What does this street mean to you? What is its significance? Well for me, it is the home of the greatest detective in history, Sherlock Holmes. And while Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat did an excellent job at re-introducing Sherlock, his legend still lives on! I don’t want to start talking about the TV series (seriously we need fifth series! Right now!), as I think I will be talking about it forever; I’d rather focus on the museum that has his name: The Sherlock Holmes Museum!
First of all, I have to say that this neighbourhood is one of my absolute favourites! So many fascinating things to see and they are all literally a few feet away from each other! Of course the Sherlock Holmes museum is the first stop (and in my opinion the most important). Sherlock Holmes and doctor Watson’s lodgings there are preserved with just the right feel of the time and era that you realise that as soon as you step into the building. But please don’t forget to take a picture with the policeman at the front! You know what I’m talking about!
After touring Holmes and Watson’s rooms, I think that a visit to the museum shop is mandatory! Honestly I’ve never been to a museum shop before and had so much fun! From the people working there that are dressed in Victorian outfits to the treasures inside it, this shop is one of my happy places! From books and DVDs to pipes and stationery, the one thing for sure is that you are never going to feel bored! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories are definitely alive there and you can see and smell and touch them.
Apart from the Sherlock Holmes museum, you can find in the immediate vicinity two shopping diamonds that you most certainly have to visit! As you might know, Abbey Road is only a 30 minute on foot distance from Baker Street, so I think you can guess which is the shop I mean. Dam, dam, dam… it’s the London Beatles Store! For every fan out there, or for anyone who is simply curious, this is a must. Books and music and other memorabilia all come together to satisfy everyone. You are going to love it, I’m telling you!
The other shop I’m talking about is the It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘n’ Roses, all the bands we love from past and present are there! You can even find some Bon Jovi mugs and (OMG!) guitar picks there. Yes, okay they are my favourite, so sue me! Just go inside, you know you want to!
So, if you want to make a day out of it, you can go to Regent’s Park first for a walk, then you can visit my three little loves in Baker Street or go even further ahead to Madame Tussauds and later have a pint at one of the pubs in the area. See? I scheduled your whole day of visiting Baker Street! For tourists and Londoners alike, this is a day out of doors that is simply worth it!
Main image courtesy of © The Sherlock Holmes Museum
221b Baker Street, London, England