5. London: Sherlock Holmes Guided City Walking Tour
Take a look at London through the eyes of Sherlock Holmes on this guided walking tour. Discover locations from the original short stories and novels as well as the film and TV adaptations. Explore the history of the texts and find out behind-the-scenes secrets.
Begin by walking to locations from the original short stories and novels, and hear how Sherlock's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, used the London that he knew and loved to create the dangerous, crime-filled, and fascinating London Sherlock Holmes inhabits.
See the library where Dr Watson borrows books on Chinese pottery in "The Adventure Of The Illustrious Client", the Charing Cross hotel where Irene Adler stays at in "A Scandal In Bohemia", and the restaurant on the Strand, which was a favorite of both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his great fictional consulting detective.
Continue on to the famous London locations from the BBC TV series "Sherlock", and Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" films starring Robert Downey Jr. This includes the Diogenes Club and the 221B Baker St flat from the series Sherlock, Lord Blackwood's prison cell from the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films, and several other film and TV locations linked to the various versions of Sherlock Holmes that have graced the silver screen.
Learn how Sherlock Holmes has gone on to become the most portrayed fictional character in history and how movies of the great detective were hugely popular in Russia during the Cold War.
Then, visit Bart's Hospital, the medical school where Dr. John Watson trained as a surgeon, with a former medical student of the school. Whilst at Barts, learn why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chose this medical institution as Dr. Watson's alma mater and what it's like to study at the oldest hospital in Europe.
Finally, head to Baker Street. While at Baker Street, discover why Conan Doyle chose 221B Baker Street as Sherlock Holmes' address, who the real Baker Street regulars were (and how they secured an Allied victory during the Second World War), and how the Sherlock Holmes Museum ended up in a fight with an international bank over the rights to Sherlock's mail.
End your tour opposite the Sherlock Holmes Museum, so you can continue to explore Sherlock's London before visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum itself.