Helping to fill the chasm between series three and four of the BBC’s wildly successful Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the Museum of London has launched a comprehensive look at the world’s only “consulting detective” and his relationship with the metropolis. The exhibits tackle not only the latest incarnation (it includes Sherlock’s now iconic Belstaff Milford coat and dressing gown) but other stage and screen incarnations from William Gillette onwards. You can also see original manuscripts — including the first page of what was then called The Sign of The Four — and, most importantly, the nature of the city that inspired Conan Doyle to create the immortal sleuth. For those coming to see the exhibition, here is how to build a Sherlockian weekend.
Forget the American dream, this is the British dream. Every year tens of thousands of immigrants arrive in London. They come from all over the world in the hope of finding safety and striking gold. For his controversial new book, Ben Judah spent two years following them — Romanians, Poles, Africans, Arabs — trying to understand the reality of their lives
A new life begins: Victoria Coach Station
I have to see everything for myself. I don’t trust statistics. I have to make up my own mind. This is why I am shivering again at 6am. I am being pushed around. Automatic doors slide and close. Crowds are dazed with arrival. African men in hoodies and leather jackets rub their eyes. Polish meatheads grip onto huge toolboxes as they make for the street. Arab men in body warmers and fleeces pull out throwaway phones and dial those they know.
Back in September, I wrote the ultimate guide to travel hacking. It was a way for me to share tips and advice on how to travel cheaply without sacrificing comfort. And as I watched people’s reactions and answered questions about that guide, I hit upon an idea. It’s one thing to say, “Hey, this stuff works,” but it’s another to actually show that this stuff works. I decided that as I hopped, skipped, and jumped around the world, I was going to take what people view as “expensive” places and demonstrate how they can be visited on a budget—without sacrificing comfort.