The name Baker Street comes from the builder / developer who essentially built the street in the 18th century, one William Baker. He built the road and the houses to cater for the higher end of the market with large town houses affording enough space for the family as well as live-in staff. Initially, in 1835, the wax museum of Madame Tussauds was opened on Baker Street itself before moving a few hundred meters on to Marylebone a few years later. Nowadays Baker Street is famous for the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived on the north side of the street at 221B Baker Street, supposedly! This long stretch of road is also a great place for shopping and for eating out. Both sides of the streets are filled with high end boutiques, homewares shops and restaurants.