Bayswater, Hyde Park & Paddington

Bayswater is a convenient central location with a pleasant community-based atmosphere, much loved by visitors the world over. Visit Whiteley’s of Bayswater: a shopping centre that is a listed building and London’s first department store. Stroll down to the hustle and bustle of Oxford and Regent Streets, or wonder around the calm expanse of Kensington Gardens or Hyde Park. London short term rentals are plentiful and this area is perfect for the business or leisure traveller who wants to be in the urban centre but still have access to calm places.

This is a lively cosmopolitan area with many great bistros and bijoux shops on Queensway and Westbourne Grove. The entire area is culturally diverse and the shops around here are interesting and unusual. They make a nice change from Oxford Street and may be where you will find the perfect London souvenir! There are many superb ethnic restaurants to be frequented here, run by locals. This is a good area for walking and exploring…enjoy the many wide, attractive streets and garden squares lined with Victorian stucco terraces.

Bayswater Road is a long main road which runs from Marble Arch, continues past Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Holland Park and all the way down to Notting Hill and beyond. You will find embassies and lots of hotels down it’s side streets, with a good bus service. It’s a pleasant walk down the wide expanse of this road with it’s huge oak trees and the parks alongside. Pause and peruse the art displayed and for sale on the park railings when the weather is fine.  This is a vibrant, central location with fast and easy access to its interesting neighbours, such as Notting Hill and Paddington. Quick transfer to Heathrow Airport on the Heathrow Express from Paddington Station and it’s a quick journey from here into the West End either on foot, bus or underground. The walk through Kensington Gardens, up into Hyde Park and on to Marble Arch is a lovely one. London short term rentals are sought after in these areas.

London short term rentals are popular in neighbouring Paddington – a very convenient location in central London with quick and easy transport links to its surrounding areas and beyond. The Heathrow Express comes into Paddington Station. This station was recently refurbished and now boasts a fabulous champagne bar. That famous and beloved bear of children’s literature, Paddington Bear immigrated to London from darkest Peru via this station, hence his name. He has been honoured with a charming bronze statue on the concourse, complete with name-tag and suitcase!

Another recent refurbishment is Paddington Basin, where you can eat and drink in a civilised, tranquil fashion river-side! Kids love the rolling bridge which curls up, caterpillar fashion, to allow boats to pass. Not far away from the station you will find Regent’s Canal and the enchanting Little Venice. Walking alongside the canals is restive and relaxing…you will find eateries and cafes to recharge in whilst you admire the colourful boats of all shapes and sizes, or consider a trip on the water bus.

Paddington Green is a large open space and conservation area with paved walkways and mature trees that was once part of the ancient Paddington Village. The Green was popular in the late 18th century for it’s tranquil setting and close proximity to West London. Kensington Gardens which run into Hyde Park, are easily reached from here and is one of London’s loveliest Royal Parks. Make your way through them the Gardens into the huge and popular expanse of Hyde Park with it’s green open spaces and fountains.  Walk easily from here up to the top of Hyde Park at Speaker’s Corner and Marble Arch.  Going from Kensington Gardens in the other direction will take you into Notting Hill or onto Kensington High Street, depending on which way you turn!

Paddington is also convenient for the shops and delights of Marylebone and Westbourne Grove. Choose one of the ethnic restaurants around Edgware Road and try some cuisine you’ve never eaten before.  Paddington’s lovely sounding name is thought to derive from around 1056, meaning “place of the farm.”

Unsurprisingly, these neighbourhoods are popular places to find excellent London short term rentals.