Joseph Cherry is the man responsible for all the audio and a lot of the animations and fun puzzles in the StoryTourist tours. As it happens, he is also a Brit with strong opinions about correct biscuit terminology (the back story here might be that one of his uncultivated Swedish StoryTourist colleagues called a digestive biscuit “a digestive cracker”, which didn’t go down well). Joseph grew up in Crowborough in east Sussex, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spent his last years. But he also knows his way around London. So, we thought, why not let Joseph give you his best London travel tips in this insider’s guide to London?
Probably the most concentrated Sherlock experience people can find in London is the Sherlock Holmes museum where our tour finishes. Though funnily enough, this isn’t even the real address of Mr Holmes and Dr Watson (221B Baker St wasn’t a real address at the time of Doyle’s writing). But it’s become the main hub for all things Sherlock. That being said, almost every street in central London crops up one way or another in Sherlock’s adventures.
London is so big and jam packed with stuff to do, it’s best to decide on two or three parts of town to visit rather than covering it all. If it’s your first time in London but you want to avoid the madness of the crowds I’d head over to Kensington. Within a small area you have the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum (which has the best museum food court in the game), the Royal Albert Hall (which holds very reasonably priced classic music proms throughout the summer). If you need a breather you can always head up to Hyde Park and relax.
With a bit more time in London I’d recommend hitting one of the more alternative areas. Camden is always great for grabbing a bite at one of the many food stands and rummaging through the weird and wonderful stalls and stores. Hackney is also a great hyper cool area, where you can get a nice curry and hang out at one of the many fine bars. These days I like to venture out even further to Hackney Wick, where old factories have been converted into bars and restaurants. They also have all these beautiful canals around the millennium park. That’s the beauty of London, all of these weird little biomes.
Usually my Swedish friends want to go shopping in Oxford Street. While there are some truly beautiful bits on Mayfair, Oxford Street is always so crowded. So I try and steer them away from there.