I was able to see most of London's top attractions during my previous visit to the UK back in September. However, one of the places I missed out on was The Sherlock Holmes Museum. I really wanted to go check it out but due to time constraints, I was unable to. I was glad I had the chance this time around to finally go to 221B Baker Street, the fictional residence of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
I was really excited to go inside as I am a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works and more recently, the new BBC TV series, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The museum offers an insight into Victorian living as well as the popular stories and cases handled by the great detective.
The Drawing Room
Aside from viewing the different rooms, visitors can browse through literature, paintings, photographs and newspapers of the period. Memorabilia from the adventures and a selection of letters written to and from Sherlock are also on display.
Both Dr Watson and Mrs Hudson's bedrooms were used as exhibit rooms to showcase figures of some of the characters in Sherlock's adventures.
You can shop for souvenirs such as books, t-shirts, post cards and other various novelty items. You can even get a deerstalker, the hat most commonly associated with Sherlock. I left my business card on the cork board hanging inside Sherlock's room. Can you guys spot it? :)
Other things on sale are figurines, pens, button pins, metal plates, fridge magnets, key rings, etc.
At the end of the tour, I had a photo opportunity with the museum staff dressed in period costumes. On the left is a Victorian London bobby and on the right are the house maids. I had a great time and really enjoyed the visit. It's definitely a unique experience to see a work of fiction come to life in such a tangible way. :)
If you get a bit hungry after the tour, head for Mrs Hudson's Restaurant next door! :)
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You may also check out the rest of my trip to London here.