Visit London Blog Giveaway: Win A Night at Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes

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If you’re missing the recent BBC Sherlock Holmes series, enter our giveaway to win a Sherlock Holmes-themed stay in London.

You could win one night’s accommodation at the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes for two people, plus do a bit of sleuthing yourself at one of the hotel’s exciting murder mystery dinner parties.

And to fill that Sherlock Holmes-shaped hole in your life, you’ll also win a copy of new novel The Baker Street Phantom by Fabrice Bourland.  Set in the spring of 1932 the private detective agency of Messrs, Singleton and Trelawney must solve a series of brutal murders, aided by the most famous detective of all time.

To enter, send your name, address and contact details to by midnight on 24 August 2010. Plus, tell us which is your favourite novel set in London in the comments box below.

The overnight stay will need to be taken during September 2010 and two places on the murder mystery dinner are available on 25 September 2010 only.

Interactive murder mystery dinners are hosted by

If you aren’t lucky enough to win but decide to book a stay at the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes this September, you’ll get a free copy of The Baker Street Phantom.

Read competition terms and conditions.


  1. sharon casey says:

    The Magic Toyshop – just because I love the book and how it’s written.

  2. Charlotte Wills says:

    Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – an insightful and moving account of one persons day in post-war London.

  3. Karen Scammell says:

    George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four

  4. charlotte says:

    bridget jones’ diary

  5. Georgina says:

    George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-four

  6. Rukia Hussain says:

    The Magic Toyshop -i thinks it a really good book and i have read it 2 times and now my 14 year old is also reading it and cant put it down.

  7. Drew McCall says:

    Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

  8. Martin says:

    I recently enjoyed In The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

  9. Michelle Millross says:

    I would have to go with Bridget Jones also – very funny but strangely mirroring the lives of many women :)

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks everyone for your comments so far. Don’t forget to email your name, address and contact details to to ensure you’re entered into the Sherlock Holmes giveaway.

  10. Andrew Pp says:

    Lifless by Mark Billingham….a detective goes to live amongst the capitol cities homeless to solve a murder mystery

  11. Charles Harvey says:

    Survivor (scary!)

  12. Philippa Davey says:

    London by Edward Rutherfurd – the story of the city.

  13. Jane says:

    Got to be Oliver Twist… Charles Dickens

  14. caroline davison says:

    I love Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens and it is great that she finds happiness in the end with the man she loves.

  15. Tom Smith says:

    HG Wells The War Of The Worlds

  16. Tania says:

    Bridget Jones’ Diary

  17. Rod says:

    George Orwell – 1984, pure brilliance!

  18. Paul Green says:

    Mary Poppins!

  19. Lorraine Partyn says:


  20. Alison says:

    My fabourite novel set in London is Mary Poppins because it’s such a faraway story that takes me away from the harsh realties of life

  21. FionaLynne Edwards says:

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – my absolute favourite book of all time!

  22. Diane says:

    My favourite would be any of Martina Cole’s novels, but if I had to pick one then it would be Close.

  23. Sue Bell says:

    London Fields is a black comic novel murder mystery by Martin Amis. This book will have you in suspence from start to finish, a cracking read.

  24. Brian Chetwynd says:

    It has to be ‘The Sign of the Four’ by Arthur Conan Doyle. One of the best Sherlock Holmes stories.

  25. angela owen says:

    I like the Nick Hornby novels – difficult to pick just the one though but they are all set in London (I think)

  26. bob clark says:

    The Day of the Triffids – brilliant and frighteniong

  27. Laura C says:

    Oliver Twist is one of favourite books (I also love the film and stage show). Its iconic and it captures the dark aspects of Londons past and wonderfully captures the warmth of the human spirit.Londonis a place of tragedy and immense happiness.

  28. AM says:

    This is going to sound really daft by 101 Dalmations.

  29. Patricia says:

    High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

    This book is simultaneously funny and touching. We can still see people just like the main character in the record shop in Dean Street though it is a way of life that is in decline. Nick Hornby engages the reader with his wry humour and keen eye for detail.

  30. helena says:

    Day of the triffids

  31. ‘Dead Air’, by Iain Banks about a London radio DJ

  32. Maggie says:

    White Teeth by Zadie Smith

  33. karim khimji says:

    George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-four

  34. Phil Darling says:

    Day of the Triffids – I read it as a yongster, and many times since. Fantastic yarn

  35. Paul Marshall says:

    George Orwell, Nineteen eighty four

  36. Heather S says:

    Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Hands down.

