Bayswater

Bayswater is a vibrant area of London within the City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and borders London's fabulous Hyde Park which boasts a palace, a lake and horse riding stables - as well as acres of grass and a magnificent array of established British trees.

The cultural and social mix of Bayswater is reflected in the huge variety of restaurants and food stores along Queensway. Traditional English pubs offer a good selection of beers and "gastropub" dining options.

London's first department store, Whiteleys, was established in Bayswater and the iconic period building still exists today as a shopping mall with shops, boutiques and a cinema.

Architecture in the area is impressive, with grand white stucco terraces and charming garden squares.

You can visit Kensington Palace and view the State apartments, galleries and grounds and get an insight into royal life. Parts of the Palace are still occupied to this day by members of the Royal Family, including Prince William and his young family. For art lovers, the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park is nearby - a great place to enjoy modern and contemporary art. In Paddington is the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum where you can visit the laboratory in which Fleming discovered penicillin. For the brand conscious visitors, the Museum of Brands and Packaging in Notting Hill is a fascination.

The Print Room is a contemporary arts space within the building of an old cinema. It plays host to lively fringe theatre. Every Sunday the railings along Bayswater Road become an outdoor art gallery where over 150 artists display and offer their work for sale. 

If you are visiting London with children then they may like to visit one of the few ice rinks remaining in the Capital - Queen's Ice and Bowl - where skating and bowling are offered.