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Covent Garden Market

If you are travelling to London on holiday or business and are a fan of Sherlock Holmes try to find time to visit some of the places mentioned in the stories.

Luckily for us a book illustrated with photographs, entitled "The Queens London," was published by Cassell and Company in 1897 to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. It gives a contemporary view of many London landmarks as they appeared at the time Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, were solving their cases.

Although some of the buildings have gone many can still be seen today.


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Covent Garden Market
The Blue Carbuncle Holmes and Watson visit Covent Garden where they question the poultry dealer Breckinridge about the goose that Henry Baker lost. In fact Covent Garden was a flower, fruit and vegetable market so it is odd that Conan Doyle set the scene there.
What is it like today? Most of the buildings remain and Covent Garden is now full of shops, cafes and street performers and is well  worth a visit.