One of the positive attributes that London holds in its favour is that each area brings with it its own sense of character, its own sense of identity, and therefore boundless possibilities for exploration. Whether you’re looking for a great food, great shopping, historical richness or a thumping nightlife, you’ll never be short of choice in the UK capital. One area which brings together all elements which make London so special is the area of Bayswater in West London. Alongside its beautiful Hyde Park Hotels, the area is home to beautiful Victorian architecture, stucco terraces and some of the best shopping opportunities in the capital. Here is all you need to know about Bayswater.
What you need to know
Based in the Kensington borough of London, the area is a diverse and densely populated area of London. With large communities of French, Greek and Arab locals, Bayswater is also home to the largest Brazilian community in the city. To add to its layered complexity and culturally rich heritage, the area is home to Victorian terrace houses and purpose built apartments. The busiest high streets in the area are Queensway and Westbourne Grove where there is a large amount of restaurants, shops both high street and independent.
Notable people from Bayswater
Bayswater has played host to many famous residents. These include ex-prime minister Tony Blair, Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame as well as Winston Churchill and Rik Mayall. This means that Bayswater is home to many blue plaques for both recent and historical residents of the area.
Attractions in Bayswater
Aside from shopping and eating, there is plenty to do to keep guests staying in Hyde Park Accommodation entertained. This includes the beautiful Kensington Gardens, which are located just south of the area. Kensington Gardens is located next to Hyde Park, just to the parks west side. The park was separated from the original Hyde Park when it was bequeathed too Queen Caroline in 1728 and includes a round pond and sunken gardens designed in the Dutch style of the time.
Other notable features include the St Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Originally known as the Church of the Holy Wisdom when it was consecrated in 1882, this church is still home to the Greek Polyphonic choir as well as a Byzantine music service making it a brilliant way for tourists to learn about Greek Orthodox culture.
Shopping and eating in Bayswater
Bayswater is home to an extensive range of shopping opportunities. These include the mile long Portobello Market, one of the most popular markets in London which sells everything from antique furniture to vintage clothes to delicious street food. Often teeming with life on weekends, this is one of the coolest and most diverse markets in London. On top of this, the historic Whiteley’s shopping centre opened in 1911, making it London’s first department store. Today visitors can find a selection of brilliant high street fashion and consumer goods stores as well as restaurants and a cinema. For food, the diverse locale of Bayswater means that there are an extensive range of international cuisines all across the area, most notable on the high streets of Queensway and Westbourne Grove.