  37. Matthew Hooper says:

    Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell

  38. Barbara Stephenson says:

    Oliver Twist – Charles Dickins

  39. Anne says:

    A Far Cry From Kensington – Muriel Spark. Captures the atmosphere of bohemian London in the 1950’s.

  40. Gina says:

    yep another vote for Bridget Jones….a good lil read!

  41. Peter Cook says:

    Absolute beginners by Colin Macinnes

  42. JoG says:

    Has anyone else read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman? It’s set in an alternative London – the London ‘underground’ where there is a real court of earl’s at Earl’s Court and the same at Baron’s Court. Fantastic imagination weaving the real London with the surreal…

  43. Michelle Bamber says:

    The old Curiosity shop :)

  44. janie h says:

    Love in a cold climate

  45. Louise Bowie says:

    It has to be Bridget Jones Diary, I love it. Soooo funny and witty and so true!

  46. linda wiles says:

    Jack the ripper

  47. Anne H says:

    Bridget Jones Diary

  48. katrina walsh says:

    the magic toy shop

  49. Dan Caldon says:

    Down and Out in Paris and London. It describes a time and way of life that we can no longer relate to

  50. Maggie says:

    Jack Maggs, by Peter Carey …like nominations by many others, it’s set in Dickensian London, and it’s worthy of Dickens, but by contemporary Australian writer. It’s the story of Magwich, the convict in Great Expectations.

  51. paul lacey says:

    James Herbert – The Rats

  52. Catherine Miller says:

    I love White Teeth by Zadie Smith!

  53. Nicola Daley says:

    Mrs Dalloway

  54. Maria Reilly says:

    A Christmas Carol

  55. Julia Johnson says:

    Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

  56. MARY MULLARKEY says:

    Mine has to be The Little Match Girl. Hans Christian Andersen

    Ok, not the greatest novel with regards to london,

    but I can imagine, that due to the poor quality of life

    back then, many children would have passed away.

    It always brings a little tear to my eyes, along with a smile,

    knowing that my girls will never have to go through what

    people went through back then.

  57. Jane says:

    Bridget Jones Diary

  58. Marita says:

    Bridget Jones Diary is my fav novel set in London! :)

  59. Stacey Webb says:

    Oliver Twist

  60. elizabeth says:

    london fields by martin amis

  61. David Rosser says:

    A Christmas Carol

  62. Kristina Browning says:

    a christmas carol

  63. MJ says:

    Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

  64. Jeremy Hards says:

    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    Closely followed by 48 by James Herbert

  65. Carrie-ann says:

    Confessions of a Shopoholic!

  66. david simpson says:

    Scaredy Cat

  67. Kerry says:

    Bridget Jones Diary

  68. Samantha says:

    A bit of an obvious one, but I still love A Christmas Carol. :)

  69. jen says:

    a christmas carol :)

  70. charlene roe says:

    Has to be Bridget Jones Diary!

  71. Susan Norminton says:

    A Child of the Jago: A Novel Set in the London Slums in the 1890s by Arthur Morrison

  72. katrina campbell says:

    London Fields – by martin amis

  73. caprica says:

    A Christmas Carol – charles dickens

  74. Becky Patterson says:

    Portobello by Ruth Rendell

  75. Dee says:

    My favourite is Brick Lane by Monica Ali, a very thought-provoking read.

  76. Tracey Hancock says:

    Nancy Mitford’s “Love in a Cold Climate”

  77. David Baxter says:

    It has to be A Christmas Carol – I know others have said it, but we read it every year!

  78. Therese Pastore says:

    George Orwell Nineteen eighty four

  79. Ray Fielding says:

    Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell

  80. C Ward says:

    White Teeth – Zadie Smith

  81. rachel c says:

    The Sarah Waters books are all great London novels… fingersmith in particular.

  82. Bryn says:

    Oliver Twist

  83. Judie Eves says:

    At Bertrams Hotel one of Agatha’s best

  84. Carolina says:

    “Bridget Jones Diary” and those of Sherlock Holmes set in London.

  85. wendy jamieson-price says:

    oliver twist and a christmas carol draw for my top london novels

  86. Kellie says:

    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman