Holmes and Watson hit the big screen on 21 December. Directed by Etan Cohen and starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, the film is a funny take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed and much-loved detective Sherlock Holmes. To celebrate its release, we’ve compiled a list of five must-visit Sherlock-related attractions dotted around the capital. So on your next trip to London, why not explore some of the locations that the deerstalker hat-wearing, tobacco pipe-smoking detective called home?
Wander out of Baker Street Underground station and onto Marylebone Road and you’ll come face-to-face with the great detective – or at least a three metre tall bronze version of him. The area is synonymous with the detective and sculptor John Doubleday’s handiwork is a sight to behold. It’s also part of the Talking Statues project, which means you can receive a simulated voice call from Holmes, voiced by actor Ed Stoppard and scripted by English author Anthony Horowitz, by scanning a QR code at the site.
Lovingly maintained in its full Victorian splendour, the literary home of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson of 221b Baker Street is fittingly also the home of the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Hidden away between 241 and 237 Baker Street, the museum pays homage to the great detective and his affectionate colleague and is packed full of unique antiques, artefacts and memorabilia.
With its traditional façade and Victorian-style interior, the Sherlock Holmes Pub is a time-honoured landmark on Northumberland Street. Sample the Sherlock-inspired menu alongside a traditional English ale, before venturing upstairs to discover a detailed recreation of Holmes’ famous Baker Street flat – provided with the blessing of the Conan Doyle estate. Visitors can also take a break from sightseeing and delve into some of the detective’s renowned mysteries with help from numerous clues.
The former palace of King Henry VIII takes centre stage in Holmes and Watson. Tour the pristine rooms and marvel at their architectural splendour, before getting lost in the world’s oldest puzzle maze that dates back to 1700. The palace’s unmissable gardens include 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland, located within a loop of the River Thames, while the grounds host the annual Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Festival, as well as an ice skating rink during the winter months.
The University of Greenwich provides an idyllic backdrop for Holmes’ latest adventures, and you can get an overview of the various filming locations as you explore the picturesque beauty of Greenwich Park. Renowned for offering spectacular views of the London skyline, on a visit to the park you can follow in the footsteps of Kings and Queens – and Holmes and Watson – by wandering the grounds. Or climb the hill to take in the Royal Observatory, stand on the Meridian line where east meets west, and see how many of the capital’s landmarks are in view.