Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was never such a big fan of his most famous literary creation. However, much to his dismay, London fell in love with him. When he finally killed Sherlock off in a sensational story set at the German Reichenbach Falls, people actually wore mourning clothes because they were so upset. Some even wrote obituaries in the newspapers for the poor detective.
London has always adored Sherlock. So, when you book a room at the Shaftesbury Hotel collection, make sure you pick one that’s near Baker Street.
Baker Street Museum
Sherlock used to live at the non-existent 221B Baker Street, but thankfully for fans, the Sherlock Holmes museum opened so they have somewhere to address their letters. Inside the museum, which is an 1815 townhouse, fans can find items from several different adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and recreations of scenes from the famous 80s television version. The rooms are separated into Sherlock’s laboratory, Dr. Watson’s room, Sherlock Holmes’ room, the sitting room, bathroom and study—so fans can get an insight into what life would have been like for the famous fictional detective.
The Sherlock Holmes Pub
Across from Charing Cross railway station is a pub called The Sherlock Holmes, and like the Baker Street Museum, the pub has a replica of his fictional apartment upstairs. Downstairs, the pub itself has been restored to late Victorian grandeur, making it look like the kind of place that Sherlock and Dr. Watson would have gone to discuss cases. After that, it’s not far to your Hyde Park hotel.
Any Sherlock Holmes fan will have an opinion on the recent big-budget Sherlock adaptations—the films with Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch’s BBC version. Now you can see them in the flesh—almost—at Madame Tussaud’s. Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock is in full Victorian costume, and visitors can play with the interactive exhibits in his study, whereas Cumberbatch wears a version of his long blue coat and scarf from his more modern version of the books.
If you feel like your taste for Sherlock has given you a sense of what it would be like to be a real detective in the field, try your hand at the numerous escape rooms around the capital. The idea is that you and some friends are locked in a room and you have to solve clues to find your way out. The time is ticking down, and if you don’t get out in time, you might have to return to the original books to get better at spotting clues!
The Langham Hotel
Arthur Conan Doyle and great author Oscar Wilde enjoyed a dinner together here once; legend says that Holmes’ second appearance came soon after. The hotel, for its pains, is also namechecked in several different Holmes mysteries throughout his fictional life—paying a visit to the grand old hotel is a surefire way of soaking up some literary history!