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I know, I know, finally my Sherlock for a Day in London post! So I started my favorite day in London by going to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. I then went off for a walk through Regents Park, it is literally a block away, you can see it from Sherlock’s window. Take your time here as it is an exquisite park. They host plays here as well, Robert Sean Leonard was performing in “To Kill a Mockingbird” when I was there. Leonard is well known for his role in House, as Dr. Wilson. Word is Cumberbatch also performed here in the past, so heck, great acting at the least!
Coming through to the other side of Regents Park you’ll find yourself near Speedy’s. Just a few blocks away from the park’s edge, it’s really quite small. If you find yourself there at lunch time be aware this place is popular! I had to stand outside the door for about 5-10 minutes in order to get inside and order. Now comes the fun part, they have plenty of items on the menu. They even have a Sherlock and a Watson wrap, though I couldn’t bring myself to order those. I did get a nice chicken wrap however. If you poke around inside they have some photos and fan art on the walls from BBC Sherlock. You can tell they really do love the show, and their fans. The people who work here are super nice and friendly, plus, you can’t turn down well priced tasty food!
Now onto Chinatown! I had ran across Chinatown while on my way to Piccadilly Circus on my first day out. It really is a nice area, and if you’re a Chinese food nut like me, you’ll enjoy the food as well. The reason I bring it up, is that part of “The Blind Banker” was shot here. Piccadilly Circus is not far off, I did all of this walking by the way! Piccadilly can be seen in the show’s opening credits, as well as a location for other scenes. See my London post for more on this area.
Piccadilly & Trafalgar Square
After taking in all Piccadilly has to offer, including Criterion Bar, a haunt of the Doyle’s Sherlock. Note, this place is pricey so I didn’t go in, I just took pictures. Head down to Trafalgar Square, another filming location for BBC Sherlock’s “Blind Banker.” Trafalgar Square is another great spot, big open area, and the National Gallery is right there. If you’re a total nerd like me, you’re listening to the BBC Sherlock soundtrack by now on your iPhone.
Sherlock Holmes Pub
Last but not least, the Sherlock Holmes Pub! This place is a bit of a hidden gem, and I really mean hidden. My Aunt had trouble finding this place so make sure you have the address. Once there make sure to take a look at everything, there is an upstairs and downstairs. The upstairs contains a recreation of Sherlock’s study/living room. There is also plenty of memorabilia from past film and television portrayals of our favorite detective. The food here is pretty good, it’s also reasonably priced. Back in the states, any of these ‘themed’ restaurants charge you an arm and a leg for the ‘ambiance.’ They even decorated the bathroom in this place with memorabilia. Though I have to say, the men’s bathroom had nicer photos of Robert Downey Jr…don’t ask how I know 😉