Baker Street

Baker Street is another of the stations that opened as part of the Metropolitan Railway on 10th January 1863. Today it is served by five tube lines which give the station a mix of historical styles – some more authentic than others.

The Wikipedia entry for the station states the ‘station layout is rather complex’ – having changed here heading to England matches at Wembley before with thousands of fans milling around the place. I won’t disagree with that. There are some nice historical touches scattered around it mind you,  especially on the oldest platforms(Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines), details of which are included in the gallery.

The Pub: The Volunteer, 245-247 Baker Street, NW1 6XE

Baker Street is another predominantly tourist area, with Maddam Tussards very close by, as well as unsurprisingly the Sherlock Holmes museum. The two chain pubs by the station have never appealed to me but can be rammed ahead of England football matches as fans often drink by Baker Street before jumping on the Metropolitan line to Wembley.

Our pub lays on Baker Street itself, just past the Sherlock Holmes Museum. This is very much a modern, vibrant location firmly on the ‘gastro’ end of the pub spectrum. It is furnished with the kind of lights you would have expected to buy at Habitat until it went bust and has a selection of modern art for sale on the walls. The staff said they think the pub building dates back to the 1830s but they weren’t 100% sure.

The place itself was very busy given it was Friday night but we managed to find a seat. The food looked pretty impressive, especially a chocolate brownie ordered by the table next to us. The ale selection was more varied than the usual suspects, with beers like Ossian and Redemption Dusk, the latter of which I tried.

In what I had previously thought was a rather barren area for decent pubs, The Volunteer definitely deserves a visit.

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