Share A Base with Sherlock

Fans of the popular BBC 1 show Sherlock are in for a treat when they read this – you can rent out the famous flat located above Speedy’s Sandwich Bar and Café. It should be noted that this location is only used as the exterior shot for Holme’s ‘Baker Street’ lodging, but the flat is actually located on North Gower Street.

Baker Street is famous for Madame Toussauds Waxwork Musuem, North Gower Street is surrounded by unusual restaurants, close to Soho and theatreland.  If you love the stories of Sherlock Holmes, what a great idea for a special holiday break – stay in the centre of London, surrounded by the best sights, restaurants and places to visit.

The real 221B Baker Street is not used in the serial,  due to the exessive signage dotted about everywhere. However, Gower Street is only a mile away from The Sherlock Holmes Museum and you can see that the outside of the buildings looks almost identical.

Baker Street And The Influence of Holmes

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the Holmes stories, Baker Street did not extend as far as No 221. Eventually the street was extended and the Abbey National Building Society moved into the famous address. For years, the Abbey employed a secretary, specifically to answer mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes! It was not until 1990 that one of London’s famous Blue Plaques’ was installed outside the Holmes Museum signifying the location as 221B Baker St – even though it stood between 237 and 241 Baker Street.

For the recent series, the scenes inside Holmes apartment were shot on a soundstage, but the distinctive red awning above the property can be seen throughout the feature. The café itself is the setting for the climatic ending of ‘A Scandal in Belgravia.’ The café team has stated that they have seen an increase in their clientele that are obvious Sherlock fans.

The flat in Gower Street has a large double bedroom, a living room and separate kitchen. It’s located within a short walk of distance of Bloomsbury, The British Museum, University College London and Regent’s Park. It may give you a great inside view of London, but it will not give you extraordinary observational powers, a doting landlady or a network of homeless friends.

 Duke Dudley is a travel writer from Portland, Maine. He recommends 1-800-Fly-Europe for your future flights to London and beyond.