Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Baker Street Tube Station - London

Baker Street Tube Station

This photo up the Baker Street Tube Sation in London is part of one of the panoramic images found on the Tour of London. There are over 100 images taken from around London linked to an interactive map.

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Baker Street was one of the original stations on the first underground rail system in the world. It was opened in 1863, when the carriages were pulled along by a steam train, which can not have been too comfortable for the passengers. It has grown to be a main junction station on the London underground with access to the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Circle, and Hammersmith & City lines.

Baker Street itself is a very busy shopping area stretching down from Regents Park to Oxford Street, coming out near Marble Arch. The most famous resident of Baker Street is the fictional Sherlock Holmes, whose address was 221b Baker Street. The Sherlock Holmes Museum is, aptly, located in Baker Street just north of the station, though not at this particular address (free entrance with the London Pass).

Baker Street is also well known among tourists as being the nearest tube station to Madam Taussauds, just a short way along Marylebone Road. Thus, in the height of the summer, there is no such thing as rush hour at Baker Street given the volume of tourists pouring through the portals on their way to the nearby attractions and Regents Park.

The London Underground Lost and Found office is located next to the station, whose large, and sometimes weird, collection of misplaced items forma a bizarre diary of the lives of those who use the London public transport museum. Aside from the obligatory hand bag and umbrella, there have also been handed in false eyes, skeletons and outboard motors. One hopes the skeleton was not the result of an overly long delay suffered by a commuter en route to work.

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The full panoramic image showing the top of Baker Street and Madame Tussauds can be found on the London tour by An enlargement of this photo can be found on Flickr.

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