One of the most famous street addresses throughout the world is situated in the heart of London. 221b Baker Street, the residence of Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend, Dr. Watson is an 1815 Victorian townhouse overlooking Baker Street, exhibiting rooms and memorabilia described in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. This museum welcomes 70,000 visitors per year and its popularity was apparent to us this morning when we waited in line for an hour and a half to get in. The whole tour lasted under 20 minutes with only half of it guided. The souvenir shop had a lot of great gifts and I think we may have spent more time there than on the tour. During our wait in the queue, we made some fun friends from Phoenix and our conversation with them helped to pass the time. Enjoy your next stop in Paris, sunscreen buddies!
Below is a mini slideshow of the inside rooms of the 221b Baker Street…
Our afternoon excursion was a “high society” afternoon tea aboard the exclusive Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Tour Bus. I splurged for the VIP table in the front on the top decker of the bus. It was a fantastic view for the GoPro on the tripod. Syd will have some fantastic clips for her highlight video. The traditional afternoon tea menu included freshly-cut sandwiches and an assortment of freshly baked pastries. We also had lattes and hot chocolate. Our bus driver took us all throughout central London. It was an easy and relaxing way to see the city after all the walking we’ve been doing.
Look at all these scrumptious goodies…
You’ll see a small pastry dusted in white with a dollop of pink icing on the top. It was my absolute favorite. It’s a vanilla cream pâtissière choux with blackcurrant compotée. I went to heaven with my first bite of that.
A big “Thank You” to Patti Chapman for recommending this tour to me. She went on it in March of this year during Spring Break and showed off her photos. I was sold! It was a fun experience.
On our itinerary for tomorrow…Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon, and Oxford.