“ Bayswater is a place in the City of Westminster. It is a built-up district located 3 miles (4.8 km) west north-west of Charing Cross and borders the north of Hyde Park. Bayswater is one of London's most cosmopolitan areas, with the significant diversity of the local population added to by having one of London's biggest concentration of hotels. Notably, there is a significant Arab population, a large number of Americans, a substantial Greek community attracted by London's Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the area is also a centre of London's Brazilian community. „
We booked a hotel in Bayswater called The Westminster. I chose it because I was going to be visiting Hyde Park, Kensington and take in a show at Hammersmith. Bayswater has a good central tube station on the circle line that means all the tourist favourites are within easy reach. On arrival we discovered a busy high street with air full of the smells of a wide variety of cuisine. Egyptian food, Indian, Italian, Mexican and so on. There was a real international feel about the place and a mix of age groups. Trendy clothes shops mixed with bargain shops selling souvenirs. Whiteleys Shopping centre contains a gym and lots of quality high street stores. There was a shop for every budget and interest. rare shops like Aveda have chosen Bayswater together with London regulars like Starbucks. There really is no problem finding a place to eat. Even on a Saturday Evening you can get a seat in a cafe for a large good value meal. There are lots of touts in the streets advertising local hotels but they are polite and unobtrusive. The hotel was situated in one of many Bayswater squares. The impressive buildings are in differing states of repair but I found myself imagining owning one and how luxurious that seemed! If you approach Kensington Gardens from Queensway you can follow a large pathway through the gardens to Kensington. The gardens contain Kensington Palace and the Albert Memorial which is a more impressive site than you may imagine and is opposite the Albert Hall, surprisingly crowded in by tall buildings. From here you can visit the Science Museum, Sloane Street, Harrods, we saw London fashion week's buildings set up while we were staying and tried to star spot outside! Plenty to do in this less touristy area which gives you a true flavour of london culture.
Bayswater is one of my favourite parts of London and is an area I visit every other weekend and travel through everyday on my bus to work. It is very central and easy to reach via buses and tubes. The central line runs through Queensway(the main shopping street) at the Bayswater end of Queensway and Bayswater station is in the middle of Queensway served by the Circle and District lines. Close by is Royal Oak served by the Hammersmith & City line. One of the best things is Whiteleys which is a wonderful shopping centre containing various shops, restaurants, coffee bars as well as a multicomplex cinema. It is a great place to shop without having to ensure large crowds, although Saturdays can be busy. At Bayswater Road is Hyde Park and the other end of Queensway is Westbourne Grove, a delightful road full of all sorts of unusual shops such as Planet Organic for food and Creative Link for clothes. There is also the famous Khans Indian restaurant as well as many other places to eat. It is an expensive area to buy or rent houses and flats but if you live nearby it's certainly worth a visit.
Bayswater is a really pleasant area with many nice (& expensive!) houses. Bayswater Tube station is situated on Queensway. There are 2 tube stations in the same street, Queensway (Central Line) & Bayswater (Circle & District Line) which makes the transport links for the area very good, there are also several buses that run through or near the area 7, 70, 23, 27 etc. Near Queensway tube is Kensington Gardens, a lovely bit of Hyde park, with a children's play area and a pond. Once in the park you can easily walk to the Serpentine gallery or to Kensington High Street. Queensway itself is a road full of shops mainly clothing & shoes, coffee bars & restaurants. It has an ice-rink and a specialist rollerblading/ iceskating shop, Whiteleys shopping centre with a UCI cinema and a small art gallery on the top floor. Whiteleys is a shopping centre with class having good quality, interesting shops. Paddington & Notting Hill Gate aren't far from Bayswater either, they are within easy walking distance (about 10-15 mins walk). This is a really vibrant, pleasant, interesting place to live with lots of things to do and everything is open til late.