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This is the canon location from the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For other uses see 221B Baker Street (disambiguation).
221B Baker Street
221B Baker Street location
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Location London, England
Position Terraced house
Owner Mrs Hudson
Appearances Most stories and adaptations

221B Baker Street is the London home of Sherlock Holmes in the canon stories and in most adaptations. The owner and landlady of the house is Mrs Hudson.

221B Baker Street first appeared in A Study in Scarlet when Holmes and Watson rented it from the landlady, Mrs Hudson.

Watson moved away after his marriage to Mary Morstan following the events of The Sign of the Four. Watson had said that the monthly rent Holmes pays was almost equal to the full value of the house. 221B Baker Street was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, being an entirely fictional address at that time. In the United Kingdom, postal addresses with a number followed by a letter may indicate a separate address within a larger, often residential building. Baker Street in Holmes' time was a high-class residential district, and Holmes' apartment was probably part of a Georgian terrace.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Intentions Edit

"We met next day as he had arranged, and inspected the rooms at No. 221B, Baker Street, of which he had spoken at our meeting. They consisted of a couple of comfortable bed-rooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows."
Dr Watson [src]

When the Sherlock Holmes stories were first published, street numbers in Baker Street only went up to 100, which was presumably why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chose a higher street number for the location of his hero, to prevent any person's actual residence from being affected by the stories' popularity.

The section north of Marylebone Road near Regent's Park – now including 221 Baker Street – was known in Conan Doyle's lifetime as Upper Baker Street. In his first manuscript, Conan Doyle put Holmes house in "Upper Baker Street", indicating that if he had a house in mind, it would have been there. However, a British crime novelist named Nigel Morland claimed that, late in Conan Doyle's life, he identified the intersection of Baker Street and George Street, about 500 metres south of Marylebone Road, as the location of 221B.

Description Edit

Room Description
The Sitting Room

There is a beautiful sitting room, complete with fireplace and mantelpiece with several objects on it, including a Persian slipper, in which he puts his tobacco. In the room is also a table where he keeps his famous deerstalker, and 2 chairs where he and Watson sit. There is a desk where Holmes writes, and beside it a doorway that leads to his bedroom.

This is also the Reception for Sherlock Holmes' Clients.

He also practices shooting with his Rifle is this room and it is decorated with a V.R. made of bullet shots.

The Dining Room

There is a dining room, with a brown table, and two chairs, pictures on the walls.

Holmes' Bedroom Holmes has a bedroom with green walls, a medium-sized bed, a bedside table, and a dressing table and storage cabinet.
Watson's Bedroom This is Watson's room. It is kept well organised, a relict of his days in the military.

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