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Shaftesbury Avenue

19 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EQ

A major arterial road in central London, Shaftesbury Avenue was built between 1877 and 1886. It was designed to fulfil several purposes: to connect Oxford Street with Piccadilly Circus, to provide easier access to the borough of Soho, and to enforce a policy of slum clearance from the serving government. Today it is considered to be one of the major features of London's West End, home to several large theatres, and at the southern end allows direct access to London's Chinatown, with many Chinese businesses open on the Avenue itself.

In Sherlock, the southern end of the Avenue near Piccadilly Circus appears onscreen. Sherlock and John literally bump into each other by the bus stop outside 19-23 Shaftesbury Avenue, before heading off into Chinatown to continue their investigation.

Episodes Shaftesbury Avenue has appeared in

The Blind Banker (Episode 2, Series 1)

The nearest Underground is Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly). Exit the station and head towards the famous electronic signs of the Circus, which connect directly to Shaftesbury Avenue. The bus stop is a few yards along on the north side of the road.

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Series 4

The Six Thatchers   * S4E1

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The Lying Detective   * S4E2

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The Final Problem   * S4E3

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