Piccadilly Circus Tube, meet by the Eros statue | Map

Guided by Richard IV

Short description: The London of Sherlock's Creator 

Long description: Elementary my dear walkers, this Tour du Jour is the Arthur Conan Doyle walk. Yup, it's time for some biographical sleuthing. Time to meet the man behind the literary legend. Meet him in his London. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle achieved his greatest fame in London. This walk visits many places important to him. His favourite publishers, including the man who made him, after years of struggle, an ´overnight sensation. One hotel where his wedding reception was held and another where one of the greatest real-life detective cases of his career began. His clubs, including one where he made one of the most momentous decisions of his life. The theatres where he enjoyed both success and disaster. And the street where he made one of his first speeches on the subject that dominated his final years: Spiritualism. Follow in his footsteps as his path crosses those of J M Barrie, Bram Stoker and Henry Irving. Patriot, sportsman, and crusader against injustice, Conan Doyle was much more than just the creator of Sherlock Holmes. We sleuth him down on this walk. Him – and his London. Guided by the seriously talented (let alone velvet-voiced – he of Audiobooks fame!) Richard IV. N.B. The walk takes about two hours and ends very near Covent Garden Tube.


In the Winter 2018-19 London Walks programme The Arthur Conan Doyle Walk – the London of Sherlock Holmes' Creator takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, April 28. 

The meeting point is by the Eros statue just outside Piccadilly Circus Tube.

The walk is guided by actor Richard IV, he of the velvety voice, perfect timing and Audiobook renown. 


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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Arthur Conan Doyle's London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Arthur Conan Doyle walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


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