Things to do near Baker Street
Visit the famous sleuth
There’s no resident of Baker Street that’s more famous than Sherlock Holmes. And no greater confusion involving an address…technically, the Sherlock Holmes museum is at no. 238, even if it bears the address of 221B. The actual 221B never existed. Which didn’t stop people from all over the world writing to Sherlock’s address with requests for help. These letters used to be delivered to a nearby bank, which had a dedicated employee to respond to them (usually stating that the detective had retired and was busy beekeeping in Sussex). However, the museum is an interesting place to visit, with Sherlock’s living room reconstructed according to the Conan Doyle’s books. If you’re lucky, you might even meet Watson himself.
Enjoy a moment (or a half hour!) of calm
Regent’s park is a stone’s throw away from Baker Street, and a perfect location for a relaxing walk if the big city bustle is becoming too much. It’s one of London’s eight Royal Parks, and offers something for everyone. Personally, I like to go for a jog around the park, but rose lovers and curious types will have a brilliant time as well. Regent’s park is home to bats, squirrels, foxes, various birds and it’s one of the last places in central London where you can still meet a hedgehog. During the Frieze Art Fair, you can discover various cool sculptures and other artwork throughout the park. When it’s warm, you can visit the lake and rent a pedalo for a romantic outing (or at least a lot of laughs!).
Have an indulgent brunch
Avoid the overpriced and oversubscribed Chiltern Firehouse, and try Jikoni instead. A beautiful brunch spot, it’s bound to woo you with its colourful flavours and attention to detail. How does ‘prawn toast scotch egg with banana ketchup’ sound to you? And that’s just a nibble you could start with before you set out on an exciting foodie adventure. Perhaps some ‘Tamarind Glazed Bacon, Fenugreek Waffles, Fennel Slaw’ next? Book in advance to ensure a table. I really hope this place will remain excellent (and open) for years to come. Are you less adventurous with your food? Orrery should work well for you. Finally, if you’d rather have something a little less extravagant (read: expensive), try the Pickled Hen for gastropub fare or an afternoon tea.