London has been the setting for many detective stories across its history, the most famous of which were the stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Doctor Watson. Created by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, Sherlock went on to feature in 56 short stories and four novels. In fact, such was his popularity, that when Conan Doyle killed him off, he was forced by popular demand to resurrect him and continue as though nothing had happened!
While we wouldn't go so far as to say doing a treasure hunt is exactly like being Sherlock Holmes – we don't require you to wear a deerstalker; it's possibly the closest you're going to get to playing the great detective in today's city. Why? Because like Sherlock, we expect you to always be alert, to track down those clues that all the other people walking past have missed and to make connections and draw conclusions based on those clues to reach your destination.
We also think it is a good idea to say ‘Elementary, my dear Watson' every time you spot something that others, whether in your group or not, have missed. Even though Holmes never said this – he just liked the word Elementary - it's still something of a catchphrase in the London Treasure Hunts office!
We've got cases galore waiting to be solved in our hunts, some of our favourites include:
We're always looking for new detectives to join the hunt. If you think you've got what it takes, visit the hunt pages and choose your own adventure!