Trying to decide where to begin your London adventure isn’t an easy task, especially for first-timers heading to the city on holiday. With so many places to see and things to do, it can be hard picking a place to set up base camp.
Bayswater offers visitors a peaceful area where you can relax knowing you’ll never be too far from the action. Our hotels near Lancaster Gate are surrounded by all kinds of fun things to do and the ideal location of the Park Grand Kensington Hotel London means that you’re never too far from these top destinations.
If you’re planning a trip to the Bayswater area, you’ll be pleased to know that just down the road is the historic City of Westminster. For hundreds of years, the city has been the centre of politics in the UK and has become home to a number of amazing buildings and culturally significant monuments. Take a stroll through the scenic city and discover a treasure trove of culture as you snap photos of Big Ben, Westminster Palace, Westminster Cathedral and a long list of statues dedicated to famous figures like Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. If it’s your first time in London, a trip to Westminster is a must.
Another advantage of staying in Bayswater is the fact that you have London’s most famous park right on your doorstep. Since it was first opened in 1637, Hyde Park has become one of the city’s most popular destinations and a hotspot for nature lovers and shutterbugs from around the world. Take a stroll through the beautiful greenery and get lost in between the trees as you hunt for the many iconic statues and monuments that are scattered throughout the park. Anyone visiting London has to be able to say they walked through the iconic Hyde Park.
For those hoping to do a bit of shopping during their time in Bayswater, you’ll find one of the city’s most popular marketplaces right around the corner. For centuries, Portobello Market has been a bustling place of trade for locals and travellers from around the world. Make your way through the market and browse the endless number of stalls to discover the amazing tastes and smells of London’s famous international food scene. Whether you’re looking for vintage clothes to update your wardrobe or a new book to add to your collection, you’ll find all kinds of hidden treasures at Portobello Market.
There are a number of amazing museums and galleries within easy reach of Bayswater but if you’re worried about finding your way or you have a limited amount of time, Kensington Palace is just a stone’s throw away. The official Royal residence was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and has since been turned into a public gallery that showcases rare art from the Royal Collection. This is a must-see for any art lovers travelling to Bayswater.