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“We all learn by experience, and your lesson this time is that you should never lose sight of the alternative.” – SherlockBy: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
221b Baker Street
“I came over at once to London, called in my own person at Baker Street, threw Mrs. Hudson into violent hysterics, and found that Mycroft had preserved my rooms and my papers exactly as they had always been.” (pg 12)
The famous address of 221b Baker Street, the home of Sherlock homes. You’ll see this street and address pop up throughout all the Sherlock Holmes books, since this was his place of residence, and sometime the residence of Watson.
Today, you can go visit 221b Baker Street in London, which has been turned into a Sherlock Holmes Museum. How convenient for us! For £15 you can visit and check out the preserved 1st floor study that looks over Baker Street, just like it does in Sherlock Holmes.
“It was so late that I could not get back to Blackheath, so I spent the night at the Anerley Arms, and I knew nothing more until I read of this horrible affair in the morning.” (pg 31)
Anerley Arms is the inn/pub that John McFarlane stays at the night he visits Jonas Oldacre’s house while working on Oldacre’s will late into the night in The Adventure of the Norwood Builder. This is the night Oldacre is “murdered”… Read the story and you’ll understand why I say “murdered” in quotes.
After some research, it looks like there is a pub called Anerley Arms in what seems to be the right location, however they have no website or menu. But you can check out this link to get some info on their address and reviews. I definitely want to add this pub to my list because it has all the authentic feels that an old pub laying outside of London would need to have to peak my interest. If any one visits before me share some news!!
131 Pitt Street, Kensington
“Come instantly, 131, Pitt Street, Kensington. – Lestrade.” (pg 165)
131 Pitt Street is the house of Mr. Horace Harker, where the murder in The Adventure of the Six Napoleons happens and where another Napoleon bust is stolen and then destroyed on a lawn nearby on Campden House Road, only a few hundred yards away.
Now there is no 131 Pitt Street, but there is a small street in Kensington called Pitt Street, ANDDD, rather than a Camden House Road, there is a Campden Hill Road just a few hundred yards away. Coincidence, I think not… Both these streets are super close to Kensington Gardens, so I recommend taking a stroll down Pitt Street and Campden Hill Road, heading over to Kensington Gardens and then finishing this walk off with some afternoon tea at the Kensington Palace Pavilion.
Forest Row, England
“Rooms have been reserved for you at the Brambletye Hotel, so we can all walk down to the village together.” (pg 137)
Sherlock and Watson spent the night at the Brambletye Hotel during the investigation of Peter Carey in The Adventure of the Black Peter, the night they caught John Hopley Neligan breaking into Carey’s hut. Is he the murderer? Well, continue reading the novel to find out.
Today you can go stay at the Brambletye Hotel just like Watson and Sherlock did! Explore the beautiful Forest Row village, head for a hike, enjoy some English wine tasting, or just hang out at the hotel and enjoy their restaurant and sun terrace. All at a good price, with some rooms at only £90 for a night. Fun fact, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed the night here in the early 1900s and since he loved his stay so much he featured this hotel in his novel.
“So rapidly does the brain act that I believe I had thought this all out before Professor Moriarty had reached the bottom of the Reichenbach Falls.” (pg 9)
Reichenbach Falls, in Switzerland, is where Sherlock and Moriarty fought and Moriarty eventually fell to his death. This is where Sherlock also pretended to die and had everyone, including Watson, fooled for years.
Visit the Reichenbach Falls and plan yourself a totally immersive Sherlock Holmes day! Start in the town of Meiringen at The Sherlock Holmes Museum, then walk over to the Reichenbach Falls. When you arrive you will take a funicular (train/trolley) up the mountainside to get an amazing view of the waterfall and the specific spot where Sherlock and Moriarty fought. Then rent a “monstertrotti” (scooter thing) and ride back down the mountain. You can buy tickets for the furnicular and “monstertrotti” for about $24. Not a bad day trip if you happen to be visiting Zurich.