As a big Sherlock Holmes fan, both the books and show with Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman, one of the things I was the most excited about for London was getting to see the Sherlock sights! Next to the Harry Potter sights, I’d say that Sherlock was the most important part of my London Bucket List.
221b Baker Street was a bit disappointing. I was under the impression there was a plaque like the one from the BBC show but it was a door to the museum, with the number on the glass above the door. The queue for the museum was massive so we just had a look around the gift shop, but there wasn’t anything in particular that caught my eye. I already have all the books, so there wasn’t anything I needed.
What I liked about Baker Street in general was the Sherlock decor in the tube, and nods to Sherlock in the area like images in restaurants and shop names.
Baker Street was one of my favourite places in London. We stayed around Victoria/Westminster but when I inevitably go back to London if we don’t stay there again, I’d like to be in Baker Street. It’s a lively area, but not overwhelmingly swarmed with tourists like Leicester Square is.
We went on a Jack the Ripper AND Sherlock tour where the guide pointed out a few sights and fun facts, such as that there’s a conspiracy theory that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the Ripper himself! We got to see the infamous building Sherlock jumped off in season 3, and the hospital where John and Sherlock meet in the books. It was also cool to see areas in London that appear in the show often too, such as the big oval building I now know is locally called the Gerkin! I’m such a tourist that even hailing London’s iconic black cabs reminded me of the show – where do John & Sherlock get the money to constantly be paying for taxis?
The tour ended at the Sherlock Holmes pub on Northumberland Street, which had a small recreation off Sherlock’s study. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed in the study itself, but it was cool to see his iconic violin on the couch.
Overall, the Sherlock locations in London were unfortunately underwhelming but I’m still glad I saw them. Doing another thing on my big list of things before I die is always worth it, even when they sometimes don’t turn out to be as good as I hoped.
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