Renting property in Bayswater, W2
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Why rent in Bayswater?
Bayswater is one of the most historic yet cosmopolitan and culturally diverse districts of central west London and remains a largely residential area with many properties for rent as well as London's highest concentration of hotels. Bayswater occupies the W2 postcode and provides easy access to the centre of town and some of the most desirable places to live in London. For the trendy, wealthy and upwardly mobile professional, Bayswater is one of the best places to make your base.
For a bit of green space near the rental property in Bayswater, Hyde Park is a short walk away as is Kensington Palace. Apart from the Albert Hall, you will not find many major tourist attractions in Bayswater but if you are looking for a good night out, this area offers some of the hippest restaurants in town.
Property in Bayswater
Bayswater, W2, is rich in 19th century architecture; the classic urban squares and stuccoed terraces create some of the best rental property in London.
Properties in Bayswater are, in the main, striking grand Georgian terraces although they have now long been subdivided into upscale apartments to rent or buy. During much of the 20th century many of these properties had been neglected creating a kind of faded and shabby charm. However, recent sensitive redevelopments have replaced this with a level of refitting and luxury that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else in London. A rental apartment in Bayswater is amongst some of the best appointed around. There are some houses in Bayswater, although these are few and far between, and would fall to the very upper end of most buyers' budgets.
By renting property in Bayswater you will be benefitting from its proximity to central London and to other fashionable areas such as Kensington or Notting Hill, as well as its ease of access to London's best parks (Holland Park and Hyde Park are a convenient walk away).
There are some pretty garden squares in the area, including Kensington Garden Square located next to Residential Land's apartments to rent at Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments and Garden House. Other Residential Land rental property in Bayswater includes Bathurst Street, Lancaster Gate, Portobello Lofts and Portobello Apartments.
Transport links in Bayswater
Bayswater makes up the area to the north of Hyde Park and is near the theatres of London's West End. The area has excellent transport links providing easy access to all areas of London. Bayswater underground station is served by the District and Circle lines whilst Queensway Station is served by the Central line. Numerous buses run a regular service along the Bayswater Road providing links to the shopping areas of Oxford Street and Regent Street, Kensington High Street and Edgware Road.
History of Bayswater
The area of London now known as Bayswater was recorded in the Domesday Book as being owned by the Abbey of Westminster. The most famous tenant to live in the area during this time was Bainiardus, he is believed to be the same Norman associate of the Conqueror who gave his name to Baynard's Castle. Although the descent of the land cannot be clearly traced Bainiardus' name long remained attached to the area with a parliamentary grant of the Abbey or Chapter Lands in 1653 describing "the common field at Paddington" as being "near a place commonly called Baynard's Watering."
In 1720, the lands of the Dean and Chapter were described to be the occupation of Alexander Bond, of Bear's Watering, in the same parish of Paddington. It is commonly believed that this portion of ground, which has always been known for its pure water springs, once supplied water to Baynard and his household. The memory of his name appears to have been preserved in the area for six centuries with the area being named after him: "Bayswater", Baynard's watering-place.
Attractions in Bayswater
Street Art Sundays
On Sundays, Bayswater Road is transformed into a large outdoor art gallery, with artists, painters, and photographers showing their artwork on the railings beside Kensington Gardens.
Kensington Palace State Apartments
Originally a private country house, public visitors are now warmly welcomed into Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana between 1981 and 1997.
Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's favourite galleries for modern and contemporary art, attracting over 590,000 visitors a year to its exhibitions, architecture, education and public programmes and the best bit is it's all free.
The Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum located in Paddington, London, is where you can discover for yourself the secrets of the laboratory in which Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928.
Tucked away just off the Bayswater Road this ice rink complex is suitable for all ages. With its brand new ice rink, a bowling arena with 16 lanes, many hi-tech video games and a bar there is fun for all the family.
The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St Sophia
A classical Byzantine-style church erected in 1677.
Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1851.
All Star Bowling Lanes
A boutique bowling alley beneath Whiteleys shopping centre. In this 1950s American styled venue there are four slick lanes with an integrated diner, serving top quality American food and exotic cocktails.
Shopping in Bayswater
Whiteleys Shopping Centre
Bayswater is a shopaholic's paradise. Whiteleys Shopping centre is right in the centre of the area and offers a luxurious and elegant shopping experience. As you enter the centre, you are greeted by a stunning water fountain with two centaurs, a sweeping marble and iron stairway as well as a glass dome ceiling and marble flooring throughout the whole building. The centre contains a wide range of the familiar high street shops you would expect as well as a few hidden, lesser known gems offering gifts, beauty, food and fashion.
Whiteleys also became known for being home to one of the most impressive Christmas trees during the festive period.
Sandwiched between Bayswater and Notting Hill, this fashionable area is home to a range of designer fashion boutiques, luxury brand flagship stores, shoe and bag designers as well as maternity, baby and children's wear specialists and bespoke jewelers.
Restaurants in Bayswater
Running through Bayswater is the busy high street Queensway which has a range of mainly Chinese, Lebanese and Mediterranean restaurants. Running across the Queensway is Westbourne Grove, a fashionable retail street with many trendy restaurants.
Beity is a popular authentic Lebanese restaurant with a diverse menu.
Kam Tong is a popular Oriental restaurant specialising in Chinese cuisine.
Mulberry Street is an authentic New York neighbourhood style pizzeria with three large screens showing major sporting fixtures. The restaurant also offers a free delivery service.
A popular Diner-Deli, Bodean's BBQ serves American slow-smoked barbecue food accompanied by chilled beers and big screens showing sporting fixtures.
Rodizio Rico serves a selection of modern Brazilian dishes in a modern, stylish setting with a wide range of drinks on offer.
Le Cafe Anglais
Found on the second floor of Whiteley's Centre, Le Cafe Anglais is one of the finest restaurants in London. Offering superb food and drink in a chic and stylish restaurant, Le Cafe Anglais is the ideal retreat for a luxury meal.