Conan Doyle and London 

15 November 2019, 9.15am - 6.30pm, Room G7, Senate House



“Dickens’ London. And Conan Doyle’s—just as legendary, in its own way.” Franco Moretti, Atlas of the European Novel 1800-1900.

Our symposium will explore the relationship between Arthur Conan Doyle and the city most associated with him. London was not just the place where hansom cabs drew up outside 221b Baker Street to disgorge new problems for the great detective. It was also home to the medical district around Harley Street where Conan Doyle hired consulting rooms and vainly waited for patients, to newbuild suburbs like South Norwood where he moved with his young family in 1891, and to the network of Spiritualist meeting places described in his novel of 1925, The Land of Mist. Conan Doyle’s work has always had popular appeal, and now attracts a growing critical and scholarly interest. Conan Doyle and London is the first event associated with a new scholarly enterprise from Edinburgh University Press, The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • Catherine Cooke (Sherlock Holmes Society of London),
  • Jonathan Cranfield (Twentieth-Century Victorian: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine),
  • Christine Ferguson (The Occult Imagination in Britain),
  • Andrew Glazzard (The Case of Sherlock Holmes),
  • Douglas Kerr (Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice),
  • Roger Luckhurst (Science Fiction: A Literary History).

Event organised in conjunction with the Institute of English Studies, with generous support from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

Attendance £35 (standard) and £30 (concession). Advance online registration required. 

Walking Tour

Attendees are invited to join a Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes walking tour. 

MC Black, of Detective Walks, will lead a walk in the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes on the evening of 14th November, wandering, in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and ACD, through some of the obscure byways of Covent Garden as well as the principal thoroughfares of the West End before finishing at/near the Sherlock Holmes Public House (near to Charing Cross station).

The restaurant at the Sherlock Holmes Pub overlooks the rebuilt Sitting Room that survives from the Festival of Britain in 1951 and participants may choose to eat supper there.

The walk will start at 18:00 in the Senate House Cloisters (directly beneath the Tower) and last around two hours (depending on the speed at which participants walk).

Cost: £10 each. The maximum group size is 36 – first come first served.

To reserve a place please write to MC Black at