Visitors to Bayswater have plenty of options when seeking means to reach the area, but entry via the Queensway Tube station could be an excellent choice given its close proximity to a range of local attractions.
The Underground stop is situated in the heart of the opulent Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, meaning visitors will have the chance to explore one of the most historic and famous areas of the capital, with plenty to see and do during their stay.
Queens Ice and Bowl
Anyone looking for a break from the norm during a trip to the capital might like to strap on their ice skates and make use of the facilities at Queens Ice and Bowl.
Located at 17 Queensway and open daily, the venue offers more than just skating to patrons though, with over 50,000 sq ft of entertainment to capture the imagination of visitors of all ages and predilections.
A full-scale ice rink is complemented by a 12-lane bowling alley, a fully-stocked karaoke bar for a few drinks and a singalong, as well as arcades, an Italian ice cream parlour and an array of specialty food vendors – making Queens Ice and Bowl a great choice for those keen to relax and have fun in the area.
Individuals with the urge to get back to nature when visiting the borough might also like to consider the many attractions offered by Hyde Park.
One of the capital’s eight royal parks, the park covers approximately 250 acres and is home to a range of fantastic attractions, including the famed Speakers’ Corner, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the impressive Serpentine Lake.
Green spaces can sometimes be hard to come by in the world’s major cities, but Hyde Park presents a perfect opportunity for visitors to London to sit back, relax and enjoy the wonders of nature right in the heart of one of the most built-up and urban capitals on Earth.
A royal residence since the 17th century, Kensington Palace is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Originally known as Nottingham House, the property was purchased by Mary II in 1689 and transformed into a royal abode, with a lavish array of state rooms, function rooms, apartments and landscaped grounds.
Today, the palace is one of the most impressive properties in the whole of the capital and features two fantastic public gardens that visitors can enjoy.
Meanwhile, the address of Kensington Palace Gardens is often cited as among the most exclusive in London and is a half-mile, tree-lined avenue opposite the palace grounds that features some of the most expensive properties to be found anywhere in the world.
Saint Sophia Cathedral
A stunning example of byzantine revival architecture can be found just a short walk from Queensway Tube at the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Perhaps not as impressive as one might expect from the outside, when visitors step into the cathedral they are struck by the bright and airy spaces that unfold around them.
Located on Moscow Road, the building is an important part of the area’s rich heritage, having taken its first liturgy in 1879 and becoming the seat of the Greek government in exile during WW2.
A small museum has now been opened at the cathedral to commemorate its place in the history of Bayswater.
Dating back to 1845, Whiteleys is the oldest shopping mall in London and resides in an impressive grade II-listed property in the heart of Bayswater.
Open daily from 8am until midnight on Mondays to Saturdays and 8.30am until midnight on Sundays, the centre is a draw for shoppers from across the globe and features some of the biggest names in high street fashion, as well as plenty of opportunities for dining and simply taking a break from the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets.
Devastated by fire in 1887, the building was sympathetically restored to its previous splendour, while the building achieved its listed status in 1970 when it was widely recognised as being a shining example of Victorian design.
New West End Synagogue
Another example of breathtaking architecture and design in the heart of the area, the New West End Synagogue can be found at St Petersburgh Place and is one of the oldest buildings of its type in the whole of the UK.
Its lofty ceilings, stunning interior and bright and airy atmosphere make this a fantastic open space in which to contemplate and pray for visitors, with a unique and impressive Torah ark, designed by Nathan Joseph.
Opened in 1879, the synagogue itself was designed by George Audsley and is described by English Heritage as being “the … high-water mark of Anglo-Jewish architecture”.