Following their marriage on March 20th, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, used the publicity they knew they would receive to promote world peace against the background of the Vietnam War.
The Bed-In took place in two hotels- the first for a week in the Presidential Suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel for a week between March 25 and 31, and the second in Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, in Montreal in the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite (that name may have been applied later…)- it was in the latter that ‘Give Peace a Chance’ was composed and recorded.
While the hotel remained open for booking for years after the bed in as it was, today it is more of an interactive experience, including virtual reality sets to allow a fully immersive experience for guests, to experience, from John and Yoko’s POV the hoards of press and their reactions to the bed camped couple.
If you would like to experience it for yourself and you have €1,500 per night to spare (and you can find the room available!), you can give peace a chance yourself.
If you do, you might also want to visit the 2009 commemorative art piece created by Linda Covit and Marie-Claude Seguin opened in Mount Royal Park, close to the Fairmont, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bed In. Made of almost 180 limestone slabs, it features the phrase ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in 40 languages.