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The Grenadier Historic London Pub

About Sherlock Holmes

 

As its name suggests, The Sherlock Holmes is heavily inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective. Its Victorian-style interior is loaded with references to the many books and films featuring the beloved character, and upstairs you will find a detailed recreation of Holmes’ famous Baker Street flat. There’s even an exhibition upstairs that takes the Sherlock Holmes theme further by replicating his famous living quarters. In its previous life as a small hotel, the pub made an appearance in at least one Sherlock Holmes tale, the 1892 story ‘The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor’. The Northumberland Hotel featured in ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ (1901) may also be the same building. Today, accommodation is no longer offered, with the upstairs area instead partially converted into a display modelled on Holmes’ fictional residence at 221B Baker Street. Alongside antique furniture set up to recreate the detective’s wonderfully cluttered living room and study, the exhibition also features rare Sherlock Holmes memorabilia. Downstairs, a nostalgic Victorian influence also permeates the main space, with its red leather seating and dark, wood-panelled bar. Here, too, there is an eclectic collection of themed items on show, including photos of the many actors who have taken to screens big and small to play Holmes. Situated close to countless London highlights, The Sherlock Holmes is a convenient spot for taking a break from seeing the sights. Trafalgar Square, for example, lies just at the end of Northumberland Street. The square is among London’s best-known landmarks and is an excellent place to orient yourself when exploring the city. Over the centuries, it has been the site of numerous gatherings, protests and demonstrations. Today its most notable features include the towering Nelson’s Column, with its regal stone lions, and the Fourth Plinth, where an ever-changing selection of arts projects is hosted. The Palace of Westminster is another iconic London landmark located just a few minutes’ walk away from The Sherlock Holmes. Its clock tower, which houses the famous bell Big Ben, is the quintessential symbol of Britain. The vast, elaborate building itself is the oldest royal palace in the country and has been open since the 11th century. It remains the seat of national government, and you can watch the parliament in action from the public viewing galleries. Guided tours are also popular. Cross the River Thames to reach a London icon that is more modern, although almost as legendary. The London Eye is the 443-foot (135-metre) Ferris wheel built in 1999 to mark the end of the millennium, and its huge glass pods offer sweeping views of the cityscape. Also on this side of the river are London Sea Life, a huge and well-resourced aquarium, and the Southbank Centre, an arts and entertainment hub that offers an ever-changing line-up of exhibitions, concerts and events. In warm weather, the beautiful Hyde Park draws sun worshippers in their droves. This is a lovely place to stop for a picnic before finishing off with a pint at The Sherlock Holmes, around half an hour away by foot. Created by King Henry VIII in 1536, the park marks the entrance to Kensington Palace and its manicured grounds remain fit for a royal to this day. The park sprawls across 250 acres (1.4 square kilometres) and is scattered with picturesque landmarks such as the Serpentine Lake and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Known for the human statues, buskers and other street performers who liven up its streets, Covent Garden is yet another highlight of the area around the pub. The central square here is home to dozens of shops, the London Transport Museum and the elegant 13th-century St. Paul’s Church. The church is not to be confused with the even grander St. Paul’s Cathedral, also relatively nearby at just half an hour’s walk from The Sherlock Holmes. Directions to The Sherlock Holmes: The Sherlock Holmes is on Northumberland Street