Bayswater in the City of Westminster is one of London’s most attractive and entertaining boroughs, with a host of excellent attractions to keep visitors entertained.
Guests staying at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel might like to consider some of the fantastic opportunities for exploration that can be found nearby, with some top-notch sights to see and activities to enjoy that will surely suit all tastes.
From history and culture to the latest modern attractions, there really is something for everyone in Bayswater and the surrounding area. Some of the best picks for individuals hoping to see as much of the area during their stay as possible include:
Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
Address: St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY
Famed for making one of the most important medical discoveries of the 20th century, Alexander Fleming was an inspirational figure and the museum at St Mary’s Hospital offers real insight into his life and work.
Having discovered the world’s first antibiotic – penicillin – in 1928, Fleming went on to excel in the field of medicine and made a huge contribution towards the health and wellbeing of millions of people. Now, the museum offers a faithful reconstruction of his laboratory and tells the remarkable tale of how a chance discovery would go on to revolutionise the way previously untreatable infections would become less deadly.
The Magic Hour
Address: Grand Royale London Hyde Park, 1-9 Inverness Terrace, London W2 3JP
Anyone staying at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park does not need to go far to find some of the best attractions of the local area. Indeed, on this occasion they needn’t even leave the hotel.
The Magic Hour is an opportunity for lovers of magic to enjoy a show of exemplary sleight of hand and audience interaction, as an acclaimed magician revives some Victorian parlour favourites right in front of their very eyes.
Lasting approximately one hour and 40 minutes, the show takes place in the hotel’s stylish Victorian lounge area and is a perfect way to unwind after a hard day’s sightseeing and exploring in the local area.
Address: Cleveland Square, London W2 6DH
Originally laid out in 1855, Cleveland Square is one of the area’s oldest public outdoor spaces and began life as part of the acclaimed Paddington estate, before coming into public ownership for all to enjoy.
Offering several play areas, private seating areas and a perfect place to enjoy a calm moment or two away from the busy streets of the English capital, the square is a great destination for anyone with a hankering for greenery in the area and also offers some fabulous architecture to sweeten the deal.
St Sophia’s Cathedral
Address: Moscow Road, London W2 4LQ
An ornate and impressive Greek Orthodox church in the heart of Bayswater, St Sophia’s Cathedral may seem a little understated from the outside, but when visitors step foot into the building, their senses will be assaulted by vibrant colour and design.
Originally constructed in the late 19th century as a focal point for the local ex-pat Greek community, the cathedral has since gone on to become an important part of the local community for all. It even served as the home of the Greek government in exile during the dark days of the Second World War.
Portobello Road Market
Address: Portobello Road, London W10 5TA
With everything from global fashion to the best in London street food and much, much more, Portobello Road Market is a must-visit attraction for anyone in the Bayswater area.
Visitors can pick up a perfect memento of their time in London when planning a trip here, while soaking up that traditional street market ambience, which is a great way to really immerse oneself in the London experience.
All the stallholders are friendly and welcoming, with all manner of wares available for visitors to pick up and peruse.
Whiteley’s Department Store
Address: Queensway, London W2 4YN
The oldest independent department store in the UK, Whiteleys offers the chance for visitors to enjoy a range of excellent retail options in the heart of the Bayswater area.
Located in one of the borough’s most impressive, grade I-listed buildings, the store is open every day of the week and offers the chance for guests to examine the wares of some of the biggest names in fashion, home furnishing, jewellery and designer goods.
There are also several high street names and plenty of areas to sit back, relax and grab a coffee or light bite to eat.
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
Address: Hyde Park, Broad Walk, London
Created following the tragic passing away of Princess Diana in 1998, the memorial playground opened in 2000 and today welcomes more than one million visitors every year.
Open throughout the year, the playground has been designed specifically not just for able-bodied children to enjoy, but it includes areas where children of all physical abilities can play together and have fun.
Inspired by the story of Peter Pan and the princess’ work with children’s charities around the world, the park is open for youngsters up to the age of 12, while there is also plenty of seating for grown-ups too.