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Sherlock Holmes, Charing Cross, WC2

10 Northumberland Street

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Greene King

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Not a bad two-room Greene King pub, provided that you don't get there at the same time as a coach-load of Conan Doyle enthusiasts... Typical 'olde London pub' interior; supplemented, of course, by loads of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia. Beer-wise, there is a bank of six handpumps in each bar; and, whilst many of the clips are duplicates, there is usually a reasonable selection of well-kept beers. These were the Sherlock House Ale and Watson Golden Ale, Greene King IPA, London Glory and Abbot plus the seasonal Belhaven Scrum Down (£4.30) on my latest visit.

On 12th March 2016 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Currently shut for redecoration and 'internal space alteration' according to the GK planning application to Westminster Council plastered in the windows. Presumably so that they can pack more tourists in.

On 18th September 2011 - no rating submitted
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Roger Button left this review about Sherlock Holmes

A short stroll from both Charing Cross station and Trafalgar Square, the Sherlock Holmes lies in the heart of tourist London and attracts more of a passing trade than office regulars. Originally called the Northumberland Arms, in the late 50's this pub became the new home for the Sherlock Holmes exhibits that had previously been on display at the Festival of Britain (the pub itself stands on the site of the Northumberland hotel that featured in certain novels, hence the Holmes connection) and is also close to the old Scotland Yard police station.

The pub is very enticing from outside with its floral displays and patterned glass windows. The horseshoe shaped interior is cosy enough and far more comfortable than it was prior to a refurbishment a couple of years ago when you would literally fall through the seats. Naturally the Sherlock Holmes memorabilia takes centre stage with walls littered with letters, business cards, stamps, police whistles, magnifying glasses, TV and Stage pictures, the iconic pipe and even a stuffed head of the Hound of the Baskervilles! Upstairs, the restaurant offers views into a faithful recreation of Holmes study complete with a wax model Sherlock. There is a single small TV above one of the the doors which seems a little inadequate should it ever be needed. There is also some limited seating on the pavement outside and the passing traffic is generally tolerable for a main road in London.

It could be argued that without the Holmes theme, the pub is fairly ordinary and being a Greene King pub, the beers are quite predictable with 5 Greene King Beers across 12 pumps (IPA, Speckled Hen, Abbot, Royal London and their own Sherlock Holmes Ale (which I believe is Morland Original - a regular Greene King trick in London’s more touristy pubs). The prices are about average for the West End and service fine if typically impersonal.

This was a favourite watering hole for Jimi Hendrix in the 60’s although these days it is primarily a magnet for tourists and Holmes enthusiasts which isn’t to say that it is not worth a quick visit if passing by.

On 4th September 2010 - rating: 6
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E TA left this review about Sherlock Holmes

A GK-owned theme pubaimed at tourists and the curious, the Sherlock Holmes revamp aided by COnan Doyle's family in 1957. There is a room with Holmes memorabilia and a restaurant upstairs. The clienetele was an unholy mix of tourists and bores, while the staff was largely uninterested in serving, except one gentleman who, whilst enthusiastic, was not able to supply a full measure without a fuss. Beers were from GK and Wadworths (guest beer?). The Great London was pretty average and the overall experience was disappointing. A good place to meet at lunchtime as it's easy to find, and it was convenient for the Colony Club (next door) and the Northumberland Hotel opposite, but it's not somewhere I would choose to spend an evening and I wouldn't bother to include on a crawl when there are so many better pubs nearby.

On 17th August 2010 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about Sherlock Holmes

This is a fairly big u-shaped pub next to Charing Cross train station. It has set itself up as a Sherlock Holmes theme pub and all sorts of Holmes memorabilia adorns the walls, whilst a muted TV set plays old black and white Holmes movies.
It's a Greene King pub so the pumps had IPA, Abbot, Speckled Hen, Royal London and a rebadged beer uninspiringly called Sherlock Holmes. The Royal London was surprisingly well kept and I was able to find a table to myself at which to enjoy it.
My fellow customers seemed to consist almost exclusively of foreign tourists - a testament to the success of the theme perhaps.
There are better pubs in the area and I imagine this place could become tourist trap hell in the summer, but it was fine on an overcast March evening.

On 30th March 2010 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Very attractive pub from the outside and if you can get one of the outside seats on a fine summer's day then you will be guaranteed to get in 100's of tourist's holiday pictures, as this place attracts them in swarms.
It's not so attractive on a cold, wet December evening, but then has the advantage of no tourists and only the after-work crowd.
It's an OK pub dispensing the usual GK fair, and my pint of Morelands, I mean Sherlock Holmes ale.. was perfectly passable, but hardly memorable.
To the Holmes enthusiast then this place is probably worth a visit.
But for the rest of us London residents the main purpose in life of this pub will always be to filter out the tourists before they discover the far superior Ship and Shovel further up Craven Passage.

On 22nd December 2009 - rating: 5
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john mcgraw left this review about Sherlock Holmes

The etched windows depict the figures of Sherlock Holmes,Doctor Watson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On 25th March 2009 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about Sherlock Holmes

This is largely a tourist restaurant as far as I can see, with tourist prices to match, although it does do some real ale (GKIPA, Abbott, OSH and “Sherlock Holmes Ale”). Some Holmes memorabilia around the wall, plus a small Sherlock Holmes “museum” upstairs. As a pub it's not too bad as long as you don't mind lots of tourists, the pervasive smell of overpriced fish and chips, and Greene King beers. But the Ship and Shovell a few feet away is far superior.

On 20th August 2008 - rating: 5
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Steve C left this review about Sherlock Holmes

This place is the king of tourist traps, but then that is to be expected with the Sherlock Holmes theme. It's a nice looking pub u-shaped pub with a restaurant upstairs along with a replica of Holmes’ and Watson’s study and sitting room that can be viewed through a glass wall. There is also some more paraphernalia in the main bar area including the stuffed head of the Hound of the Baskervilles which is mounted on the wall.

The barman was very friendly, but my pint of Sherlock Holmes was decidedly iffy. Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and a few bog standard lagers were also available amongst others.

This place is worth a look just for the interest factor, but there are better pubs around this area.

On 26th June 2008 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Tourist trap pub serving four expensive Greene King ales (and the Sherlock Holmes Ale is just re-badged Morland, don't be fooled into paying more folks). I guess it has some novelty value for a quick pint and a gawp at the Conan Doyle nik-naks and the small Sherlock Holmes display upstairs. Your beer money is better spent at the Ship & Shovell a short walk away, this place is basically a filter to stop the tourists taking up valuable space over there…

On 12th May 2008 - rating: 5
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