London is a wonderful city, that is famed for many things. Each area has its own, fantastic attributes that promise a spectacular experience for all visitors. The history of London goes back 2000 years, so it’s hardly surprising that its streets have a few stories to tell. Although you may not be familiar with the history of London, we imagine you know some of the popular stories which are based here. London is home to some of the most beloved fictional characters in the world, including the incredible Sherlock Holmes. This star of book, television, film and radio has been solving mysteries for 133 years with unbelievable deduction skills, and London welcomes many an eager fan to visit some of the iconic sites of Sherlock’s story. If this is something that you’d like to do, we recommend that you start by booking one of the fantastic Paddington Hotel Special Offers, so you can head to all the sites with ease, then clue yourself up on the must-see Sherlock spots. To build up some excitement, we have provided some of our favourite facts about this amazing detective, read on to find out more.
Sherlock Holmes is the most-filmed fictional Character. Ever.
The character of Sherlock Holmes was created by the marvellous mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and although the first book wasn’t an immediate success, we think it’s fair to say that the stories began to capture the hearts of millions in the following years. So much so, that Sherlock Holmes is the most filmed fictional character ever! He is included in films and television more than 226 times and has been portrayed by world-class actors including Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey-Jr. There are hundreds of sites dedicated to suggesting the best spots to see where Sherlock has been filmed, so you will have a busy day of exploring ahead of you. After your detective day is done, we recommend that you head straight for one of the wonderful spas near Paddington, for a well-earned rejuvenation session in the city.
His Address Actually Exists
Unlike most other fictional characters, Sherlock’s home is very much a real place. Baker Street is located in the heart of Westminster and was once a high-class residential area. Today, it is mainly filled with commercial property, but at 221b Baker Street, you will find a fantastic museum dedicated to the character. This property comes with (quite appropriately we think), a mystery of its own, and that is that nobody knows who actually owns the flat. Head along from your Chilworth Paddington Hotel, to explore the museum for yourself.
The Second Hit Novel, The Sign Of 4, Was the Result of a Dinner Party
If it wasn’t for a dinner party, we may never have heard of the world-famous detective. We have The Strand editor, Joseph Stoddard to thank for that, as at his dinner party, he persuaded Doyle to write a second book. Amazingly, Oscar Wilde was also present at this party – and agreed to write his novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray on this night. It is clear from this little fact that London dining can only lead to fantastic things – so we recommend that you treat yourself to a Chilworth Afternoon Tea.