221b Baker Street, London

Representation of London, UK

As a lot of us are familiar with what he’s famous for, Sherlock Holmes is one of the most renown icons in London, UK. The character of this London-base consulting detective was created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Baker Street is where Holmes had lodgings in the beginning of the story, and this made the street to become globally famous.

In 1990, Sherlock Holmes Museum opened at 221b Baker Street, where Holmes had stayed during the beginning of the story, and is now one of most popular tourist attractions in London.859953_10152571981555215_1822394362_o_1024

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The Tour

The museum tour took me through the spaces Sherlock Holmes had used during his stay, as well as rooms that Dr. Watson, his friend and biographer, was using. All of the rooms were kept as how it looked like back in the story settings of the late 1880s to early 1890s. It was interesting to see all of these rooms in real life, since it looked very similar to what I had seen in movies and comics that refer to Sherlock Holmes.858198_10152571983980215_1847310554_o_1024

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Gift Shop

There is a gift shop just inside the entrance door of the museum. Magnets and key chains could be purchased here, and lots of travellers stop by to get souvenirs for their friends and families. Store staffs were all dressed in old fasioned costumes to help build up the atmosphere of the story setting.

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How I was Inspired to Sherlock Holmes

I was first inspired to Sherlock Holmes by the comic Case Closed (a.k.a. Detective Conan) in Japan. The comic is heavily influenced by the story of Sherlock Holmes, and there’s even a scene where the protagonist visits the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London, all the way from Japan. With the popularity of the comic, Sherlock Holmes is still widely known to the younger generations in Japan. I also saw the film Sherlock Holmes, starred by Robert Downey Jr. Although this featured Sherlock Holmes as a slight different persona from what I had known, the film itself was successful in bringing back the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his buddy John Watson to the modern time. Having been exposed to the world of Sherlock Holmes through comics and films, it was fascinating to actually go visit the museum in London myself.

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