For those staying at central London hotels close to Bayswater will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do and see.
Here is our guide to just some of the best attractions this London area has to offer visitors.
Head to Hyde Park
This large green space is one of the cherished gems of the capital and offers a great break from the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets.
Covering around 350 acres, Hyde Park has many attractions within its grounds that are perfect to explore on a warm summer day. However, even if you visit during the colder winter months, there is still plenty to please those entering the park.
One of the main highlights is the Serpentine Lake, which is also the focus point. As well as a café, there is also a chance to hire a boat and take to the water. There is also an outdoor swimming club that allows members to take a morning dip in the lake.
Close to the lake is the Diana Memorial Playground. Inspired by the story of Peter Pan, the playground features a large wooden pirate ship, as well as several sensory areas for children to enjoy and explore. It is also possible to take a wander around the nearby Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, which was built in her honour following her death.
During colder months and the festive period, Hyde Park becomes the venue for London’s famous Winter Wonderland. This special event starts in November and brings with it an outdoor ice rink, mulled wine, fairground and Christmas-themed shows. Visitors also enjoy the traditional Christmas market, which has a range of various gifts on sale.
Bowling in Bayswater
If you fancy a bit of family or group fun then head to one of the region’s popular ten-pin bowling alleys. The first choice is the All Star Lanes Bayswater, which boasts six lanes and has a distinct American feel. Most visitors combine a bowl with a meal in the restaurant, with the menu featuring the traditional burgers, fries and milkshakes. However, it is very popular, so is worth booking in advance, especially on weekends.
Continuing the active theme, Climbing Westway is a popular indoor venue, that allows children and adults to experience some rock climbing. There are special sessions aimed at young visitors and there is the usual safety equipment in place to prevent any injuries.
Discover Madame Tussauds London
London’s waxwork museum has proved a big hit over the years and its owners are constantly updating and revising the displays so it appeals to all visitors.
Many enjoy taking selfies with the wax statues on display, which range from famous politicians to the latest pop stars. There remains the infamous chamber of horrors, which features some of the less savoury characters from history – if you do have young children then this is worth avoiding as it could cause some upset.
Explore fabulous museums
One advantage of Bayswater is that it is close to some of the best museums in the country. Three leading institutions can be found just to the South of Hyde Park on Exhibition Road – the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
All three have free entry to their main collections and could take several days to explore everything they have to offer. Each museum also runs special exhibitions throughout the year on a whole host of topics, so there is always something new for return visitors to enjoy.
Get some retail therapy
Bayswater is home to the famous Whiteleys department store. This historic location is now home to some of the world’s most famous brands including Zara, Gap and Marks and Spencer.
Once you have shopped until you are ready to drop, then head to the numerous cafes and restaurants in the area, including Pizza Express and Starbucks.
Whiteleys also has a great entertainment complex, with a five-screen cinema and a bowling alley.
How to get to Bayswater
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 through the Queensway station which is on the Central Line.