Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published June 19th 2013
Pub of Northumberland Street
Most people looking for Sherlock Holmes are going to head for Baker Street, but you're going to have to do a bit more detective work than that. I in fact discovered The Sherlock Holmes on Northumberland Street in Westminster; it is a public house and restaurant that was established with the help of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's family.
At first, the pub seemed quite small; there are a few table and chairs surrounding the bar, creating a cosy and intimate nook to share a pint with friends.
Because of the lack of floor space, however, it does mean that places fills up quickly, and when I arrived with my friends, there was no seats left. But we then discovered a second floor, where there is a restaurant, covered roof garden, and min-museum.
In 1957, Whitbread & Co. bought a very important Sherlock Holmes Collection that had returned from a world tour. Whitbread decided to use this collection to set up the Sherlock Holmes themed pub. There are a lot of interesting items, including furniture, weapons, and other props from the television series, but I was disappointed that you could only view them through a small window, and not get up close.
Only wanting a drink, we went into the restaurant to buy a couple of beers, but unfortunately, to sit in the restaurant you have to buy food as well. I find this a bit odd considering that means they lose potential customers who want a drink, but can't sit downstairs. If you do want to eat, however, they have some nice sounding meals, which are at a very reasonable price considering we're in the middle of London. They do fish finger sandwiches for £5.75, baked camembert made for sharing, classic pub meals like sausage & mash, roast beef, a Ploughman's, and steak & ale pie that cost between £8.25-£10.95. All their British classic puds cost £4.95 , and include things like sticky toffee pudding, seasonal fruit crumble, and bread & butter pudding .
Although we had to go somewhere else to get our drinks, if there is enough space, The Sherlock Holmes is a friendly place to stop for lunch with your mates.