The wonderful Sherlock Holmes tour of London is a real treat for all of the family. It explores places featured in the novels, and allows you to see the real-life sites which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as locations recognised in film and television adaptations of the detective’s exciting adventures. It is a must-do activity for real fans of the legendary super-sleuth and his sidekick Watson.
The tour begins at the very place where Holmes and Watson first meet in the books, and then takes in literary sites from grand hotels to the finest gentlemen’s clubs, as well as the true heart of London which gave Arthur Conan Doyle the ideas to weave his tales of intrigue, suspense and tension.
You will also get to visit many of the film and television locations and places in the capital which have featured in screen adaptations starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Junior and Jeremy Brett, amongst many other high-profile names. Along the way, you will have ample opportunities to take pictures and see some spectacular locations up-close in order to get a real feel for your immediate surroundings.
And feel free to dress up as Sherlock himself or any other person in the series if you are feeling a little creative yourself and want to immerse yourself into his character, as this will only add to the excitement and ambiance. It is entirely up to you, of course, as you can just come dressed as yourself if you wish.
The Sherlock Holmes tour finishes at the salubrious Somerset House on the Strand, and is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users or those with prams or buggies due to access issues.
If you are keen to get a true taste of what London living would have been like in the mid to late 19th century, then this tour is for you. See where John Watson first hears of Sherlock Holmes from his good friend Stamford, and visit prime locations featured in the smash-hit BBC series, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, as well as the latest blockbuster adaptation featuring the fantastic Robert Downey Jr.
You can also find existing locations from the Conan Doyle books, including The Bruce Partington Plans, A Study in Scarlet, The Illustrious Client and other much-loved stories.
The tour runs on Saturdays from 10:30am (January-December), Wednesdays from 10:30am (17th Feb, March-October and the 21st and 28th December) and Fridays, also from 10:30am (July-August). It lasts for a period of two hours, and the meeting point is at the established ‘Savini at Criterion’ restaurant, situated at the heart of Piccadilly Circus.
Private tours for up to 20 people can also be organised, so if you want to seek out the sights with a group of close friends or family members then this is no problem at all.
It is something a little different to do, instead of the usual jaunts around Harrods, Hamley’s and Harvey Nichols, although if you do enjoy indulging in some much-needed retail therapy then you will still have the opportunity to do so, as the Sherlock Holmes tour finishes at lunchtime.
So, after a brisk two-hour journey around the various sights and attractions which the capital has to offer it is high time that you chose a spot to dine, and enjoy the opportunity to people-watch at your leisure. There are plenty of fine-dining establishments as well as quaint and quirky bistros, bustling cafes and nearby watering holes in which you will experience the very best in British cuisine.
From local pizza parlours to the world-famous (and appropriately-titled) Sherlock’s Bar and Grill, there really is something for the whole family to enjoy. At Sherlock’s, you can even choose from a two or three-course set menu, so can save the pennies whilst still indulging in locally-sourced delicacies. Remember to leave some space for dessert, as the puddings really are to die for!
Boutique guesthouses with that added touch of modern flair and elegance are hard to come by, as the majority of hotels are a little grand and overly-opulent. You want to stay in a place which is charming, original and comes with the guarantee of exceptional customer service and faultless hospitality throughout.
Customers return time and time again to experience the delights which the gorgeous Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel has to offer, as it is considered to be the most sought-after guesthouse in the region. With individually designed, tasteful suites, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi access and tea and coffee making facilities, each and every little request is catered for.
If you have been thinking about where to go for an early-morning snack, then you do not have to worry, as a lovely Continental or Full English breakfast is included in the price of your stay. You can choose to fill up on sausages, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs, or even opt for a simple bacon butty.
For something a bit lighter, fresh fruit and yoghurt is always a winning combination. And, the best thing is, you do not have to do any washing up at the end!