London really has so much to offer tourists within its many boroughs, from architectural points of importance to historical sites and cultural experiences. One particular area within the capital which really brings London’s character to life is Bayswater. Located in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is a very upmarket, classy place to visit and should you be planning a trip, here are some of the greatest things about Bayswater.
Entertainment in Bayswater
From fun bowling alleys, casinos and galleries, if you fancy doing something a little different and off the beaten track, then Bayswater is the place to be.
Head over to All Star Lanes at 6 Porchester Gardens to see how many strikes you can score in this really trendy and fun bowling alley. Styled with a retro-American theme, those who think that bowling alleys are only for children must think again as All Star Lanes is actually a sort of hybrid between a restaurant and bar also. The food menu is unreal and filled to the brim with American favourites – the Slow Cooked Texas Beef Chili is out of this world and the Sweet Potato Fries are to die for. To quench your thirst, the cocktail menu is not only rather large but it is also very impressive and very reasonable.
The LUMAS Galleries are located all over the world, from New York to Moscow, and here in Bayswater on Westbourne Grove, you will find one of the globally cherished establishments. Whether or not you are an avid art collector or just want to see some breathtaking work, there is a fantastic variety of work on display featuring both established and some up-and-coming talent. There are also a number of temporary exhibitions that take place at LUMAS which are always worth stepping inside and experiencing.
Place your bets at the Golden Horseshoe Casino which is located at 79-81 Queensway. The casino is known for its extraordinary games of poker and if you haven’t played before, then why not join for a learn-to-play session?
Attractions near Bayswater
One of the greatest parts about staying at one of the wonderful hotels near Bayswater is the fact that you are only a stones throw away from some of the best loved parts of London, including Notting Hill.
Famed for its wonderful market and carnival, Notting Hill is one of the most desired locations in London and after spending an afternoon there, it will be easy to see why. The Portobello Market (named this as it runs across Portobello Road) is internationally famous, not only for its appearances in the aptly named Notting Hill film featuring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, but also because of the wonderful treasures you can find there. The main market takes places on Fridays and Saturdays, while a smaller market offering fruit and vegetables is open during the weekdays.
Notting Hill is also home to one of the more unique, yet extremely fascinating museums in London, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. With over 12,000 items on show, it is very hard not to marvel at how much some of the most famous brands have evolved, from Cadbury’s to Oxo and even Rimmel makeup. If it’s nostalgia you are after, then this is the museum for you!
Kensington is a mere 20 minute walk away from the heart of Bayswater and is one of the more regal areas of London to visit. Here you can explore Kensington Gardens and try your best to spot the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a tour of Kensington Palace.
If you fancy catching a world-class show, then why not see what is playing at the Royal Albert Hall which is again only a short walk from Bayswater. There are also plenty of tours on offer during the day if you want to get a glimpse of the world’s most famous stage. Just a little further down from the Royal Albert Hall you will find some of the capital’s most famous museums, from the V&A to the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
From high street brands to small, individual boutiques, shopping in Bayswater is perfect if you don’t want to face the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. It is also wonderful as there are a number of Arabic and European markets available for you to try some exotic foods and products should you wish to.
For some delicious treats head to Artisan du Chocolat where you will find some of the most delectable luxury chocolates you will ever try. From salted caramels to dark chocolate bars, and let’s not forget the drinking chocolate, your mouth will be watering from the moment you step inside.
Bexy Lady is a fabulous and rather fun boutique offering the best in small yet celebrated names and brands. The staff here are wonderful and are happy to help you find a new outfit or create a brand new look – especially if you are hoping to find something a little bit different. Another great boutique to head to is Dolci Follie, which sells luxury lingerie and swimwear, including a range of well known brands as well as smaller, exclusive names from all over the world.
Get your vintage fix at Victory Vintage, which has a plethora of shoes, accessories, clothing and other items, some of which date back to the Victorian era! The shop is fast becoming one of the most popular within the capital and is the place to be if you fancy buying something a little quirky and unique
When it comes to high street names Bayswater offers Dune, EE, Boots, Ernest Jones, French Connection and H&M to name but a few.
Bayswater is located very close to Hyde Park, in fact you can walk to it in around 20 minutes. Hyde Park is one of the most famous and largest within London and during the festive season is home to the world famous Winter Wonderland.
Throughout the rest of the year, it is a beautiful spot to head to for a scenic wander, with landmarks including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the Speakers’ Corner, which has seen figures including George Orwell and Karl Marx take to the site to deliver their public speaking.
Head down to the Serpentine lake for a spot of boating, or watch from the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen if you don’t fancy getting too close to the water.
There are a number of events which take place at Hyde Park throughout the year and it is always worth checking online before you go to see what is happening!
If you happen to be planning a short break to Bayswater, the Park Grand London Paddington is the perfect place to stay.