One of London’s popular areas to visit is Bayswater because of its upmarket and prestigious reputation.
Bayswater is located in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington Chelsea and there is plenty to do for anyone visiting the area.
Bayswater London Underground station is on the Circle and District lines, between Notting Hill Gate and Paddington stations and is in Travelcard Zone 1. The station dates back to 1868 and
Address: 89 Queensway, Bayswater, London, W2 4QH
Fun and games in Bayswater
There are plenty of places in Bayswater to relax and enjoy yourself. If you are feeling lucky then head to the Golden Horseshoe Casino which is located at 79-81 Queensway. The casino hosts the usual card games, including poker as well as lots of other casino games.
For those who prefer something more energetic then a trip to the All Star Lanes at 6 Porchester street may be a good option.
The bowling alley has a retro-American theme and manages to mix skittles and bowling balls with a rather fun restaurant and bar. The menu has a great choice of American favourites, including milkshakes and fries. One of the highlights is definitely the Slow Cooked Texas Beef Chilli.
There is also an impressive cocktail list that makes the bowling alley very popular for an adult night out, however, it is also a great family attraction during the day.
Bayswater is also the location for London’s only permanent ice rink that is open seven days a week. Queen’s Ice Rink is great for beginners who fancy a go, as well as more experienced skaters. It is easy to hire skates and there is the chance to take lessons with experts to perfect those moves. Off-peak skating sessions are priced per child and adult, with peak skating tickets following similar methods.
The rink also has a kids ice hockey team, as well as a bar and restaurant serving various food and drinks.
Indulge in some culture
Bayswater also boasts some great opportunities to indulge in a bit of culture and discover all about London’s thriving arts scene.
The LUMAS Galleries are located all over the world, from New York to Moscow, and there is one in Bayswater on Westbourne Grove. Perfect for those who enjoy collecting art, as well as those who just want to take some time out in the gallery. There is a wide variety of pieces on display, including work from both established and up-and-coming talent.
LUMAS also has a number of temporary exhibitions, which ensure visitors are able to constantly see something new on the gallery walls.
Head to Notting Hill
Made famous by its carnival and role in the movie starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, Notting Hill is a short walk from Bayswater and is a fab place to explore.
The area is also home to the famous Portobello Market, which is named after the nearby Portobello Road.
The main market takes places on Fridays and Saturdays, while a smaller market offering fruit and vegetables is open during the weekdays. Over the years, the market has substantially grown in size and can get very busy, so it is worth trying to get there early to avoid the crowds – especially during a sunny summer day.
Notting Hill is also home to a number of good restaurants and bars, as well as the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. There are more than 10,000 items on display to the public and the museum focuses on telling the history of some of the world’s most famous brand names and logos.
Explore nearby Kensington
One of the benefits of Bayswater is that it is only a short walk from Kensington – one of London’s most desirable areas. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, there is Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens to explore.
If you fancy a spot of education while visiting, then you can head to Exhibition Road, which is home to a number of top London museums, including the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Plus with free entry, it is easy to visit them a number of times during your stay in the capital.
The world-famous Royal Albert Hall is also very close – with a real mix of concerts and performances, there is bound to be something that appeals.
For those who prefer retail therapy then shopping in Bayswater is ideal and offers a great alternative to the busier areas of Oxford Street and Regent Street.
Highlights include Artisan du Chocolat where there is a whole host luxury chocolates to sample, including salted caramels and dark chocolate bars – make sure you taste the drinking chocolate which is delightful.
If you are looking for that perfect outfit, then Bexy Lady is a fabulous and fun boutique that is worth a visit. It stocks lots of top designer names and the staff are renowned for being helpful.
You should also check out Dolci Follie, which sells luxury lingerie and swimwear, and offer something different from the usual high-street brands.
For something a little bit more retro then head to Victory Vintage, which has a great choice of shoes, accessories, clothing and other items – it is definitely quirky and unique.
Of course, there are the usual brands on offer, with branches of Dune, EE, Boots, Ernest Jones, French Connection and H&M to be found in Bayswater
Bayswater is also very close to Hyde Park and is definitely worth visiting to get some fresh air – it really is an oasis in the middle of the capital.
Throughout the year, the park has plenty of events ranging from the Winter Wonderland Christmas market and theme park to regular runs and even a triathlon.
Even if you don’t plan to attend an event, there is lots to do including seeking out the many landmarks in the park, such as the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the Speakers’ Corner, which has seen passionate speeches from famous figure such as George Orwell and Karl Marx take to the site to deliver their public speaking.
There is also the world famous Serpentine lake, where you can hire a boat or even take a swim. If you prefer to stay dry, then the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen is perfect if you just want to watch others on the water.
If you happen to be planning a short break to Bayswater, the Park Grand London Paddington is the perfect place to stay.