pub themed on one of the most famous fictional characters in
the world has to be a success and in 1957, following its return
from a world tour, an entire exhibition that had been assembled
for the Festival of Britain was purchased by a brewery whose
aim was to create a London theme pub that would attract worldwide
Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts. The inn that had been known as The
Northumberland Arms thus became The Sherlock Holmes and with
the aid and advice of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's (Holmes creator)
family, the conversion was soon completed.
Adjacent to the restaurant in the pub there is a superb replica
of Holmes and Watson's study which is brimming with authentic
Victorian artifacts, and the whole place is a shrine to the legend
that has arisen around this famous sleuth. Watson's old revolver
is on display, as is the stuffed head of the Hound of the Baskervilles
- plus an impressive collection of film and television stills
and much more.