Being a bookworm has its advantage and disadvantages. When people learned about my trip to London, everyone seemed to have opinions and advises for me. From what to carry to what to do and of course the places I must visit. But very few people ever guessed the first place I would visit after landing here. It should have been very obvious to anyone who knows even a teensy bit about me.
Visiting Sherlock Holmes Museum was the first thing on my list. As such, after landing in London on 6th night I headed to Baker Street first thing on 7th morning. The road from the tube station leading up to the museum seemed oddly familiar after having stalked it on Google Street View for years! [Yes I am crazy enough to stalk dead fictional characters.] We bought our tickets from the Gift Shop and after about 15 mins in a very well behaved (being an Indian I was almost disappointed at the lack of impatience and pushing) queue, we got our chance to enter the hallowed grounds.
The ground floor houses the gift shop which is stocked full of Sherlock Holmes books, souvenirs and tidbits. The famous study room, on the first floor, is so well set up and maintained that it was as if it had come straight to life from the pages of the books. The bedrooms of Sherlock, Watson and Mrs.Hudson are equally well maintained. Then on the third floor are wax statutes portraying various characters from the stories – including the man himself and the notoriously famous Professor Moriarty.
There are knick-knacks spread throughout the house to give it an authentic feel. From Sherlock and Watson’s personal belongings to what could be only termed as Sherlock’s souvenirs from his various cases make for interesting decorative pieces. The aptly dressed up staff add to the air of this Victorian set up. From the policeman at the gates, who by the way is expert at spotting people taking pictures and then posing for them, to the maids in the house who were ready to answer queries and guide the visitors at all times – only made the experience more fun. But what was priceless to me was Watson’s diary containing extracts from the famous adventure of The Hound of the Baskervilles. It was so precious.
The nicest part about this whole set up is that if you look out the windows of 221B Baker Street, you will still see a somewhat Victorian London. The buildings around 221B have been kept up and maintained in a manner so as to add to the whole experience. Ofcourse, the cars and people with gadgets cannot be helped, but the buildings remain the same as 1880s – the time when Sherlock and Watson is said to have lived there.
If you visit Sherlock Holmes Museum and forget that he is just a fictional character who couldn’t have owned a house or any of those materialistic things, I will not blame you! Go on… Go and experience the very real lifestyle of a very fictional character – You know you want to 😉
For more details visit : http://www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk/
QOTD: Have you ever tried ‘traveling’ around the world with Google Street View?