Lying between Paddington to the east and Notting Hill to the west and just two-and-a-half miles from the very heart of the city, you’ll find the Central London area known as Bayswater. Filled with four-to-five-storey-tall white stucco buildings, many of which date from the Georgian era of the 18th and 19th Centuries, it’s is a handsome district, to say the least.
Primarily a residential neighbourhood, it’s one of London’s most a sought after areas in which to live and yet also a popular place with many travellers to make the base during their stay – whether they’re in the city for work or leisure (or both). That means it’s both safe and friendly and offers a fair number of attractions, among them boutiques, cafés, coffee shops and an ethnically diverse collection of restaurants, which reflect the area’s multi-cultural make-up.
As noted, to eat out in Bayswater is an opportunity to take in its modern cosmopolitan vibe. The taste on offer covers the gamut – exotic, bold and always lip-smackingly delicious! Westbourne Grove is particularly noted for its eating-out options; everything from the Indian cuisine of Khan’s Restaurant to the Persian dishes at Alounak and Sadaf. Elsewhere, you’ll come across restaurants and eateries serving Moroccan, Greek and Chinese food while the likes of King and No. 65 are revered as fashionable brunch-serving establishments; especially at the weekends – great if you don’t mind queues! Alternatively, you may choose to dine in whichever of the Bayswater London hotels you choose to stay in, of course; especially if you’re busy sightseeing or with meetings in the city.
The aforementioned Westbourne Grove combines with Moscow Road to create Bayswater’s primary nightspot area. Indeed, the district presents a great opportunity to sample traditional British pub culture, with excellent old-fashioned ‘watering holes’ in the shape of The Leinster Arms, The Prince Edward and Bayswater Arms, while Old Mary’s is an absolutely cracking cocktail bar; indeed, it’s perfect to unwind in late one night if you’re staying in one of the nearby hotels West London.
Of course, you may well fancy the idea of coming to London on a short-break for some retail therapy due to all the world-famous shopping options available. And in Bayswater, you’re fantastically served by Whiteleys shopping mall. It’s crammed full of international high-street names and brand outlets, as well as comprising a multiplex cinema, ten-pin bowling alleys and WiFi-enabled coffee shops. For quieter, more boutique-based options, though, you might try the elegance of Queensway Street.
Maybe the biggest (combined) attraction that’s right on your doorstep should you choose to stay in Bayswater is the glorious greenery and relaxation of the adjoined Royal Parks that are Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. On its own, the former is the largest of Central London’s parks, brimming with luscious natural beauty and a plethora of varied flora and fauna, while the latter is ideal for families, offering up not just the wildfowl of the Round Pond, but also the famous Peter Pan statue and the excellent Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
Moreover, Kensington Gardens is also home to both the modern art-showcase that’s the Serpentine Galleries and the stately history on display at Kensington Palace – or, for something completely different, hop along to St. Mary’s Hospital in Praed Street and discover how, right there, the antibiotic penicillin was created and developed at the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum. Informative and eye-opening!