Liverpool clearly offers the most obvious and best-known Beatles' haunts. But die-hard fans can follow in the postfame footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo east to London, where the Beatles-connected sights include:
*Abbey Road Crossing and Studios. No. 3 Abbey Road was the group's primary recording studio. The last recording sessions here were in August 1969 for what became the "Abbey Road" album. For the album's cover photograph, the four Beatles strutted across the nearby street crossing -- and fans have been coming here year after year to do the same.
*Apples Corps Ltd. This five-story building on Savile Row was the group's music and business headquarters. In January 1969, in the famous "Let It Be" segment filmed on the building's rooftop, the Beatles gave their last performance together in front of an audience.
*Beatle homes. The four lads from Liverpool and manager Brian Epstein all resettled in London, starting in 1963. Some of the dwellings are more notable than others, such as Ringo's house at 34 Montagu Square, where John and Yoko were arrested in 1968 for possession of hashish. The drug bust later threatened Lennon's U.S. immigration status.
*The Prince of Wales Theatre, where the group gave a Royal Command Performance in 1963, and the London Pavilion, where their films premiered, are easily accessible to tourists. Other sights are not, such as Paul's present-day MPL Communications office (1 Soho Square) and the now-defunct art gallery near Piccadilly Circus (6 Mason's Yard) where John and Yoko first met.
The truly smitten can also arrange a troika Beatlemania excursion that includes Hamburg. This West German port city is where the group -- before and after Ringo joined up -- played the Star-Club, the Top Ten Club and other spots on the rowdy Reeperbahn, honing their early performances during three prefame tours.
For more information, a "Discover Beatles London" map is available for about $1.50 at the Beatle City museum in Liverpool or at the Liverpool Tourist Office.