I found myself at Euston Station, for this was where I would meet 'Gem', as her train would be terminating there - apparently a lot of people live outside of London, who'da thought? We stopped for a hot beverage break before heading off for what we innocently assumed would be our 'Sherlock' stop of the day - North Gower Street, which doubles as Baker Street for the TV show. Handily, this location is mere minutes walking from Euston Station, so was very convenient considering we were there already.
Once there, I think we must have caught a bug that would mean this wouldn't be the only Sherlock location we would see that day. It was odd seeing Speedy's Cafe right there, actually a cafe that hadn't just been dressed up for the show. Other things we noticed was the blue plaque dedicated to an Italian dude, which for the show is covered up with a handy 'light'. Once me and Gem swallowed our pride to get some photos done, in the full gaze of patrons of 'Speedy's', we decided to walk to the 'actual Baker Street to make a comparison (honestly, that was our excuse...)
The walk to Baker Street isn't short but it isn't miles ever - roughly 15 minutes we were walking - admiring the architecture but more importantly discussing the finer details of how Sherlock survived, and then more importantly - why did he do it? (if you have not seen Sherlock, then it's probably safe to say this article is meaningless to you.. but thanks for reading this far!). It became painfully obvious why the TV show did not use the real Baker Street, a tourist trap does not begin to describe it, and a Beatles Store right next door is just one of many reasons this would not be an ideal location (And didn't the Beatles come from Liverpool... what are they doing setting up shop next to 221b Baker Street??).
We didn't want to fork out for the actual tour of the house, so opted to just 'ohh' at the gift shop items - which we would have been tempted to buy had the queue to pay not been a mile long. Interestingly the door right next to 221b Baker Street is Moffat Associates... hmmm, coincidence or what? (those not following, Stephen Moffat co-created Sherlock TV show)
Once we had our fill of tourists we headed underground and caught a train to St Pauls, well, we figured we had seen two 'Sherlock' related places now, why not just visit the one place that has had us talking non-stop via email for the past week? St Bartholomews Hospital is right next door to St Pauls but it's a huge place, so after a couple of wrong turns we finally found the building where Sherlock jumped.
And like proper g33ks we decided to reinact certain parts to really get an understanding of the whys and ways... no seriously, we didn't... but you beleived we did - didn't you? Ok, maybe we did find the spot where John was knocked down by the bike and possibly we went over to the pavement where the blood was pouring but you know, it was just curiousity.
Things we noted from here was that it is unlikely they actually filmed the rooftop scene with Moriarty on that actual roof. It doesn't seem like it has the space that we see them walking around up there just prior to the fall. But the brick building (ambulance station) did obscure the view John would of had.
The door where the paramedics dash from and back into is not a Hospital entrance as such, just a side gate that you are not allowed to park in front of at any time. The other really weird thing was just how silent it was, it was madly quiet around there and this was mid-afternoon on a Saturday.
We took a Starbucks break after this location spotting, it can be very exhausting being g33ks. After a few hours we hit the streets again, via St Pauls where we decide to walk up towards Bank, which is near Liverpool Street where I know a decent Pizza Express (but I stress... the toilets are the worst in London... urgh). It was whilst we were walking, and once again talking about Sherlock (having given it a rest for a few hours.. honest, we do have other things to talk about... seriously...) that we had a pretty weird g33ky moment... when I innocently said 'I recognise that building' - lo and behold, in our random walkings we found ourselves outside Tower 42, as featured in Season 1 episode 2 the Blind Banker.
Seriously, this freaked us g33ks out - 42 being a number that g33ks are very fond of as well, and since then we have referred to this incident often because this was not a planned location find - we could have walked down any road from St Pauls but we just happened to chose this one (although to be fair, had we taken any other road, we might not have found Liverpool Street...).
After we fed, and calmed down over the '42' incident, we decided to give in to the Sherlockian day we were having and headed by tube to South Bank. There are plenty of Sherlock locations dotted around here, and we managed to get photos of some of them - I didn't get the Underground Skate Park, or the River bank (mainly cos it was under a lot of River Thames by the time we got there! - I'm a dedicated g33k, not a committed one!).
So, for your enjoyment our remaining location photos...
It was an amazing day out, I've never really sought out locations of shows I like so this was fun in a really g33ky way. So much fun in fact that we plan to do some more, possibly for Merlin locations so watch this space (and seriously, if you've never seen Sherlock, why are you still reading this... of course, because it's entertaining... yes).