The Sherlock Holmes Pub Visit 2015

On my recent excursion to visit the Sherlock Holmes Exhibition in London, I also had the opportunity to meet up with two of my favourite Sherlockians, Roger Johnson and Jean Upton.

We met for a delicious lunch at The Sherlock Holmes Pub on Northumberland Street.  After a tradition “toad in the hole” and a pint of ale, We retreated to the re-constructed sitting room of 221b. Roger is the keeper of the key and caretaker of the room and he and Jean update it when necessary.

Many items on display in the dining room are from the Sherlock Holmes Exhibit which took place in London in 1951.

Catching up with Roger and Jean is always a treat.

I was able to walk through “221b” on Northumberland Street and examine many of the items in the room first-hand. I could have spent hours there. Sitting in Holmes’s comfortable chair beside the fireplace, pulling a book off the shelf and summoning Mrs. Hudson for a cup of tea.

Many thanks to Roger and Jean for a lovely and memorable afternoon in London!

The “Masters’ Dinner” 2015

The Stormy Petrels of BC will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of How They Met – the formation of one of the greatest partnerships of all time – on Saturday, March 14th 2015. Once again, due to popular demand, the celebration will take place at the lovely Art Dec0-style Bessborough Armory (Arbutus/11th Ave) This building, a Recognized Federal Heritage Building, was officially opened in 1934 by Vere Brabazon Ponsby, the 9th Earl of Bessborough and 14th Governor General of Canada. The beautiful Officers’ Mess is a perfect venue, allowing us to dine in elegance then relax fire-side while being entertained by ‘The Petrel Players’ who traditionally perform “How They Met”, “How Watson Learned the Trick” and more….. Please join us at 6:00 for drinks, 7:00 for dinner. (Victorian/Edwardian dress is encouraged) Please let Elsa know ASAP if you are planning on attending. (if you are unable to contact Elsa, please contact Fran here)

February Meeting 2015

“I hear of Sherlock everywhere since you became his chronicler.” Words spoken by Sherlock Holmes’s older brother.

We, along with Dr. Watson, meet Mycroft Holmes for the first time in “The Greek Interpreter” which is the story for discussion for the meeting on February 3rd.  This story first appeared in the Strand Magazine in September 1893.


We, along with Dr. Watson, also learn that the grandmother of Sherlock Holmes was the sister of the French artist Vernet.


Holmes states: “Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest form.”

Shall we see you on Tuesday, February 3 for our next regular meeting?

Hampton Place, 7:00pm.

If you would like more information, please contact Fran at the Stormy Petrels’ gmail address.

  • Please note that our treasurer, Elsa, will be collecting annual dues, if you have not  yet paid.
  • Elsa would also like to know, ASAP, if you are attending the “Masters’ Dinner” in March. She also needs to collect your dinner fee as well.
  • Please let Fran know ASAP if you are planning on offering a toast at the dinner.

Thank you


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