Anyone visiting London is spoiled for choice when it comes to memorable days out, but if you are staying at any hotels near Bayswater Tube Station, you’re ideally placed to experience the finest attractions and activities that London has to offer. Here, we’ve picked out just some of them.
Bowling in Bayswater
When it comes to universally loved activities, ten-pin bowling is a surefire crowd-pleaser and Bayswater is home to two great bowling venues.
The first is All Star Lanes Bayswater (6 Porchester Gardens, W2 4DB), which isn’t your typical bowling alley; its six lanes and pinspotters have been imported from the USA and the bar and restaurant are suitably styled with vintage booths and bulbous burgers to deliver an accurate taste of true American ten-pin action on British soil.
Up to seven people can play in a single lane and it may be worth knowing that as there aren’t many lanes, you can only book one game in advance at peak times.
It is very kid friendly though, with reduced rates for under-12s, as well as extra-light bowling balls, bowling ramps, bowling bumpers and a kids party menu.
Queens Ice and Bowl (17 Queensway, W2 4QP) goes for the same classic American atmosphere as All Star Lanes, but has twice the capacity with 12 competition-standard lanes.
There are also private karaoke booths, ping-pong tables, air hockey, table football, classic arcade games, a pop-up cinema and a 9,000 sq ft skating rink, which has been the only permanent ice rink in central London since it was built in 1930.
Hit the shops at Whiteleys
Admittedly, shopping may not be the wisest thing to do if you have kids in tow, but if you’re blessed with offspring that will tolerate a few shops, it’s totally worth dropping into the Whiteleys department store on Queensway (W2 4YN).
You’ll find many recognisable chains including H&M, Marks & Spencer, Zara and Gap, as well as Whittards, Toys ‘R’ Us, Costa, Pizza Express and Starbucks.
If you do have kids to appease, you could reward them with a film at Whiteley’s five-screen cinema or book in at the store’s bowling alley, if you haven’t had your fill at Queens or All Star Lanes already.
Visit Hyde Park
This vast 350-acre green space is one of eight royal parks dotted around London and weather permitting, it’s a great spot for a picnic or a day out.
The Serpentine lake is a lovely feature at the heart of the park and the Diana Memorial Playground in the north-west is worth dropping by if the kids need to burn off some energy. Similarly, there’s also the picturesque Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, just below the lake.
You could also drop by Speaker’s Corner in the north-east of Hyde Park for the chance to hear some heated public speakers get passionate about topical issues.
From mid-November, a magnificent Winter Wonderland sets up in the east part with rides, live shows, an open-air ice rink, stalls selling mulled wine, festive grub and traditional Christmas gifts.
Green Park, which is also a royal park, is less than two miles away, sitting just south-east to Hyde Park and is less child friendly.
Visit three of London’s best museums
Just south of Hyde Park on Exhibition Road is a trio of terrific museums: the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, which specialises in decorative art and design. If time allows, all three are worth at least a few hours of exploration.
Madame Tussauds London
This seemingly timeless waxwork museum gives visitors the chance to get up close and take as many selfies as they can with recreations of some of the most famous people in the world.
Everyone from the Queen and the rest of the royal family to Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Benedict Cumberbatch are here.
Find it on Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR.
Bramley’s Big Adventure
If the weather isn’t playing ball, then this indoor play centre for the under-12s offers great value and is well worth considering.
Found at 136 Bramley Road (W10 6SR), it has three levels of soft play equipment, with separate areas for children under two years and under five. There’s a reasonably priced cafe to let the grown-ups relax and refuel too.
Climbing unlocks many great benefits for children, boosting confidence, agility and fitness, so Westway on 1 Crownthorne Road in North Kensington (W10 6RP) is a great place to take your little monkeys.
They run an after-school session for five to six-year-olds, and a separate session for kids aged seven to 14.