Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, and James Bond in London

Posted by Grace on February 10, 2010

Could we spot Harry Potter if we look closely enough?
Could we spot Harry Potter if we look closely enough?

My head reeled from over two hours of Victorian action (complete with old-school chemical blasts and horse-carriage chase scenes) and witty repartees between genius detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart sidekick Dr. Watson. I have probably watched over a hundred movies set in London, and each time I am awed. If it has been said that Paris is the most romantic city on earth, then, in my book, London would have to be the most magical.

On City Discovery, the movies (not just Sherlock Holmes) certainly also had a big impact.

Follow the Trail of a Serial Killer
Across a maze of indistinguishable Victorian Streets in and around London at nightfall is the bloodstained trail of a serial killer. In 1888, a series of brutal murders involving women prostitutes took place in Whitechapel. No one was charged for the crimes, and the identity of the killer remains unknown. But aspiring sleuths can get a crack at solving the Jack the Ripper Murders by joining a crime-solving activity. For two spine-tingling hours, participants are expected to piece together the facts and clues on what is considered one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time.

Solve the Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown fans will get a kick out of the Da Vinci Code Tour along the Green Route followed by the Hop on-Hop off London Sightseeing Tour + Free River Cruise , which explores key London locations featured in the international bestselling novel. Boarding an open-topped double-decker bus seems an ideal way to see London as I can explore at my own pace, hopping on and hopping off as I please at various stops (including Notting Hill, where Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant fell in love… in the movie!)

Meet Harry Potter
Many scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed at Christ Church, one of Oxford’s largest colleges. A visit to Oxford, Stratford, Cotswold and Warwick Castle is probably the heart’s desire of bookworms and movie freaks the world over. Oxford, renowned as a center of academic excellence for over 900 years, has nurtured the genius of countless writers, artists, academics, historians, and many more over the centuries. Famous students were Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and C.S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Are you a villain or a spy?
Find out which is more fun with this seven-hour bus tour, which goes to 15 James Bond locations between London and Oxfordshire, as well as places linked with the life of Bond author Ian Fleming. Maybe, we’ll get to see a real spy at the MI6 HQ.

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