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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Take a Sherlock-inspired trip around London

24th January 2014

With the BBC's hit show Sherlock having pulled in more viewers than any other programme creared by the organisation for more than a decade, detective fever has well and truly gripped the nation.

What's more, the show's star Benedict Cumberbatch is currently the most talked-about man in show-business, appearing in several hugely popular blockbuster movies this year – including Steve McQueen's Oscar-nominated film 12 Years a Slave.

The actor was also crowned Best TV Detective at the recent National Television Awards, beating off the likes of Idris Elba, David Tennant and Olivia Colman.

If you've been bitten by the Sherlock bug and want to get a little closer to the captivating world of the fictional sleuth himself then a trip to London is simply elementary, as it's here that all of the events of TV series – as well as the series of books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – take place.

Naturally, the only place to start is Baker Street, where the famous detective lives – at number 221b, to be precise – and it' here that you'll find the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

Guarded by a real-life Victorian policeman (OK, he's really just an actor), the museum is home to a range of interesting artefacts relating to Conan Doyle himself as well as the fictional world he created, and has been designed to appear as though it were the house of Detective Holmes.

As well as statues of Sherlock and his faithful sidekick Watson – who acts as the narrator in the books – you'll also find a number of interesting items that relate to key moments from some of the most iconic instalments of the Holmes story.

Another great place to head to is the Sherlock Holmes pub near Charing Cross, which stands on the spot where the sleuth tracked down Francis May Moulton here in The Noble Batchelors. The dining room has been designed to appear like Holmes's study, and contains a number of fun and quirky objects that have special relevance to the books and the films that he features in.


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