I frequently see clients who have travelled to London for a brief visit on business or holiday from other parts of the UK or from abroad so decided to write this post for them to give them a bit of an overview about Bayswater, the area where I am based.
Bayswater is one of London’s most cosmopolitan areas with rumoured highest turnover of population in London. Queensway and Westbourne Grove are its busiest main streets, both having many ethnic-cuisine restaurants.
Bayswater area is about 30 blocks away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street, where the actual “City of London” and all we picture in our minds when we think of London. The area has two tube stations, Bayswater and Queensway and various buses run almost 24 hours a day. You can get there from Heathrow by tube with just one connection in between or take the Heathrow Express from Paddington.
Also nearby is Portobello Market, which is an incredibly eclectic market set on Portobello Road displaying antiques, food, regional products second hand items, and street artists.
My recommendations for Interesting places to visit in Bayswater:
Bayswater road art show – Sunday morning
Bayswater Road, which runs along the north end of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, is a great place for a walk for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning as it has many different painters and artists exhibiting their art on the wall of the park.
Whiteleys shopping centre
The shopping centre is a beautiful a Grade II Listed Building building , with plenty of interesting history as it has been first built in 1863. The building has survived one of the largest fires in London’s history in 1887. The shopping centre currently has a cinema, lots of cafe’s and restaurants and shops and even a bowling alley.
The Porchester Spa
The Porchester Spa is set inside of a 1929 building and the interiors are fabulous. This is the spa to come to if you like pools (they have a proper swimming pool, plus a plunge pool for cooling off after a stint in one of the three Turkish hot rooms). People – including lots of local men – come here for no-nonsense treatments (like the Hot Towels Treatment ) at affordable prices, including wraps, facials and massages. The spa has alternate male and female only days 6 days a week so check in advance before visiting. They alo have an couples day once per week.
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