Our guide to great food and activities in Bayswater & Queensway

News at Homesite | 07/02/2019


As dedicated local estate agents, we cover our immediate area which includes Bayswater, Queensway and its surrounds. This central London postcode is fairly residential, comprising a mix of beautiful period properties and secure portered living housed in opulent mansion buildings. It’s a great location within walking distance to Paddington in one direction and in the other, Hyde Park, through which you can take a leisurely stroll to Marble Arch, Speakers Corner and into London’s vibrant West End.

Transport links in Bayswater. 
Boasting great transport links with a number of buses and tube lines connecting you to Central London and beyond, the area is well easily accessible in all directions.

Bayswater is served by the central line from Queensway Station and the circle and district line from Bayswater. Paddington station is a stone’s throw away; you can walk or jump on a bus which will get you there in minutes, connecting you to tube and train lines to Reading and across the southwest UK. 

On foot, you have access to a wide range of London hotspots and facilities. Bayswater is ideally located for access to Portobello Road, The West End, Paddington, and London’s largest green space, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

Where to eat in Bayswater

Centred around the hub of facilities of Queensway and Westbourne Grove, Bayswater has no lack of great places to eat. With a colourful array of cafes and eateries offering a vast choice of food, there is always somewhere to grab a bite.
Queensway itself has a lively evening atmosphere and is home to a number of exotic food options, including well known Chinese restaurants, The four seasons Chinese and a choice of Lebanese and Italian.

Westbourne Grove, famous in the ‘80s and ‘90s for Khans Indian restaurant, which you can still experience,  is now also home to a variety of food choices. Eateries such as Gourmet burger, Planet Organic which has some lunch options and a range of cafes from Italian at Arro Coffee to Lebanese wraps and fresh juices at Fresco to Nando’s peri-peri chicken.

For a more relaxed dining experience there are some hidden pockets of long-standing restaurants along Hereford Road, which are popular with local residents and serve some delicious authentic cuisine:

Sahara: Serving Moroccan cuisine; this beautiful family run restaurant serves arguably the best Tagines you can find in London. They have been running for over 20 years and their food never disappoints. Their dessert, an exotic take on Mille Feuille is a must try, it's unlike any other you have ever tasted! They have a bring your own bottle of wine policy, which you can grab from the local supermarket. It’s a lovely place to dine away the evening.

Hafez: This busy Persian restaurant has been here since 1983. This hidden gem has a cute décor, with walls covered in spoons of all styles and sizes.  It has a friendly atmosphere, intimate and is always busy serving authentic dishes. It’s a great place to sample some traditional recipes served by the Persian family who owns it and is passionate about sharing their food.

Aphrodite: This lively greek restaurant always smells good! It is always packed on a Friday or Saturday night with groups, families and food lovers seated around large round tables, enjoying mezze platters. This eatery has remained a family run business since its opening in 1988; the place is bursting with character, good food, and a happy atmosphere. And, no, they don’t break the plates at the end of the meal!

These three gems sit side by side and have done so for over 30 years. They are a well kept local secret just off the main road. Known among local residents and those in the know, these gems all stand the test of time due to their great authentic dishes, friendly atmosphere and reputation for quality.

Did we mention the inconspicuous Austrian bar on Westbourne Grove? If you are looking for something a bit out of the norm. You must venture into The Tiroler Hut. From the street, it’s just an open door leading down the steps to what appears a dark basement. Don’t let this put you off, down these steps you will enter a world of Austrian decor,  food, music, and choice of Austrian beer served true Austrian size steins. It’s an unusual place, but it’s also lots of fun.

Where to do food shopping?
In terms of general shopping, Bayswater is well served by a large Waitrose catering to all your food needs, a large Planet Organic on Westbourne Grove and a smaller Tesco supermarket on Queensway. There is a range of smaller delis to choose from including, Greek, Italian and French. There is no lack of artisan bread, olives, fresh fruit and veg for local residents.

 

What to do in Bayswater and Queensway?
The area has a wealth of activities to explore. There are a number of gyms to cater to the needs of local residents such as Pure gym, Heartcore the boutique fitness centre focused on cardio and dynamic workout and Porchester terrace sports centre which as well as offering gym facilities and classes, contains a swimming pool and spa area including sauna, steam room and plunge pool. There are plenty of options to keep fit and stay active.

Queensway boasts central London’s only all year round ice skating rink to keep the kids busy on the weekend; it also includes a bowling alley, arcade games, and a cafe. This place is a staple local family favourite
, guaranteed to tire the kids and amuse the adults.

Kensington Palace and its gardens
A short stroll from Queensway and you will find yourself in the green nature of Kensington Gardens, you can take a walk around the small lake, feed the ducks, sit at the cafe or take the children to the pirate park where they can let their imagination run wild aboard the pirate ship set in a huge sandpit. On a sunny day, you can grab an ice cream and walk along the tree-lined path which will lead you all the way to High Street Kensington.

You can take a short walk to Portobello Market, at its most vibrant on a Saturday, it is a colourful place to explore any day of the week. On a weekday you will find a local market selling fresh fruit and veg, other artisanal foods and a variety of handicrafts.

On Sundays, you can meander down to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park and stroll along Bayswater road which turns into an art gallery/market and makes for an interesting and enjoyable walk towards park lane.

Queensway and Bayswater provide a comfortable and tranquil residential experience with the advantage of convenient access to local hotspots such as Notting Hill and surrounding areas. Living in Bayswater offers the best of all worlds, convenient location, great connections, lots of food choices and interesting places to visit within easy reach.

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property to buy and rent in Bayswater and surrounding areas, get in touch so we can show you a selection of beautiful homes.

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