Bayswater

Bayswater is a colourful area of London within the City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is near to London's wonderful Hyde Park which boasts a royal palace, a lake and riding stables - not to mention acres of grass and a truly splended collection of established British trees.

The cultural and social mix of Bayswater is demonstrated by the huge variety of restaurants and supermarkets along Queensway.

There are a number of traditional British pubs in Bayswater offering a good selection of beers and delicious "gastropub" dining.

London's very first department store, Whiteleys of Queensway, was established in Bayswater and the iconic period building with its striking facade still exists today as a shopping mall with a superb range of quality shops and boutiques. It also houses The Lounge - an exclusive cinema.

The area boasts stunning architecture - smart townhouses with grand white stucco terraces and charming garden squares where you can while away an hour or two.

Fascinating facts about Bayswater
Passersby could be forgiven for thinking that numbers 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens are normal houses, with facades in the style of the local area. But they are just in fact simple facades constructed to conceal an open section of the London Underground.

In Kensington Gardens, there is a statue of the renowned Peter Pan erected in 1912. It has recently been converted into a 21st century talking statue which can be activated by smartphone. 

Where to visit
Kensington Palace is a must for all visitors. You can view the State apartments, galleries and Palace grounds and get a real insight into royal life. Sections of the Palace continue to be occupied to this day by members of the Royal Family and it is the London home of Prince William and his family.

For those with a passion for art, the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park is nearby - a fabulous place to enjoy modern and contemporary exhibits.

Penicillin was discovered in Paddington and at the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum you can view the actual laboratory where this took place. 

For 21st century brand conscious visitors, the quirky Museum of Brands and Packaging in Notting Hill offers lots of treats!

The Print Room is a contemporary arts space which exists in the building of an old Coronet cinema and hosts lively fringe theatre. Each Sunday the railings along London's Bayswater Road become an outdoor art gallery for over 150 artists who come along early and display their work which is offered for sale. 

If you are visiting London with children or teenagers, then the Queen's Ice and Bowl is a place not to be missed. It houses one of the few ice rinks remaining in the Capital and ten pin bowling alleys.