Bayswater is one of London’s most architecturally traditional areas with culturally diverse residents in the area, including Arabic, American and Greek communities with pillared Georgian terraces and shared garden squares. Due to its cultural and social mix, a wide range of restaurants and food stores can be found along Queensway, which gives the area some extraordinary contrasts. Bayswater is historically famous for Whiteleys, London’s first department store, which congregated the Americans as this was the closest think London had to a US-style mall before Westfield opened. It was also famous for the amount of hotels in the area, with now most are being converted into residential blocks. Bayswater is an area where residents tend to reside due to advantage of the great schools in the area, easy commute to Central London, close proximity to Hyde Park and many local shops and restaurants.
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in close proximity to Bayswater. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, both perfect for a run, cycle, horse-ride or a simple stroll across its paths. In Hyde Park you will also find the world famous Serpentine Lake and Gallery, perfect for boating. You will also find wind-range of events occurring at the park, from summer concerts to the yearly winter wonderland.
Shopping and Entertainment
With such a diverse population, Bayswater offers a fantastic selection of international dining as well as traditional English pubs. Head for Cypriot Aphrodite Taverna or the local popular Greek restaurant, Halepi which is a favourite of Richard Branson. Curry lovers can head down to Masala Zone on Bishops Bridge Road or Khans on Westbourne Grove.
Shopping in Bayswater in dominated by the Whiteleys Shopping Centre, London’s first department store consists of many high street brands such as M&S, food outlets, an Odeon Cinema and its own All Star Lanes bowling alley. Connaught Village on Connaught Street is more upmarket where you will find luxury boutiques and exclusive dining.