Baker Street is a bustling street in Marylebone within the City of Westminster famous for being the place where Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective lived.
You will have fun with your escort tracking down the address where this fictional character lived, namely 221B Baker Street where there now stands a museum.
The street is named after William Baker who was a builder in the eighteenth century. It lies in the London postcode areas of NW1 and W1 and runs south from Regents Park to Oxford Street.
Selfridges the premier London department store stands at the junction of Baker Street and Oxford Street is a must to visit and a great opportunity to treat your special escort to a gift – there is an array of designer names in the store.
Originally Baker Street also housed the head office of Marks and Spencer one of the UK’s largest retailers at 64 Baker Street as well as Madame Tussauds, the famous waxworks museum which opened as a permanent exhibition in 1835 but subsequently moved to Marylebone Road in 1884.
Madame Tussauds is a very popular London tourist attraction with wax models of famous historical figures as well as film stars, sports stars and notorious murderers from the past. You will have fun taking your escort there and identifying all the famous names.
Baker Street has also been made famous for a number of other reasons Gerry Rafferty wrote a song called “Baker Street” which appeared on his second album “City to City” in 1978 and in the 1960s the singer Dusty Springfield lived on Baker Street.
Impress your escort with your knowledge that in 2008 a film was made called “The Bank Job” named after a well known robbery which took place in a branch of Lloyds Bank on Baker Street in 1971.
Baker Street has a London Underground station which was the first underground station in the world and was opened in 1863 by the Metropolitan Railway.
Baker Street runs south of Regents Park which is a large area of mainly open parkland ideal for taking a leisurely walk in the summer with your escort. Within its boundaries there are elegant white stucco terraced houses designed by the famous architect John Nash in the early 1800s.
You will also find London Zoo in Regent’s Park this is the world’s oldest zoo opened in 1828 and houses 755 species of animals. Your escort would love to visit and see such a vast number of interesting creatures.