If, like me, you are a Sherlock Holmes fan then come along with me on an epic adventure in central London to catch glimpses of this enigmatic sleuth. The key image above of course is his statue, in front of Baker Street Underground Station.
Heading underground, there are tiles and portraits of the great detective all over the station – so many in fact, that they can become a bit of a blur!
Just a hop, skip and a jump away along Baker Street itself is the Sherlock Holmes Museum and the entrance to 221B Baker Street where the great detective supposedly lived – arguably the most famous address in the world.
Housed in an 1815 townhouse, the staff dress in period costume and the entire four floors are dedicated to Sherlock – ground floor: the shop (to purchase your deerstalker), first floor: Sherlock’s rooms, second floor: Dr Watson’s and third and fourth: dedicated to the various novels and characters therein. Watch out for the statue of Moriaty … there’s something a little sinister about him …
This is the main living room of the museum and it captures the flavour of the Jeremy Brett TV series perfectly. Or that could be the other way around.
There is a blue plaque outside the museum but I am unsure if this is actually a real one. If it is, would it be the first one given to a (whispering here) fictional character?
Leaving the Victoria depiction of Sherlock behind for a more contemporary feel, nip for a quick snack at Speedy’s Cafe in North Gower Street, near Euston Station. It’s where the current (excellent) BBC series Sherlock is occasionally filmed and where Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) first meets Watson. Holmes’ rooms are supposed to be above …
Finally, refresh your thirst at the Sherlock Holmes Public House on Northumberland Avenue near Charing Cross Railway Station. Once known as the Northumberland Arms, the name swiftly changed when the owners Whitbreads purchased the travelling exhibition of Sherlock Holmes put together for the 1951 Festival of Britain, promising to give it a permanent home. On the first floor, see the replica of Sherlock’s study and sitting room. All around the pub, are items from the stories, many donated apparently by Conan Doyle’s own family.
Contributor: Sue Lowry