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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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London Charing Cross, 0.13 miles, 2 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 1.68 miles, 32 min walk (show)
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