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Baker Street is situated in Marylebone in the City of Westminster.
It’s a busy road full of life and interest that stretches over 1.5 miles from Regent’s Park to Oxford Street.
Baker Street was named after William Baker who designed the street in the 1800s for residential housing. Over time it’s become a district for business and commerce.
Landmarks in Baker Street
Baker Street is best known for the Gerry Rafferty song of the same name, and as home to Arthur Conran Doyle’s detective Sherlock Holmes who lived at number 221B Baker Street. Today a museum stands near the fictional address chronicling his adventures and selling merchandise.
Madam Tussauds was first opened on Baker Street before it moved to neighbouring Marylebone Road in 1884. If you’re a fan of waxworks, it only takes a few minutes to walk there.
At one end of Baker Street you’ll find Regents Park. It’s perfect for a quiet walk in the fresh air if London’s traffic becomes too much. The zoo, cafes and boating trips are great fun if you have the time to spare.
Baker Street Shopping and Eating
Wind your way down Baker Street to take in the Georgian street scene. It’s a sophisticated shopping and eating venue with prices to match.
The Beatles opened their Apple boutique here in 1967 and there is still a Beatles inspired shop on the spot named The London Beatles Store. It’s a tourist attraction and merchandising dream.
Another shop of interest is Spymaster, a high tech gadget, surveillance and communication store, and also Trunk Clothiers, an independent clothing store, is worth a browse.
If you prefer large shopping venues the world famous Selfridges sits on Oxford Street, at the other end of Baker Street to Regent’s Park.
Eating on Baker Street is a pleasure as you watch the characters and life swirl by. Try Twist, a Spanish and Italian restaurant with cheerful staff, or Pachamama for unusual Peruvian dishes. If you’re feeling flash and you’ve booked in advance the trendy Chiltern Firehouse is situated just round the corner.
There are plenty of chain and independent coffee houses around Baker Street too, if you just want to sit and relax with a paper and hot drink.
Baker Street Nightlife
There’s plenty going on around Baker Street, from Chakana, a cocktail lounge visited by David Beckham and Pixie Lott, to Purl where the cocktails come with warnings.
Spirit lovers will enjoy Burlock an enormous rum bar full of life. A quiet pint can be had in the Allsop Arms where there’s a relaxed atmosphere and pub grub.
Everyman Baker Street Cinema is a small movie house open every night with a selection of films to suit different tastes.
Transportation Links in Baker Street
Baker Street is a hub of transport. It’s served by its own tube station which is one of the original underground stations.
The Bakerloo, Circle and Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines all stop here – in fact you can travel across London from Baker Street without difficulty.
Outside the tube station you can catch a London bus towards Marble Arch or Oxford Circus.
There is also a taxi rank, and Transport For London’s lost property office outside the doors.
It’s very easy to travel around Baker Street and the Marylebone area on the underground.
If you prefer to take your car then parking can be found at 170 Marylebone Road and Q Park on nearby Moxton Street. Be quick because the spaces are very popular and fill up fast.