About the Area
Home to many of London's most famous celebrities and historical figures, Bayswater has maintained its reputation as one of the most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods over the centuries. Frequented by the likes of Tony Blair, Stella McCartney and Jennifer Saunders, it was also once home to Winston Churchill. However, the list of famous tenants is not the only thing that makes this area exceptional. It is a beautiful combination of fine Victorian stucco terraces, perfectly manicured garden squares and unique interwar apartment blocks that have maintained their unmistakable style. Populated by a diverse community of English, Arab, Greek and American communities, it is also home to the city's biggest Brazilian population. Very expensive and very exclusive, Bayswater is imbued with a fascinating combination of history and subdued elegance.
Places of Interest
There is no shortage of things to do in the Bayswater area. Whether you are looking for a rich taste of London's history or to spend some time scouring the world famous antique market, your time is Bayswater is guaranteed to be memorable. Perhaps the most famous stop is speakers corner at Hyde Park. An amazing example of the British dedication to free speech, people have been gathering at the corner of Park Lane and Cumberland Gate for centuries to 'spout off' about absolutely anything they desire. Politics, food, humour, and eccentricity - nothing is off limits and it can be one of the most absorbing ways to spend time in the city. If you tire of the endless barking and 'soap box' philosophizing, you may be interested in the world famous Marble Arch. Once reserved exclusively for royalty, this fascinating piece of architecture was moved from Buckingham Palace to become the entrance to the park.
If you are yearning to spend a little of your hard earned money, you'll be delighted to be steps away from some of the city's most unique shopping. Built in 1867, Whiteleys is London's very first Department Store. Not only is the history of this building extremely colourful, but it also contains some of the best shopping in the area, a bowling alley, a theatre and even a television studio. Those who appreciate less mainstream shopping will be delighted by nearby Portobello Road. This weekly market is packed both with locals and tourists but also with a dizzying assortment of antiques, fashion and fresh local produce.
There is no shortage of restaurants, bistros, cafes and pubs for the food and drink lovers in the area. Both Queensway and Westbourne Grove are not only busy main streets filled with shops and services, but they offer an amazing array of ethnic foods from Chinese to Lebanese making it a destination for those bored of traditional British cuisine.
Although certainly accessible by train or car, the tube is by far the easiest way to make your way in and out of Bayswater. After arriving at the Bayswater and Queensway Station, all you need do is turn left and walk for approximately three minutes and you'll find yourself in the centre of the action. If you have your heart set on bus transport, there are a total of 7 buses (7,12,23,27,36,70,98) that stop at Queensway or close by.