SPEEDY'S STORY

Read more about Speedy's journey...

Our core values…

Speedy’s lives up to its name with fresh hot and cold foods prepared and cooked on the premises daily, delivered to your table in a matter of minutes. The cafe has maintained a tradition of serving quality foods at competitive pricing whilst offering some of the warmest customer service that London has to offer.

Did we mention we’re Sherlock’s local…

Having featured in all 3 seasons of the BBC’s award winning series Sherlock, the small, independent cafe is no stranger to television screens in living rooms across the globe. Nestled in an unassuming street just seconds walk from Euston Square station, Speedy’s can be easily recognised by its distinctive red canopy and sits directly below Sherlock and Watson’s home in the BBC hit programme.

Home to the one and only Sherlock & Watson wraps and some of the most exciting memorabilia and fan art in town, it’s easy to see why the iconic detective’s local cafe has become a pilgrimage in its own right, attracting Sherlock fans from all around the world.

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Humble beginnings 

Back in 2002 when owner Chris Georgiou first embarked on his journey with Speedy’s, the now famous sandwich bar cafe still had that feeling of home, buzzing with familiar locals and tourists alike. For the majority, the street was fairly quiet though…that is until the BBC came to town a few years later.

Incredibly, the building caught the eye of location managers who approached Chris on behalf of the BBC for the filming of Sherlock. North Gower Street seemed to be an ideal shooting location. The building’s style highly resembled that of Sherlock’s home and the street was far less crowded than the fictitious detective’s true location base on Baker Street.

Although the cafe was originally presented as Mrs Hudson’s Snax n’ Sarnies in Sherlock’s pilot episode, producers of the show thankfully decided before filming any further episodes to keep the little red canopy as is. Voila, a star was born! Sooner than Speedy’s management knew it, the popularity of the show began to draw in international crowds on a daily basis, particularly after scenes of the cafe’s interiors were aired in the episode Scandal in Belgravia.

A taste of real London…

The show’s fans flock to the street for the obvious, lunching at Speedy’s for its association with the British show they love so much. Soon enough Sherlockians realise the cafe as a part of real, everyday London culture, a food gem in the buzzing city, a home away from Holmes.

Regular customers have embraced the sandwich emporiums new found fame and are proud to have been a part of Speedy’s from the beginning. Speedy’s work hard every day to deliver the full experience that its customers deserve. Its preserved authenticity and sustained quality through the years has not gone unnoticed by Speedy’s toughest critics, its locals.

Sherlock episodes featuring Speedy’s:

A Study in Pink (Sherlock, Series 1)
The Blind Banker (Sherlock, Series 1)
The Great Game (Sherlock, Series 1)
A Scandal In Belgravia (Sherlock, Series 2)
The Hounds of Baskerville (Sherlock, Series 2)
The Reichenbach Fall (Sherlock, Series 2)
The Empty Hearse (Sherlock, Series 3)
The Sign of Three (Sherlock, Series 3)
His Last Vow (Sherlock, Series 3)