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Sherlock Holmes’ London

Sherlock Holmes appeared in a total of 60 stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle between 1887 and 1927. The canon consists of four novels and five volumes of short stories. In ‘The Red Headed League’ Holmes remarks to Watson, “It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of London.” See if you know as much about London as Mr. Holmes!

  1. What was the subject Sherlock researched at the British Museum in ‘The Adventures of Wisteria Lodge’?
    In the novel a party guest wakes up to find his host and domestic staff have vanished during the night and the police find evidence of Voodoo rituals
  2. From which London terminus does Irene Adler depart to the continent in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’?
    Ms. Adler is one of the few people to outwit Sherlock Homes. She escapes on the 5.15 from Charing Cross and “In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex”
  3. In ‘The Sign of Four’ Captain Morstan stays at which lavish London hotel?
    Other characters from the canon who also stay there are the King of Bohemia in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ and the Hon. Philip Green in ‘The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax’
  4. What was the address of the rooms rented by Watson and Holmes?
    The other addresses are the homes of Henry Higgins (fictional - in My Fair Lady), Dr. Samuel Johnson and the Banks Family (fictional - in Mary Poppins) respectively
  5. ‘The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle’ are centred around a Christmas goose bought at which London market?
    Holmes and Watson visited Covent Garden market on the trail of the thief who stole The Countess of Morcar’s famous jewel which was called The Blue Carbuncle
  6. Where in London did Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes first meet?
    The pair first met in the work ‘A Study in Scarlet’. In the novel this meeting took place in the chemical laboratory of St Bartholomew’s Hospital
  7. It was at the bar of which West End restaurant that Watson first heard mention of Holmes?
    The restaurant has placed a plaque on the wall inside to commemorate the event
  8. In which London pub and restaurant could you find ‘Mrs Hudson’s Homemade Steak and Ale Pie’ and ‘Inspector L’Estrade’s Favourite Ploughman’s Lunch’ on the menu?
    Whilst you are there you could also visit Holmes and Watson’s Victorian sitting room that has been recreated on the first floor
  9. Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes, is portrayed as a regular visitor of the fictitious ‘Diogenese Club’ on Pall Mall. What is its unusual rule?
    In the BBC series ‘21st Century Mythologies’, the building now at 10 Carlton House Terrace stood in for the club
  10. What is the full name of Holmes’ landlady?
    In ‘His Last Vow’ we learn her full name is Martha Louise Hudson, née Sissons

 

Author: Augusta Harris

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