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Sherlock Holmes, Charing Cross, WC2

10 Northumberland Street
WC2
WC2N 5DB
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Greene King

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David Walton left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Trekked here on the way home as my recording couldn’t verify I had been here since I started tracking pubs on PG. definitely the only one here potentially previously unvisited in the post code. Was pretty effing manic when I got here about 9.30pm. Plenty of beers on handpump (Abbot, Tribute, GK IPA) but the instant I walked in the door I thought a glass of red wine is safer here. No idea what the red wine was, asked for the wine list and was told there was a single red so chose that!! There were some ales on hand pump that sounded like they were made up names to sell to tourists. As I said I had always assumed I had been here but maybe that was my sub-conscious telling me that was the case to protect me. Anyway job done, never to be repeated.

On 20th March 2024 - rating: 3
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Will Larter left this review about Sherlock Holmes

I spent a pleasant few minutes in nearby Whitehall Gardens while waiting for the clock to tick around to midday opening time here. This is a very good looking pub to external appearances, and I suppose some will be intrigued by the endless Sherlockian paraphernalia on the inside, but as a pub it leaves something to be desired. Two rooms, with virtually identical beer line-ups on the hand pumps (see photos), but the left hand side (door says 'saloon') has low tables with menus, while the door on the right ('public') has exclusively high tables and stools. The central bar, facing both ways, is in dark wood (including pilasters and gantries), with foot rails and hooks, which would normally gain my approbation, but in the face of all this Holmesian tomfoolery I just yawn and move on. Oh, my notes say that my GK IPA was ok, but I can't remember drinking it.

On 2nd February 2022 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about Sherlock Holmes

Last visited around 20 years ago, this was formerly the Northumberland Arms, rebranded by Whitbread as a Sherlock Holmes-themed pub in 1957; the place apparently appears in one of Conan Doyle’s novels and supposedly contains elements from the [Ideal?] Holmes’ exhibition, salvaged from the Festival of Britain, 1951.
Arriving on a Monday mid-evening, the pub was unsurprisingly rammed with tourists, looking for the Ye Merry Olde London experience. I’ve been in busier pubs and the crowds here should come as no surprise to the staff, but there was absolute paralysis, staff standing there like rabbits caught in the headlights of a car. After about five minutes, I saw red (A Study in Scarlet?) and went to the vastly superior Ship & Shovel next door; this place acts like a forcefield to keep the tourists away from it. I returned 20 minutes later and there was a relative calm, with glasses and plates of partially eaten food on tables, chips all over the floor, one trodden on by a woman, who slipped and narrowly avoided a nasty accident. The furniture is tatty, my studded banquette cracked and leaking stuffing, though otherwise there are typical Greene King nods, the only difference is a TV ‘beer board’. Décor is Holmesian, with a toy dog’s head in a wall mounted, glass fronted box, I suppose a reference to the Hound of the Baskervilles.
Ales: two Lilley’s ciders, Abbot, GK IPA, Sherlock Holmes House Ale (Morland) and Windsor & Eton’s Father Thames at £2.70 a half, tasting like it was sourced from the nearby said river, soapy and grim.
This has to be one of the worst pubs in central London; less Conan Doyle, more Conan the Barbarian.

On 2nd November 2021 - rating: 3
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
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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20th Mar 2024, 22:04
Review submitted by David Walton
 
2nd Feb 2022, 21:26
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Pavement seating. - last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC. - last updated 26 April 2023 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 December 2020 by ROB Camra
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