Looking for a W postcode location that’s a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park and within easy access to the world-famous attractions of the West End? If the answer is a resounding ‘yes’, then Bayswater might just be the London area for you.
There’s also the bonus of lower rental prices than in neighbouring Hyde Park, Paddington, Portobello Road, and prime central London – only slightly, mind. Throw in an eclectic mix of restaurants and beautiful white stucco period properties, and you have one of the best places to live in the capital.
On a map
Bayswater is in the City of Westminster and is in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It’s located 2.5 miles north-west of Charing Cross.
The land at Bayswater was owned by the Abbey of Westminster when the Doomsday book was compiled and initially went by the name of Banyard’s Watering, after Bainiardus, who was most likely a Norman associate of William the Conqueror.
It’s understood that the name Banyard’s Watering was due to the area’s excellent reputation as a spring well, where it is likely to have supplied water to Banyard in some fashion. After six centuries of association with the name ‘Banyard’, the area took on the name, Bayswater.
Renting in Bayswater
Most of the buildings in Bayswater are Victorian stucco period properties, often converted into apartments. The exterior of these properties affords a scenic look to the W2 postcode, especially for the properties on Bayswater Road, which overlook Hyde Park.
There is also a selection of mews houses and new residential buildings which have recently been constructed. These range from all-glass fronted apartments to art deco-inspired buildings just off Queensway high street.
Bayswater rental prices aren’t exactly what you would call a bargain, with properties costing around £3,500 per month. However, if you’re interested in a central London location, homes here are around £3,000 less per month than W1 properties just down the road.
What’s it like to live in Bayswater
One of Bayswaters biggest draws is how it acts as a microcosm of London, reflecting the diversity through a melting pot of different nationalities and ethnicities. The area has the largest Brazilian community in London, while there is also a high Arab, Greek, English, French and Chinese presence in W2.
The strong cultural influences in the area create a truly cosmopolitan feel, with a broad range of restaurants serving different cuisines, usually for a price much cheaper than high-end speciality eateries, yet with food that is just as good.
A Zone 1 location affords plenty of opportunities to travel around London with ease – and Bayswater is no different. There are three tube stations, all within walking distance of each other: Bayswater, on the Circle and District line, Queensway, on the Central line, and Lancaster Gate, also on the Central Line.
The tube options afford commuters direct access to major stations such as Oxford Circus, Liverpool Street, Bank, St. Paul’s, King’s Cross, and many more. There is also a good local bus network, with the 94 heading into central London on a regular basis, while the number 70 goes to nearby West-London area Chiswick.
Restaurants in Bayswater
If enjoying copious amounts of meat sounds appealing, Preto, a Brazilian restaurant in Queensway, is going to raise your excitement levels. The process is simple: you receive a card with ‘yes’ written one side and ‘no’ on the other. The waiters and waitresses then proceed to bring you several cuttings of just about every meat that you can think of until you’re full to the brim. Then you flip the card over to say you’ve had enough… at least until it’s time for a traditional Brazilian dessert.
Address: 117 Queensway, London W2 4SJ
Phone: 020 7243 6446
With a Tripadvisor certificate of excellent, it’s hard to beat the authentic Italian experience – especially when it comes to freshly cooked pizzas. With bread baked at the restaurant daily and cooked in a stone-baked oven, this is about as close to real Italy as it gets.
Address: 94 Bishop’s Bridge Rd, Bayswater, London W2 5AA
Phone: 020 7229 3536
If you’re looking for high-quality British cooking, a trip to Hereford Road on, yup, that’s right, Hereford Road should be high up on your culinary list. Formerly a butcher’s shop, the site was transformed into a restaurant by Tom Pemberton, former Head Chef of St. John Bread and Wine. The staff are friendly, and the menu changes daily.
3 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB Phone: 020 7727 1144
Pearl Liang creates a relaxing and tranquil vibe with its bamboo and water features – and the food is pretty damn good too. Enjoy an Oriental dining experience with delicious Chinese food and an extensive cocktail menu. You can even hire the restaurant for a private dining event.
Address: 8 Sheldon Square, London W2 6EZ
Phone: 020 7289 7000
The interiors and vibe at 65 & King create a setting for fancy dinners, laid-back lunches, brunch time fun and sophisticated cocktails. The menu features light bites such as baguettes and pulled pork sandwiches, while there is also steak, chicken and lobster dishes. Not to mention wine and cocktail options from the bar.
Address: 65 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UJ
Phone: 020 7229 2233
Things to do in Bayswater
It’s not too shabby having one of the eight Royal Parks and most famous green spaces in the world practically on your doorstep. There’s always something to do in Hyde Park, from high-energy concerts and Winter Wonderlands, to scenic strolls, museum visits and walks along the Serpentine.
Whitleys is a shopping centre that isn’t particularly spectacular from a retail point of view, especially with larger mega stores like Westfield nearby. But the interiors of this building make it a must visit. The charming 1930s decoration creates a grand scale in what happens to be one of London’s smaller malls. Visit for a snap of the spiralling staircase and hang around for some shopping and a bite to eat.
The West End
One of the most famous attractions in London just happens to be a five-minute tube ride or a 15-minute walk. Whether you want to browse some of London’s finest shops, watch a show at one of the many theatres, or unwind in a bar, the West End is London entertainment at its best – and it’s only two miles away.
Let’s all move to Bayswater
Finding fault with Bayswater is hard. The area has attractive period properties, is a cultural kaleidoscope, offers fantastic restaurants, and is located moments away from some of London’s finest amenities. Sure, it can be pricey, but when compared to neighbouring areas, it’s good value for money and a prime London location.