Bayswater, situated in the London Borough of Westminster, is widely known as one of the most diverse areas of London. The population includes a significant community of Arabs, Greeks and Americans alongside London’s largest Brazilian population. Bayswater’s history dates back to the writing of the Domesday Book in the 11th century, when it was part of Westminster Abbey’s land. Bayswater’s rich heritage spans to the religious as well, with a Greek Orthodox cathedral – St Sophia’s situated on Moscow Road.
Stylish Streets and garden squares attract many a celebrity to have properties in Bayswater. Damon Albarn of Brit-pop band Blur, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson and glamorous actress Keira Knightley are among many of the area’s current inhabitants. British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Tony Blair also are noted as having lived in Bayswater. One thing’s for sure, it won’t be hard to find “Blue Plaques” on the front of many Bayswater’s Victorian terrace houses!
Aside from the grand St Sophia’s cathedral, there are many other attractions that bring tourists to the area. Notting Hill’s famous Portobello market can be found an eight minute walk away. From Stop F at Paddington station, guests of the Grand Park Hotel Lancaster Gate can visit Portobello Road by taking the number seven bus towards East Acton, disembarking at the Portobello Road bus stop PE. To get to the famous Notting Hill, hotel guests can take the number 94 bus from Porchester Terrace stop D and disembark at Holland Park stop HA, from where it is a six minute walk up Ladbroke Grove. Little Venice, known for its winding canals linking the Grand Canal with the Regent’s Canal is a twenty minute walk up London Street situated behind Paddington station. Kensington Garden’s is also host to many attractions and is situated in Bayswater, a mere five minute walk from the hotel. The London Headquarters for the Roman Catholic Opus Dei is a ten minute walk away.
In regards to shopping, Bayswater has it all. Portobello Road can be found one and half miles from Grand Park Hotel Lancaster Gate. On Portobello road hotel guests can find art shops Simon Finch fine art, and Graffik art gallery. For music lovers Honest Jon Records is also situated on Portobello road and market stalls can be found at The Good Fairy. For the best in retail and shopping Whiteley’s shopping centre offers a wide range of shopping and food choices. Located on Queensway, Whiteley’s is only a ten minute walk from the hotel and is London’s oldest department store, dating back to 1875. The ground floor of Whiteley’s was transformed into a food store where various cuisines can be bought. Whiteley’s is host to high street shops and has on site an Odeon cinema and bowling alley.