list and he had the flat meticulously cleaned. He was dumbfounded when the police told him that sniffer dogs had found cannabis resin in various hiding places, such as a binoculars case, a film can, and a cigarette roller, totaling about half an ounce in all.

Lennon and Ono were marched through crowds of photographers outside and were taken by police car to Paddington Green. There Lennon spoke to EMI's Sir Joseph Lockwood, who gave advice on how to deal with the police.

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Sight Name: 34 Montagu Square
Sight Location: London, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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