Bayswater is a jewel in Central London’s crown. In a Zone 1 location, the borough is culturally diverse and architecturally beautiful with its white stucco terraces, countless high-end restaurants, bars and boutiques, and easy access to green space. So you get the best of both worlds if you’re searching for a quieter life amidst the city hustle-bustle. Baywater is bordered on the north by Maida Vale, on the east by Paddington, on the south by Hyde Park, and the west by Notting Hill – and importantly, there is a strong sense of community here, with many residents moving to the area and staying for a long time.
The area attracts wealthy individuals and families who want to be a part of this cosmopolitan and vibrant tight-knit community. It’s a vibrant neighbourhood with large Arab, American, Greek and Brazilian populations, and a high number of hotels adds to Bayswater’s international feel. Bayswater is packed with stylish boutiques and independents with a robust café culture and a wide variety of restaurant cuisine, especially on the Queensway, due to such a diverse mix of residents from across the globe. London’s first department store, Whitleys, is in the neighbourhood and other well-known chains, not to mention the mega-shops of Oxford Street and upmarket Bond Street close by and Marylebone Village boutique shopping area. The Porchester Spa is a celebrated local landmark created from the former municipal baths. This day spa boasts original, art deco interiors and has steam rooms, Turkish baths and a plunge pool – perfect for a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Many Bayswater properties are a mix of single-family homes and flat conversions, ideal for a Pieds-a-terre, and some are purpose-built apartment buildings with huge complexes to mansion blocks. Flats tend to dominate the market in the borough, but there are many elegant white Georgian stucco terraces of four to five storeys and some incredibly picturesque mews houses. There are numerous great state and independent schools too. Popular places of education include Lansdowne College, Hallfield Primary, St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary, Paint Pots Montessori School, Hope Montessori Nursery, Queensborough Community Nursery, Les Chatons Spanish Nursery and Minors Nursery.
For those seeking vast swathes of breathtaking green spaces, then Bayswater is unbeatable for buying a property because parks surround you – a staggering 625 acres on your doorstep. Nearby Hyde Park and Kensington Park combined cover 253 hectares of space for athletics, picnics, and leisurely walks – there’s even a lido and horse riding facilities. There are many amenities for families and children in the area, such as activities at Paddington Library and one of London’s few ice rinks at Queen’s Ice and Bowl. There is also the vast green space of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, which includes a lido and facilities for horse riding.
For transport connections, Bayswater is enviably central, you can walk to all the attractions of London’s West End in 15 minutes, and no fewer than five tube stations serve the borough. Bayswater tube station is on the Circle and District Lines; Edgware Road, Lancaster Gate, Queensway, Royal Oak, and Paddington station are all in the vicinity. Paddington station puts Devon, Cornwall and the whole of the West Country within easy reach – and the world, via the Heathrow Express. With excellent bus connections and the opening of the new Elizabeth Line, Bayswater has even better transport links to Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf, offering an easy commute for city workers and making the area an excellent property investment.