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The River Thames at Greenwich Naval Hospital

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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The Naval Hospital at Greenwich
The Sign of Four In the chase down the river the police launch with Holmes and Watson aboard was "three hundred paces behind" the Aurora, as it passed Greenwich.
What is it like today? Greenwich Hospital is now part of the University of Greenwich and you can walk around the grounds.
There is another Sherlock Holmes link. In the movie "Murder by Decree" which is concerned with Holmes' pursuit of Jack the Ripper, Greenwich Hospital is used to represent part of the west End of London.