If you’re looking for a leafy, luxurious area of London that has been in the top 10 neighbourhoods with homes of £5m or more, then Bayswater is the place for you.
Today we are highlighting Bayswater which provides its residents with exclusive, private garden squares, spacious flats, and period architecture while being in prime central London.
Bordered on the north by Maida Vale, Paddington to the east and Notting Hill to the west, with majestic Hyde Park to the south. Bayswater is surrounded by luxurious, high-end neighbourhoods and while it caters to those with higher budgets, the area still has vast upside potential given the redevelopment and new builds happening.
What is also appealing is its great location for getting across town. There are 5 stations in the area, including Bayswater tube station for Circle and District Lines; along with Queensway, Lancaster Gate, Royal Oak, and Paddington stations all nearby.
Culture fix in Bayswater
Whenever I work with buyers to find their perfect London home, the space itself is usually first on their list; but running a close second is what the neighbourhood has to offer. Bayswater is uniquely placed in zone 1 with its buzzing cosmopolitan energy, yet also has countryside vibes.
For things to do, start off by visiting Kensington Palace for a little peek into royal life and the history of the British monarchy, with incredible gardens to walk through, too.
The Coronet Theatre is an art space & fringe theatre in a Victorian Coronet cinema, originally built in 1898.
This international theatre presents an eclectic programme of plays, films, dance, music, poetry and visual arts.
Most are held in its intimate 195-seat main auditorium and 90-seat studio space, re-named The Print Room in recognition of the company’s previous home at a nearby print works.
For art, head to Bayswater Road on any given Sunday, as it becomes one big art gallery. It has more than 150 artists and craftspeople displaying their work for you to browse, view, and purchase.
These two buildings are home to modern and contemporary art. They provide a year-round, free programme of exhibitions, architecture, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond.
If you go to Moscow Road, you can visit St Sophia’s, Greek Orthodox cathedral in the heart of an area coined “little Greece” with its “Athenian Grocery” which is a Greek deli, as well as Santorini restaurant.
The cathedral is vast and complex, with intricate designs inside, and even a museum.
The museum is across 2 floors, with the treasury beneath the cathedral with art, books and documents. The upper floor focuses on liturgical objects and documents, many originally donated to the Church of the Saviour in the City of London (1849-1879).
If you’re looking for more, in just 15 minutes, you can walk to the West End. Here you will find the top theatres, clubs of Soho, China Town, cinemas, cocktail bars and so much more to enjoy.
For green space, you couldn’t ask for a better location. Bayswater literally sits on the edge of Hyde Park, the most famous of the royal parks of England.
It is also the largest of the 4 royal parks in London. Home to the Diana Fountain, open water swimming lake, playground, tennis courts, cafes, and even stables for horse riding.
The park has regular events to celebrate the seasons, from Winter Wonderland to the BST music festival held in the summer.
The gardens have a wildflower meadow, formal gardens, sunken gardens, and royal apartments to walk through during your visit.
For the kids, you can visit the Princess Diana Memorial playground, housed in Kensington Palace Gardens.
This is at the northwest corner of the gardens with a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures. There is also the Diana Playground Café for fresh salads, sandwiches, drinks, and a children’s menu.
Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens total approximately 600 acres of green space between them, so you really can get to see nature in all its forms without going far.
You can check out my other video for my top 6 parks in London to enjoy by clicking the link here.
Dining in Bayswater
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out in the area.
For Chinese food with high-end pedigree, you must head to the Four seasons’ where the roast duck has been said to be “the best roast duck in the world”, by the Financial Times.
Located in a refurbished Victorian butcher shop, the restaurant has become known for offal, game and other meaty dishes.
For a more relaxed British bite that still has historical connections, you can head to the Mitre pub in Lancaster Gate. In a grand grade II listed building, this traditional English pub has original features you’ll love to view as you sip a pint and enjoy the classic British dishes on offer.
Take in the passers-by as they visit Hyde park from the small outside seating area, or head inside to warm up by one of the fireplaces, and look at the classic features including etched glass and mosaic floors.
As a little surprise, the Mitre actually has a speakeasy cocktail bar below, for a classic cocktail.
If you love Italian food AND opera then Bayswater’s Bel Canto restaurant, located in the basement of the Corus Hotel Hyde Park serves up both.
Thanks to the location, the acoustics mean the restaurant can offer something truly unprecedented – opera singers join the diners and entertain them every 15 minutes.
Dishes on the menu are classically Italian, and the restaurant also provides a good selection of wines to pair with your dishes.
Property styles in Bayswater
Now onto the property scene in Bayswater. Much like its neighbours, the properties in Bayswater are made up of classic Georgian and Victorian terrace homes.
Most of these properties have in fact been converted into flats, as the five-storey buildings provide large apartments, with private garden squares, packed with period character.
There are also mansion blocks, mews houses, and new apartments in residential developments, as the area has had a regeneration in recent years with hotels being bought by property developers and converted into residential properties.
Properties in Bayswater had an overall average price of £1,415,861 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Bayswater during the last year were flats, selling for an average price of £1,201,542. Terraced properties sold for an average of £2,612,571, with semi-detached properties fetching £3,962,963.
Overall, sold prices in Bayswater over the last year were 9% up on the previous year and 2% down on the 2017 peak of £1,443,291.
Let’s highlight a few to give you a sense of the market.
The property is small but perfectly formed. It’s well laid out and has maximised the space across the ground and first floors.
There is a small balcony that could do with some TLC, as well as some of the interiors are in need of a lick of paint.
This is why the property is on the market for what seems to be a decent price for the area itself.
You are very close to Paddington station for transport links, as well as access to the gardens of Porchester Square.
At 914 Sq.Ft. this comes to £1,367 per Sq.Ft.
So, what do you think of Bayswater? Have you learned something new about this enclave in central London?
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