Bayswater Neighbourhood in London: The Student Guide!
Bayswater is one of the most popular neighbourhoods for students in London, as it is a well-connected, residential and safe area inside the city. The white stucco buildings create a British classic feeling, whilst people from different nationalities give it a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Do you imagine yourself living next to one of the biggest green areas in London?
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Located beside Kensington Gardens
Bayswater neighbourhood in London is 2.5 miles west of the city centre, between Notting Hill and Paddington, and just beside Kensington Gardens. It’s a well connected area inside Central London and the City of Westminster borough, so many people come to live here as they can reach other parts of the city quite easily.
Safe and cosmopolitan neighbourhood
This is one of the most popular neighbourhoods for students in London, as it offers a really unique and safe experience. Families who know each other and white-collar workers, both English or with abroad influences, live in beautiful white stucco buildings of 4 or 5 stories high surrounded by square gardens and shape a multi-ethnic neighbourhood. They mix in the streets with tourists who stay in the many hotels located here and use this area as a base for their tours.
Bayswater is primarily a residential area. However, Queensway street and the zone surrounding Paddington station host shops, cafés and restaurants, including cheap Chinese and Thai takeaways, and there’s even a shopping mall.
Plus, what makes Bayswater in London really unique is its proximity to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, so nice!
Nice ethnic restaurants
Restaurants in Bayswater are a reflection of its cosmopolitan atmosphere, so if you like to taste different types of cuisine you’ll love to live here! Head to Westbourne Grove street and choose between Indian cuisine in Khan’s Restaurant or Persian food in Alounak or Sadaf Restaurant, or other highly recommended places that serve Chinese, Greek or Moroccan specialities. Don’t forget to try brunch served at No. 65 & King!
Are you already thinking about nightlife in Bayswater neighbourhood? It revolves around Westbourne Grove and Moscow Road, where the most frequented pubs are located. It’s essential that you try out Bayswater Arms Pub, The Leinster Arms and The Prince Edward classic British pubs. And for a really special experience, Old Mary’s beers and cocktail bar lies in an old servant’s quarter. Feel yourself British!
Old Mary’s bar. Source: www.londoncocktailscholars.co.uk
Bayswater neighbourhood’s facilities
Doing your groceries is pretty easy in Bayswater, so no need to worry about that! Apart from several supermarkets, one of the best organic supermarkets (Planet Organic) is in Westbourne Grove Street, which offers natural, organic and sustainable fresh food.
Just in case you want to add some more bustle to your life in Bayswater, check out Whiteleys shopping mall. Here you will not only find international brands, but you may also watch the last film release, use free WiFi in Starbucks’ sofas or practice your bowling skills with friends. And if you prefer smaller shops, Queensway Street is the place to go!
Whiteleys Shopping Mall. Source: www.costar.co.uk
If you’re a sportsman or woman, or if you simply like to stay fit, you’ll love to hear that the national chain of gyms LA Fitness is present in Bayswater, where you can go swimming, attend group lessons or make the most out of you with a personal trainer.
Living next to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park is one of the pleasures you can have in London…and Bayswater makes it possible. Not only you can relax and stroll around in beautiful Italian style gardens…but you can also visit magnificent monuments, such as Princess Diana memorial, do sport, go swimming if the water is not cold for you or ride a horse. More than 600 acres of green space are waiting for you!
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Cultural offer and attractions
London is a well-known world cultural hub for its museums and monuments. Within Bayswater’s boundaries you may visit Kensington Palace and Serpentine Galleries for modern and contemporary art in Hyde Park. Plus, for your scientific interest, the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum shows the lab where Fleming discovered penicillin!
In addition, Bayswater Road hosts an event of sidewalk-art every Sunday, when more than 150 artists and craftspeople show their work to pedestrians walking by.
The nearest one is Paddington Library, a quiet place to study before your exams. It’s within walking distance to Bayswater neighbourhood and offers free Wi-Fi. Of course, you can always let yourself drop in some nearby cozy café.
The neighbourhood of Bayswater in London is well connected to the rest of the city, through the tube stations of Queensway (Circle and District Line), Bayswater and Lancaster Gate (Central Line), apart from bus connections.
Plus, Paddington Station is just across its boundaries and is one of London’s main train and tube stations (Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines). One of its trains, the Heathrow Connect, takes you to the airport in only 15 minutes.
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The distances from Bayswater to the main universities are:
- University of London and University College of London: it will take you approximately 30 minutes to reach there, starting at Bayswater tube station (Circle Line).
- Middlessex University: is about an hour away by the tube, starting at the same tube station (Central-Victoria-Northern Lines).
- London Metropolitan University: is less than 40 minutes away going underground (Central-Piccadilly Lines).
- University of East London (Stratford Campus): 45 minutes in the Central tube line and you’ll reach your classes.
The city centre is 20 minutes away travelling underground in Bakerloo line, from Paddington to Piccadilly Circus station.
Housing & Rental rate
The average rental price for a 1 bedroom apartment is about £510 per week, which makes it a mid-range rental rate area in the city. Have you already decided to live in Bayswater? Many options are waiting for you!
Short and sweet
- Atmosphere: residential, multiquiet and safe area composed by white stucco terrace buildings and square gardens.
- Location: west of the city centre and next to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
- Residents: families, white-collar workers, students, people from different nationalities.
- Transportation: well-connected area by tube, train (Paddington Station) and bus. The city centre is just 20 minutes away.
- Mid-range rental rate: £510 per week for a studio.
- Area of London: inside Central London and the City of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea borough (W2).
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