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Baker Street Area Guide

HISTORY, LOCATION, ARCHITECTURE, EDUCATION & MORE



History
Named after the builder William Baker, who laid the street out in the 18th century. The street is most famous for its connection to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at a fictional 221B Baker Street address.

Location
Baker Street runs south from Regent's Park, the junction with Park Road, parallel to Gloucester Place, meeting Marylebone Road, Portman Square and Wigmore Street. At the junction with Wigmore Street, Baker Street then turns into Orchard Street which ends when it meets with Oxford Street.

Architecture
Properties range from Georgian period conversions, to purpose built blocks from the 1930’s and red brick mansions blocks dating back to the early 1900’s. Many of the buildings here are portered, Berkeley Court being perhaps one of the highest regarded. With a drive carriageway, extravagant foyer, uniformed porterage and passenger lifts that to a tranquil and idyllic manicured roof garden with breath-taking views of London’s landmarks and also to Primrose Hill and Regents Park.

Transport
Baker Street tube station is located at the northern end of the street and is one of the world's oldest surviving underground stations. Just next door is Transport for London's lost property office.

Landmarks
In 1835 the first wax museum of Madame Tussauds was opened on Baker Street and moved just around the corner, to Marylebone Road in 1884.

Famous past residents
Residents of the prestigious mansion block, Chiltern Court, on the Regent's Park end of Baker Street include the novelists Arnold Bennett and H.G Wells who are commemorated with a blue plaque.
Dorset House, on the corner of Gloucester Place and Marylebone Road, is an art deco Grade II-listed block built in 1934-35 and the film-makers Powell and Pressburger occupied flat 120 from 1942 to 1947, again commemorated with a blue plaque.

Famous streets
1n 1974 and 1975, London was subjected to a 14-month campaign of gun and bomb attacks by the Provisional IRA and The Balcombe Street siege started after a chase through London after gunshots were fired  through the window of Scott's restaurant in Mount Street, Mayfair. The chase brought them to Balcombe Street where subsequently they took a John and Sheila Matthews hostage for six days.

Famous songs & films
Baker Street is a song by Gerry Rafferty, released in 1978. The song was a major worldwide hit reaching Number 3 in the UK and Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 2008 film, The Bank Job was based on the 1971 robbery of Lloyds Bank in Baker Street.

Education
Westminster University, The London Business School, Regents University, The Royal Academy of Music amongst others are internationally known for the quality of their education and tuition and students from all around the world chose to study here and tend to rent or even buy apartments close by.

We Say….
Baker Street is one of the most convenient places to live in London, with easy access to the underground station and mainline station at Marylebone, numerous bus routes, Regents Park. Everything is close by or just a short walk away. People are nice and friendly and once they live in this area they find it very hard to leave!

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