Where Doctor Watson first heard of Sherlock Holmes
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
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.
Nearest Major Airport:
London Heathrow or London Gatwick
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Monday - Saturday Lunch: Noon-2:30PM, Dinner: 6PM-Midnight. Sunday Lunch: Noon-4PM, Dinner: 6-10:30PM.