A famous London pub has re-opened after a major refurbishment to help it make even more of its literary connections.

 

The Sherlock Holmes, just off Trafalgar Square, was closed after Christmas for the refit.

It reopened this week with a VIP murder mystery party with guests invited to take part in Sherlock-inspired crime-solving entertainment.

 

 

The interior of the Greene King pub has been completely refreshed and a new menu features dishes such as Mrs Hudson's Shin of Beef and Ale Pie.

 

 

 

Pub manager Matthew Bennett said: "For decades the pub has been a firm favourite with both locals and tourists alike.

"We look forward to continuing to welcome Sherlock enthusiasts from all over the world, as well as our regulars and new guests who come to enjoy our friendly pub atmosphere, delicious food and drink – and our quirky and eclectic collection of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia."

 

 

The pub, formerly known as the Northumberland Hotel, was established in 1736 and famously featured in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1901 classic novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, in which Holmes and Dr Watson met with Sir Henry Baskerville.

The venue is also home to a Sherlock museum which features rare memorabilia including original theatre posters, Watson's old service revolver and the stuffed and mounted head of the Hound of the Baskervilles.