Anyone visiting London should consider heading to the Bayswater area of the capital.
It is located in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – one of the most expensive areas in London, with quite staggering property prices for even the smallest of flats.
What is there to do?
There are plenty of attractions in the area – ranging from retail shopping and art galleries to the more unusual pastimes such as ten-pin bowling or casino gambling.
Art fans should head to the local LUMAS Gallery on Westbourne Grove. The gallery is part of the world famous LUMAS chain, with other venues in New York and Moscow. Work from established artists as well as up-and-coming names can be found and purchased at the gallery.
Those looking for a more sporting activity may want to head to the All Star Lanes at 6 Porchester Gardens. The American-styled bowling alley also has a great diner, serving lots of classic US dishes as well as cocktails.
In the evening, the bowling alley often has live DJs and club music to provide a great atmosphere for those attempting to get a strike.
Anyone believing luck is on their side may want to discover the Golden Horseshoe Casino, which can be found at 79-81 Queensway. All the standard casino games are on offer, and there are also special classes to help you learn exactly how to play poker, so it may be worth improving your skills before going all in.
There are lots of events throughout the year ranging from the festive Winter Wonderland experience to annual outdoor concerts featuring the biggest names in rock, pop and classical music.
Of course, if music is your ‘thing’ that consider visiting the nearby Royal Albert Hall, which is just a short walk from Bayswater. As well as day time tours of the world famous venue, there are also regular performances of all kinds – with something bound to appeal.
If you are looking to combine education with fun, then continuing on to Exhibition Road will reveal three of the top museums in London – the V&A, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
All three do not charge for general entry and have more than enough events and exhibits to keep families amused for more than a day trip.
Enjoy a spot of shopping
In terms of shopping, Bayswater has plenty to offer all budgets, with a real mix of high-street brands and luxury boutiques.
It has a more relaxed vibe that other shopping areas of the capital and there is perfect for those who have time to just explore and discover.
One of the highlights is Artisan du Chocolat is on Westbourne Grove – this place is full of delights with those for a sweet tooth ranging from salted caramels to dark chocolate bars.
For those who want love vintage, then Victory Vintage is a must. This unique shop can be found on the first floor of Bayswater’s Whiteley’s Shopping Centre. It was created by former Junior Apprentice star Zoe Plummer and her sister Rebecca and is filled with a real mix of vintage men’s and ladies’ clothing from the 1940s, 50s and 60, as well as accessories.
While the high street in Bayswater offers a mix of national chains, including Dune, EE, Boots, Ernest Jones, French Connection and H&M.
One of the great advantages of Bayswater is that it is very close to Hyde Park – one of the world’s most famous inner-city green spaces.
Where to eat?
After all that exploring it is bound to be time to grab something to eat and Bayswater has plenty of places that will fit the bill.
There is a wide choice of cuisine to fit most tastes. For those who like Japanese food then try Yashin Sushi. The chefs here are good and know everything there is to know about sushi and they serve some great dishes – ranging from the traditional to the experimental.
For something more classical British, then try Clarke’s which is just down the road from Notting Hill Gate. The inside is tasteful, but not fussy and a similar approach is taken with the menu. Diners can chose from items like an Angus sirloin served with hand-cut chips.
How to get there
The best way to get to Bayswater is via the area’s London Underground station. Bayswater tube is on the Circle and District Lines and is between Notting Hill Gate and Paddington station. You will need a travel card or Oyster card that covers Zone 1.
Another approach is the Queensway station which is on the Central Line.