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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Sherlock Holmes Film Location Tour in London

Spend an afternoon hot on the heels of Sherlock Holmes in London, learning about the popular Victorian detective while seeing countless filming locations and literary haunts. The 2-hour tour is led by a film-expert guide, who’ll introduce you to sites like Somerset House, the fictional Diogenes Club and more, used in adaptations like Guy Ritchie’s 2009 film ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ as well as the 1979 thriller ‘Murder by Decree.’ So, book now! As the man himself would say: ‘It’s elementary, my dear Watson.’


  • 2-hour Sherlock Holmes literary and film location tour of London
  • Learn about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who brought Sherlock Holmes to life on paper
  • Hear tales of the 1979 thriller Murder by Decree while seeing the Royal Academy building
  • Visit the location that featured as the Diogenes Club in the BBC Sherlock adaptation, with Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Stop for photos outside Somerset House, the Neo-Classical building that was used as Pentonville Prison

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Sherlock Holmes Film Location Tour in London

Sherlock Homes Tour of London

Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus in central London, and then set off on your walking tour, hearing about Sherlock Holmes – the fictional sleuth from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s late 19th-century stories. The escapades of the deerstalker-clad detective were so popular that film adaptations followed the books, and filming sites are now scattered around the capital.

See the place where the eccentric Sherlock Holmes first met Dr Watson – his loyal friend and adviser – and hear trivia about the 1979 thriller Murder by Decree, which featured the pair. Visit the Royal Academy building, which was used in the film, and stroll around some of the pubs and grand hotels that were mentioned in the books.

As your guide entertains you with insider gossip about Guy Ritchie’s 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Junior, walk to the Diogenes Club – a fictional gentleman’s club where a strict no-talking rule was imposed. After stopping for photos outside, continue to Somerset House, to see the site that was used as Pentonville Prison in the film. While the grand Neo-Classical façade of the building couldn’t be more different to the real-life prison, your guide will bring scenes from the film to life with tales of the baddie who was held there – Lord Blackwood.

When your Sherlock Holmes tour of London is over, finish your tour on the Strand in central London.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The best tour ever! Our guide was knowledgeable, funny and enthusiastic. I learned a lot and had a blast. Now that I am back in the States, I am re-watching every episode of Sherlock and loving it even more than the first time. I will definitely do another Viator tour on my next visit to London, my most favorite city in the world!! Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Yet another outstanding tour packed with great information from books, TV, and movies. The tour guide Wed June 10 was fantastic. His enthusiasm kept us thoroughly engaged for the entire 2.5 hours and his knowledge was impressive. Viator is consistent with high quality and competitive pricing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Rebecca was a terrific guide. She kept us going at a reasonable pace and was very knowledgeable about the tour. She was in fact an expert on Sherlock facts.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Great guide who was very knowledgable. enjoyed walking through streets wouldn't normally find. Both of us really enjoyed it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We all thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide was especially good and had great knowledge. Would recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Our guide was very knowledgeable and got everyone into the tour with visual aids. Very interesting. Great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Celia, our tour guide, really knew her stuff. The tour was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about Sherlock and his creator. I can really recommend it!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

It was fun. Spenser was very outgoing and shared a lot of insider tips. The group was a bit large for a walking tour - hard to keep everyone together.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Great fun - very informative and relaxed. Learned a lot about Sherlock Holmes, with a few other films thrown in there. Really great to see other parts of London.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

We enjoyed our tour! The guide was knowledgeable and fun. We saw some cool neighborhoods that we never would have seen on our own. I will recommend the tour to others.

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