Baker Street, London Overview

Named after William Baker who laid out the design of this street, Baker Street is a famous 18th century street. It is located in the City of Westminster. Once an uptown residential dwelling, Baker Street is now a mostly commercial area.

Famous more so owing to the fictional character Sherlock Holmes who lived in 221B Baker Street, this place is what one would relate to Victorian England. The zigzag lanes of Marylebone Lane are courtesy of the Tyburn River which is located nearby.

Apart from exploring the world famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Sherlock Holmes Museum, there are many other things to do in and around Baker Street. It has 3 churches in the area, namely- St James's Roman Catholic Church, St Mary's, and Hinde Street Methodist Church. All the churches have a breath-taking interior as well as exterior.

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Food and Drinks

Satiate your taste buds with amazing food and drinks from places such as La Fromagerie, The Harcourt, or Nordic Bakery, The Golden Eagle, Burlock or dash to Totally Swedish for not only food but books and handicraft as well.

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The place also brings about a unique shopping experience:
  • Cadenhead has whiskies from all over the world and has got a tasting room as well.
  • If you want to be spoilt for choice when choosing buttons, head over to The Button Queen.
  • To enjoy the best blends of their in-house teas, do visit Kusmi Tea.

Fun Facts

Apart from being famous due to its Sherlock Holmes connection, there are many other reasons that Baker Street is famous:

- The 1st ever Madame Tussauds wax museum opened in Baker Street, before being moved to Marylebone Road;

- One of the Beatles’ 1st business ventures, the Apple Boutique, was located at 94 Baker Street;

- Baker Street was also once the headquarters of once UK’s largest retail chain, Marks & Spencer;

- Gerry Rafferty sang and composed the song called Baker Street, which also featured in Billboard Top 100

- Sculptor James Fillans lived and worked from 82 Baker Street.

How To Reach Baker Street

Underground: Marble Arch Tube Station (5-minute walk) | Bond Street Tube Station (6-minute walk)

Train: Marylebone Railway Station (10-minute walk)

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