Thanks to the ongoing crime drama TV series Sherlock, more than a few fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective novels will make the trek here to elbow their way over three floors of fusty, reconstructed Victoriana, complete with deerstalkers, costumed staff and flickering grates. But just as many would-be visitors balk at the tiring queues and the extortionate entry fee, which was increased by 50% in the space of just a year.
In fact, all is not quite as it appears here. For years there was a dispute over the famous address, since the occupant of 221b Baker St, the fictional abode of Sherlock Holmes, was the Abbey National Bank down the road. A bank secretary even had the full-time job of responding to fan mail. When the bank moved out in 2005, the Royal Mail recognised the museum's right to receive post addressed to 'Sherlock Holmes' even though it is located between 237 and 241 Baker St.