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Criterion Restaurant

Where Doctor Watson first heard of Sherlock Holmes

The Criterion Restaurant
The Criterion Restaurant
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2006 Thomas B. Wheeler.

224 Piccadilly Circus
London W1J 9HS

On This Very Spot in Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, Doctor Watson met his friend Stamford at the Criterion Long Bar. When Watson mentioned that he was looking for someone with whom to share the cost of lodging, Stamford mentioned Sherlock Holmes. Following lunch, the two men walked to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, where Stamford introduced Watson to Holmes. The date traditionally given for this famous meeting is January 1, 1881.

To view engravings of this very spot from the late 1800s, click here.

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Submitted by: Thomas Bruce Wheeler, author of Finding Sherlock's London.

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Condition: The Criterion has been restored to its former Victorian splendor, and is an excellent place for lunch or dinner. Ask about the special pre-theatre dinner.

Location: Central London

Nearest Major Airport: London Heathrow or London Gatwick

Nearest Rail: Charing Cross

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Hours: Monday - Saturday Lunch: Noon-2:30PM, Dinner: 6PM-Midnight. Sunday Lunch: Noon-4PM, Dinner: 6-10:30PM.

Latitude: 51.510100; Longitude: -0.134000

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