I’m sure there are many a’ post on the internet about Sherlock Holmes, and where exactly in London you can visit set locations from the show, swot up on Holmes trivia, and even see the man himself. Well here’s one more for the pile, but hopefully will a little bit of added geek for you in all in the form Sherlock museum exhibit dates, which I might add,are soon to come to an end, so act QUICK!
Why I love Sherlock
I love Sherlock, and I’m going to assume you do too. I mean, who doesn’t? How could you not? Let’s face it, he’s always described as a handsome chap, eccentric but also what you might call introverted, with an incredible air of authority, astounding levels intelligence, but also has that dry wit and sense of humour which you can’t help crack a rye smile too. He’s kind of like a British Tony Stark, just from a different time (Sherlock came first) and minus a billion dollar exoskeleton of red and gold amour. Ironically Tony Stark and the Hollywood version of Holmes are played by the same man – Robert Downey Jr, but even the BBC version of Sherlock exudes the same traits of this fictional character I and many many others have come to love.
And it’s the BBC version of Sherlock that shall be the focus of this post. Whilst I do very much like the Hollywood films, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman staring as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s super detective Holmes and companion Dr John Watson are a joy to behold when on my TV screen. So, lets take a look at where in London you can follow in Holmes/Cumberbatch’s and Watson/Freeman’s footsteps.
The man himself, or at least a great statue of Holmes. No entrance fee or queues for this one, simply walk out of Baker Street station (Marylebone Road exits) and Holmes will be there, towering over you in all his bronzed glory. Pipe and deerstalker very much present.
Commissioned by the Abbey National Building Society, sculpted by John Doubleday, and unveiled on 23 September 1999, the 3 metre tall statue is found on the Marylebone Road rather than the more seemingly appropriate Baker Street. Why? – apparently there was nowhere suitable on Baker Street.
Nearest underground station: Baker Street
Sherlock Holmes Museum
What can be found on Baker Street is Sherlock’s home, the famous 221B Baker Street – a now grade II listed building. Well, I say home, but it’s actually a privately funded museum. Take that ‘museum’ part with a pinch of salt though, as there isn’t any educational element to the museum. In fact, the museum is more like an immersion experience, allowing visitors to walk through Holmes 1st floor flat as it was first described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in writing, and then later depicted on screen by the BBC. Expect memorabilia, a life size wax work, and of course a gift shop.
Official website: http://www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk/
Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am – 6pm
Admission: Adult £10 Child £8 (under 16yrs)
Nearest underground station: Baker Street
Speedy’s Cafe + 187 Gower Street
Want to dine (or snack) as Sherlock does? Why not hit Speedy’s cafe on Gower Street, and also take in the door they actually use as the door to Sherlock’s flat during filming. Let’s be real, its never going to quiet enough outside the museum on Baker Street to get any filming done, so instead 187 Gower Street is used, and a false door with 221b simply put in place.
Nearest underground station: Euston Square
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Sherlock Holmes Pub
Previously a hotel, and then the Northumberland Arm’s, The Sherlock Holmes public house, located on Northumberland Street, also doubles as a Sherlock exhibition, housing a large collection of memorabilia, some of which dates from as early as 1951 when it was collected and displayed as a part of the Festival of Britain.
The pub doesn’t feature in the new BBC series, but it did appear in the 1892 Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, and you must be thirsty by now, so why not stop by, order a beer and check out some of the Holmes memorabilia.
Nearest underground station: Charring Cross
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St Bartholomew’s Hospital
The scenes of Holmes’ and Watson’s first meeting in the BBC series, and where they seemingly parted ways at the end of series 2 as Holmes leapt from the hospital rooftop to his apparent death. The oldest hospital in London, having survived both the Great Fire of London, and the Blitz in the Second World War, scenes from the series set inside the hospital were actually shot in Cardiff somewhere.
Fun story – for a time following the end of series 2 following Sherlock’s apparent death, the phone box outside of St Bart’s became a posting board/shrine for Sherlock tributes written by adoring fans of the character and show.
Nearest underground station: St Paul’s
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Where in the world?
So, where in London can you find all of these sites? Try here, here, here, here and here …