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Looking for a Sherlock Holmes tour of London? You can check out a number of the Sherlock filming locations in central London just by taking a walk. The first stop on the tour is the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street. From Sherlock Holmes’ address, you can take a short walking tour of many of the locations that inspired the original literature and the TV show.
Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of London
After the museum, I went off for a walk through Regent’s 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!
Where is Sherlock Filmed?
Coming through to the other side of Regent’s Park you’ll find yourself near Speedy’s. Speedy’s you’ll recall as a filming location from BBC Sherlock. 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.
They have plenty of items on the menu so you won’t be short on things to try. 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!
BBC Sherlock 221b Baker Street
Just next door to Speedy’s is where 221B Baker St is located on the BBC Sherlock series. They obviously swap out the door so that it has the correct address on it when filming. But it’s a great Sherlock filming location none the less. You could easily recreate this photo above there Sherlock cosplayers!
Now onto Chinatown! I had run 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 & Trafalgar Square
Piccadilly Circus is not far off, I did all of this walking remember! You can see Piccadilly in the show’s opening credits, as well as a Sherlock filming location for other scenes. After taking in all Piccadilly has to offer, including Criterion Bar, a haunt of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Note, this place is pricey so I didn’t go in. Head down to Trafalgar Square, another filming location for BBC Sherlock’s “Blind Banker.” Trafalgar Square is a great spot, with a big open area, and the National Gallery is right there as well. If you’re a total nerd like me, you’re listening to the BBC Sherlock soundtrack by now on your iPhone on this Sherlock Holmes walking tour.
The Sherlock Pub
Last but not least, the Sherlock Pub! It is a great place to end your Sherlock Holmes tour of London. 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.’ The Sherlock Pub 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 😉