Sherlock’s travel guide to London

Exactly where is the hit TV series shot? Paul Jones investigates...

Follow in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and visit the iconic locations from the series…


Russell Square Gardens

This is where it all begins. A chance encounter with an old friend in this picturesque London square sets Army medic Dr John Watson on a course that will change his life for ever. Mike Stamford introduces John to one Sherlock Holmes, who is also looking for somewhere to live…

Russell Square, Bloomsbury WC1

Nearest tube: Russell Square

221B Baker Street

…or 187 North Gower Street to be precise. Holmes and Watson’s famous address doesn’t actually exist but the exterior of their flat as seen in the series is shot in this quieter west London road 25 minutes’ walk from Baker Street.

187 North Gower Street, NW1 2NJ

Nearest tube: Euston Square

Speedy’s Sandwich Bar & Cafe

Next door to the townhouse that doubles as Sherlock’s Baker Street abode is Speedy’s Sandwich Bar and Cafe. Featured numerous times in the series, this unassuming caff has become a Mecca for Sherlock fans, not least because it provided refreshments for Benedict Cumberbatch and his fellow cast and crew during filming. Stop in and try the Sherlock wrap (chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy lettuce, red onions, red peppers, cucumber and chilli sauce).

187 North Gower Street, NW1 2NJ

Nearest tube: Euston Square

St Bartholomew’s Hospital

In many ways the key Sherlock location, St Bartholomew’s Hospital in West Smithfield is the scene of Sherlock and John’s first meeting and also provides the rooftop for the detective’s final showdown with arch-villain Moriarty and the death-defying leap that follows. No, you can’t go up there but you can relive the moment – and admire the 18th-century architecture – from John Watson’s point of view, safe on the ground.

West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE

Nearest tube: St Paul’s

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Situated between 237 and 241 Baker Street – but bearing the famous number 221B by permission of the City of Westminster – this Grade II-listed building is devoted to the detective. It features a re-creation of his sitting room, and a gift shop. The museum is open 9.30am-6pm every day (except Christmas); tickets £6 for adults.

221b Baker Street, NW1 6XE

Nearest tube: Baker Street


Sherlock and John walk down colourful Gerrard Street – the heart of London’s Chinatown – on their way to Oriental curio shop The Lucky Cat in the mystery of The Blind Banker. Pick up a lucky cat of your own in one of the many similar stores, check out the traditional gates that stand at either end of the street – and finally succumb to the all-pervasive scent of roast duck and go for a Chinese.

Gerrard Street, W1D 5QJ

Nearest tube: Leicester Square

The London Eye

It hasn’t yet featured in a Sherlock adventure but as a permanent fixture in the show’s title image, and a striking recent addition to the London skyline, The London Eye is one not to miss. Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, it stands 135 meters high, with a diameter of 120 metres, making it the largest ferris wheel in Europe.

South Bank

Nearest tubes: Waterloo, Embankment, Westminster

The Tower of London

The final stop on Moriarty’s mischief-making tour of London, where he leaves a message for enterprising assassins – “Get Sherlock” – before playing dress-up with the Crown Jewels. You can get close to them yourself (if not as close as Moriarty) on a tour of the Tower, where you’ll also learn about its dramatic and bloody history.

Tower of London, EC3N 4AB

Nearest tube: Tower Hill

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