From New York to London, in the footsteps of Elementary...

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Elementary presents a Sherlock Holmes in the modern world, leaving London for New York. Back to the filming locations of the event series.

Elementary, New York to London

Elementary series isn’t just set in New York City. In a special episode, the protagonists flew to London. Discover these emblematic filming locations.

Sherlock Brownstone

Brownstone from Sherlock - Elementary
Brownstone from Sherlock – Elementary

While in the series Sherlock’s (Jonny Lee Miller) home is in Brooklyn Heights (42 Stanford Avenue), the building facades used for the exteriors are in Harlem, along 121st Street. At least two different facades, one with three floors, the other with four, were filmed to represent the famous dwelling. In this street, between Lenox Avenue and Morningside Avenue, you can admire several beautiful brownstones, these red sandstone houses built in the mid-19th century. The rooftop scenes were shot from a rooftop on Long Island (10-10 44th Avenue). It is on this one that Sherlock rears his bees and debates many times with Watson (Lucy Liu).

Joan Watson’s apartment

Joan Watson's apartment - Elementary
Joan Watson’s apartment – Elementary

At the beginning of the third season, Joan Watson left Sherlock’s brownstone to open her own detective agency. The facade of this residential building in Chelsea is used for the exterior plans.

Address: 435 W 23rd St, New York, USA

221 B Baker Street

For his London stay in the footsteps of his former referent wanted by Scotland Yard, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) takes Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) to her former home at 221 B Baker Street to settle down. The detective is surprised to find a completely renovated apartment inhabited by his brother, Mycroft (Rhys Ifans). This is not the real 221 B Baker Street but 85 Redchurch Street. The creator and executive producer of the series, Robert Doherty, imagined a rainy London for the shooting of this episode, but it was nice and warm during the shooting. It was initially unsettling for him, but he said at a conference at the Associated Press that it was ultimately a good thing because it gave a different image of London to the Americans.

Address: Labour and Wait, 85 Redchurch Street, London, UK

Nelson Column

Traflgar Square/Nelson Column - Elementary
Traflgar Square/Nelson Column – Elementary

During his investigation, Sherlock tries to get Langdale Pike’s attention for potential help. He goes in front of the Nelson Column in Trafalgar Square and holds up two panels in front of the surveillance cameras, waiting for an answer. Erected in memory of Admiral Nelson, the column was built between 1840 and 1843. It is 44 metres high, so that the Admiral, at the very top, can observe the sea. On December 17, 2015, Disney transformed the monument into a lightsaber as part of the promotion of Star Wars episode VII: The Force Awakens. While her fictional sidekick, Sherlock, plays the violin, Lucy Liu is a real accordion fan, which she plays regularly.

Address: 5 Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom

New Scotland Yard (fictional)

New Scotland Yard - Elementary
New Scotland Yard – Elementary

Just arrived in London from New York during the first episode of season two, Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson arrive directly by taxi at New Scotland Yard. This is not the real building and the building used for the filming was destroyed in 2014, but there is still the driveway to the Thames quays. Sherlock Holmes’ interpreter, Jonny Lee Miller, and Sherlock’s interpreter, Benedict Cumberbatch, are great friends in life and have another role in common, that of Professor Frankenstein, which they alternately performed in London in a play by Danny Boyle.

Address: 30 Lower Thames Street, London, United Kingdom

Paddington Station

Paddington station - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Paddington station – Photo credit: Fantrippers

Once the investigation is complete, Sherlock joins Joan at Paddington station to take the Heathrow express, a train to the international airport from central London. If the name of this station rings a bell, it’s probably because you associate it with Paddington bear. Makes sense, since the bear takes its name from this building. The actress Lucy Liu is regularly behind the camera. She directed the first episode of the second season of Luke Cage.

Address: Praed Street, Paddington, London, United Kingdom

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By Damien Duarte

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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