This post finishes our trip to the Sherlock Holmes museum, including some detective work in the Baker Street tube station.
This weekend, fans of the BBC/PBS series Sherlock eagerly await Season 3’s final episode, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous consulting detective.
Although I haven’t seen the show (despite the impassioned urging of several friends), I have seen something rather personal of Mr. Holmes – his bathroom, located on the very top floor of the Sherlock Holmes museum. In the two previous posts, we’ve covered some of the other unusual sites you’ll see at 221B Baker Street, London. Sherlock fans may be able to explain why the detective had a white owl in his bathroom (I know why Harry Potter might have a white owl in his bathroom, and coincidentally, I was going on the Harry Potter studio tour the next day. )
We could only see Sherlock’s bathroom from the stairs, we couldn’t go in. If you need a bathroom, there’s one in the museum shop next store where, along with the bathrooms, you’ll find all sorts of Sherlock souvenirs, such as this scowling Sherlock with a hook for your keys.
Or how about a walking stick with a carved Sherlock head?
I escaped with only one small purchase, a replica of the blue plaque hanging on Sherlock’s house signifying that it is the home of significant person (see post 1). I also took a couple Sherlock Holmes business cards, which were free.
Another free site is the large Sherlock Holmes statue outside the Baker Street tube stop. There were a lot of people crowding around the statue, many of them getting in line for Madame Tussaud’s.
But the Sherlock experience doesn’t end outside the station. Many people probably walk right past these cool tiles on the station walls, hundreds and hundreds of Holmes heads.
So what’s my final conclusion on the Sherlock Holmes museum? It’s not hard to deduce that it’s definitely cheesy and a bit ridiculous, but it’s kind-of campy fun. With Holmes’ current popularity, the two-hour wait was crazy. I am glad I visited – once. Maybe once I watch the show and read some the stories, I will uncover another reason to revisit 221B Baker Street.