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The London Underground and Sherlock Holmes

The London Underground and Sherlock Holmes

“I should like to see him clapped down in a third-class carriage on the Underground, and asked to give the trades of all his fellow-travellers.”

– A Study in Scarlet (STUD)

Baker Street Underground Station, London
Baker Street Underground Station, London

The London Underground, or “tube”, has a few mentions in the Canon.  The above quote, from A Study in Scarlet” is Watson’s reaction after reading Holmes’ The Book of Life article in a magazine. In the Red-Headed League, the duo of Holmes and Watson ride the Underground on their way to Saxe-Coburg Square. In The Beryl Coronet, Alexander Holder rode the tube on his way to Baker Street. Lastly, Cadogan West’s body was placed upon the roof of a stopped Underground carriage in The Bruce Partington Plans.

Sherlock Underground

Jumping forward to the third season of BBC’s Sherlock, we have John Watson riding the tube shortly after the opening credits for The Empty Hearse. Later in the same episode, Sherlock and Watson are exploring the abandoned Sumatra rail station looking for a missing rail-car that is rigged with explosives.

Sherlock Underground 2

2013 was the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, the world’s first underground railway. The British Royal Mint released two different £2 commemorative coins into circulation  to honor the occasion.

2013 London Underground Train 2 Pounds
The Train – designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
2013 London Underground Roundel 2 Pounds
The Roundel – designed by Edwina Ellis











Both of the circulating coins are a cupro-nickel alloy surrounded by outer ring of nickel brass.  The Train coin features a linear representation of the Tube map on its edge, while the Roundel coin’s edge is inscribed MIND THE GAP.

2013 London Underground Train Gold 2 Pounds2013 London Underground Roundel Gold 2 Pounds









The same designs were used on the gold version of the £2 coin, which had a maximum mintage of 960 for each design. The composition of the coins is an inner section of 22 carat yellow gold, with an outer ring of 22 carat red cold.

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