This month I figured it was time to explore to the beautiful world of culture media, mostly because I miss it. Of course. But even if you aren’t a connoisseur of Sherlockian shows and movies (ahem, like me), or you watched a few movies but never read the books (but you should), I would still suggest a Sherlock Walk in London. Naturally, this is a must for any fan of the super sleuth (meaning Sir Author Conan Doyle would have hated this walk). I’ll give you some tips on three places worth seeing and where to see them, and naturally it starts on Baker’s Street. (I apologise in advance for picture quality).
It might interest “ordinary” fans (read: not Sherlock weeaboos) that 221B Baker’s Street is not an actual address. Honestly, this is probably a good thing, considering people have the tendency to Take Things Too Far (try googling the reason American films use 555 numbers instead of real phone numbers). Could you imagine the slew of people showing up looking for “Sherlock Holmes” when the first books came out? Anarchy.
The station itself is a stop on your walk, so arrive by train rather than magical red bus. Take a look at the walls, and of course don’t miss the iconic Sherlock Holmes statue out front.
What’s at 221B? Nothing. At the closest address, though, you will find a fantastic gift-shop, and an apparently less-than-worthy museum.
It was here that I picked up a fantastic “Watson’s Casebook,” with a fun scrapbook-like feel and including several of Holmes’ best stories’ notes.The Sherlock Holmes Public House and Restaurant.Incidentally, I believe the Beatle’s museum is next door to this… I didn’t pick up the trail until the next day, but if you have the whole day to do this, I suggest next taking a peak at
I suggest not ordering the food, maybe just a drink, because it is overpriced for “meh, okay,” but the inside is really amazing if you request a seat by 221B. On the walls is a lot of cool stuff, though, so overall I definitely recommend it for your walk! Unfortunately the glass around the display prevents really good pictures, but the details in the room are fabulous.
What really gets me are the VR (Queen Victoria- in the books Holmes did the same thing, as he was a big patriot. In the newer BBC version, this is turned into a smily face, but the RDJ version featured this) and the pictures of the code from the Dancing Men.
That concludes this spot, and my personal adventure, but two years after my trip, a new “Sherlock” appeared on BBC. When I return to England, I definitely plan to give the BBC version a continued walk. Some I’ve been to already, but without the Holmes Connection. I’ll let you know how that goes.