Discover the hidden secrets of Leinster Gardens


Leinster Gardens in Bayswater is the location of one of London’s most hidden secrets.

Behind numbers 23 and 24 on the street is nothing…. although they look they two great buildings, there are in fact facades built in the 1860s.

They were constructed to allow the creation of a short section of underground railway and to have an area to vent the smoke created by the underground steam engines.

The facades are five foot in depth and even have 18 windows and front doors – although there are no letter boxes.

Over the years, Leinster Gardens has been the subject of a number of pranks. In the 1930s, a hoax was played on a number of charity ball attendees, who actually turned up to the address in full evening dress to find it was a cruel joke.

The buildings have also reached in a recent episode of the popular BBC TV series Sherlock – making it a popular destination for fans of the show.

There are in fact a number of places in the London that would appeal to Sherlock Holmes fans and are certainly worth a visit.

To get to Leinster Gardens, the nearest station is Bayswater station, which is the Circle and District lines, between Notting Hill Gate and Paddington stations and is in Travelcard Zone 1.

Check out the Sherlock Holmes museum

A must see for fans of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes is the 221 Baker Street museum.

Celebrating everything to do with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character, the museum takes visitors back to the time of Holmes and his always present sidekick Doctor Watson.

The inside of the Victorian house has been transformed to look how it is described within the famous books and has a great atmosphere.

Visitors get the chance to have a look around Sherlock’s study, complete with an armchair by the fire. You can also spot his pipe, magnifying glass and violin in his bedroom.

On the second floor is Doctor Watson’s quarters and you have the chance to look over his papers, which contain notes on a number of the detective’s cases, including the Hound of the Baskervilles.

One of the highlights is an exhibition with life size waxworks from a number of Sherlock’s most famous adventures.

There is also a well-stocked gift shop that give you the chance to pick up some souvenirs of your trip to one of the most famous addresses in the capital.

The museum is open 9.30am to 6pm everyday apart from Christmas Day.

To get to the museum, the nearest London Underground station is Baker Street – it is on the Bakerloo Line, Circle Line. Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line and Jubilee Line.