Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour is a two-hour long walking tour that will take you on a journey to some of the famous locations from both the BBC Sherlock television series to the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies. In this experience, you will come across several sites related to the book and get a chance to learn about the author behind the character, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Sherlock Holmes Walking London will take you on a journey to witness notable locations, like 221B Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and several other locations from the Sherlock series. You will also discover the venues that were featured in the popular screen adaptations with Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downey Jr. Visitors can even click pictures at this location as a token of remembrance to the filming locations of the BBC Sherlock series.
On your journey to Baker Street, you will witness the rooftop where Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes carried out their final meeting. You can drop by Irene Adler’s house, savor the taste of a cup of coffee and snacks at Speedy’s Cafe, and pay a visit to Goldsmith’s Hall. Each location in this walking tour will make you feel nostalgic about the series.
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If you are planning to take on the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour London, you must be aware of all the locations that were shot in the series, ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ Following are the top locations that will make you feel nostalgic upon your visit on the walking tour:
221 B Baker Street is one of the most notable locations in the world for the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London. However, this address is not situated on Baker Street, where the scenes of Sherlock Holmes were shot. In fact, this location is actually at 187 North Gower Street. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, you will know about Speedy’s Cafe. But, very few people know that it is a real cafe in London. This cafe has been managing its fame and serving coffee and snacks to Sherlock fans pretty well.
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Russell Square Gardens is a tiny patch of green land in Bloomsbury that has been featured in the first episode of the Sherlock Holmes series. On the tour, you will come across this place where Watson was sipping his coffee with his friend, Mike Stanford, and heard ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for the first time. The bench shown in the film was a prop, but you can sit on other benches in the park and relish the experience of witnessing the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour location.
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St. Bart’s Hospital is the oldest surviving hospital in England. It is the place where Watson and Sherlock Holmes met for the first time, even in the original story. The other scene of Sherlock Holmes where Moriarty and Sherlock meet in the climax of ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ was shot at this place. The scene where Holmes leaps on the ground from the roof in series two has also been shot at St. Bart’s Hospital. You will definitely feel nostalgic about the different scenes that have been created at this location.
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In the series of Sherlock Holmes, Tower 42 is the Shad Sanderson that has been used as the financial institution in ‘The Blind Banker’ episode in series 1 and the last episode of series 3. Upon its construction, it was regarded as the tallest building in the United Kingdom. But now, it is the 6th tallest structure that has been used distinctively for both interiors and exteriors in Sherlock. On your Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour London, you will visit Tower 42 and can enjoy your heart out at the champagne bar on the top floor with breathtaking views over the city.
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Battersea Power Station is the largest brick structure in entire Europe. This structure has been featured twice in ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’. The first time John and Sherlock were brought to the car and shown the body, and the second one was when John and Irene met at the giant marble turbine hall. The Battersea Power Station is a renowned sight on London’s skyline, and there are several regeneration works occurring on this structure to transform it into a series of flats, offices, shops, and restaurants.
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Irene Adler’s Home in the series was located in Eaton Square, which is a space for the most expensive property in the United Kingdom. In fact, the average cost of the house starts at around GBP 4600 per square foot in Eaton Square. Though you may think that it is a residential area, you will find that there are plenty of businesses and embassies on your Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour London. The exterior part of Irene’s home shows 44 Eaten Square in the series, certainly due to the blue plaque placed on the front part of the building.
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The exterior shots of the episode in ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’ were taken in the original Buckingham Palace. On the contrary, the interior shots of the Palace were taken in the Goldsmith’s Hall. This hall belongs to the Goldsmiths’ Company, which is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of London City. It has been responsible for testing the quality of gold, silver, palladium, and platinum, which itself shows the massiveness of the place. You can witness the beauty of this hall on your Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour.
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Piccadilly Circus has been used in the opening credit section of each episode of Sherlock Holmes. You will also find this place featured in ‘The Great Game’ when the Moriarty victim was standing in the circus, expecting to get saved by Sherlock. Visitors can learn and experience plenty of things about the Piccadilly Circus on their Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour. You can even click pictures of your favorite spots as a token of remembrance of the locations of the Sherlock Holmes series.
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Brindisa Tapas Kitchens - Soho is a beautiful tiny Spanish restaurant where John and Sherlock sat and waited for the taxi in the opening episode of ‘Sherlock, A Study in Pink’. After they recognized the taxi, a mad chase started happening through the restaurant, Soho. The exteriors of the restaurant were also featured in the series Sherlock Holmes. You can even enjoy tapas on your walking tour stop at the Brindisa Tapas Kitchens - Soho. It is definitely going to be a refreshing thing to do after so much walking.
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23 and 24 Leinster Gardens are the front part of the two houses, which do not exist in reality. Upon the construction of the railway line connecting Bayswater Stations and Paddington, these two front parts were built to block the sight of the rail line from the street. This location has also been used as an address in pizza delivery pranks in the last episode of Sherlock’s series 3, ‘His Last Vow’. In one shot, the face of Mary Watson was projected on the front part of the building, and Sherlock presents an explanation of the history of the buildings in another.
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Starting Point: The Sherlock Holmes Museum- 221b Baker Street, London NW1 6XE, United Kingdom.
Timings: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm (Wednesday and Saturday)
Best Time to Experience: There is no specific best time to experience Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour London. You can select the time based on your interest and availability and experience the walking tour at your own pace.
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By Train- Marylebone Station served by Chiltern Railways is the nearest railway station to the starting point of the Sherlock Holmes Tour. You can also board a train to London Paddington on the Bakerloo line to reach The Sherlock Holmes Museum for the walking tour.
By Underground- If you are thinking of traveling to the starting point of the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour London by underground transportation, you are just a minute's walking distance from the Baker Street station on the Metropolitan, Jubilee Circle, Bakerloo, Hammersmith, and City Lines.
By Bus- You can take any bus numbers 13, 74, 189, and 274 to reach the foot of the tour's starting point. Alternatively, you can take either bus numbers 18, 27, 30, 113, 205, or 453, which will drop you at Marylebone Road, which is located only five minutes away from your ideal destination.
By Car- The meeting point of the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour is only 0.5 miles away from London’s city center. You can follow the directions on GPS and reach your final destination in just five minutes.
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What is the best time to experience the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour?
The best time to experience Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour London remains anytime depending on the group. There is no specific time to select the walking tour, but you can choose the time based on your interest and availability.
How long is the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour?
The duration of the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour is around two to three hours, depending on the time you take to walk and stop at each location. Within this time frame, you will witness some of the most famous filming locations from the BBC Sherlock television series to the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes. You will need one hour just to explore the entire Sherlock Holmes Museum. Hence, you must spare at least two to three hours to enjoy the walking tour.
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Does the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour happen every day?
No, the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour does not take place every day. You can experience this tour only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting at 10.30 am. You can decide on the time of the tour with your group and relish the experience of witnessing the locations of the television series.
Can we click pictures during the tour?
Yes, you can click pictures during the tour. However, it is advisable to listen to the short introduction of the tour carefully, and then you can click as many pictures as you like during the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour.
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What is the best time to visit London?
The best time to visit London remains between June and August. During this time, the place experiences a blend of sunshine and rain, and the temperature ranges from 13 to 30 degrees Celsius. This makes it ideal for visitors to go sightseeing, take a walking tour, or indulge in some adventurous activities.