Paddington, Bayswater & Hyde Park
Set in the very heart of London, Paddington, Bayswater & Hyde Park are ideally located west of the main Downtown area and its residents can boast a palace, lake and horse riding stables virtually in their front garden – and all in Zone 1.
Paddington, famed for a polite duffle coat wearing bear with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches, is centred round station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the redeveloped Paddington Basin. The station terminal itself services multiple underground lines and connects passengers to nearly every point in the city. Sleek shops, independent markets and corner cafes surround the bustling hub. Located between 2 royal parks, Paddington is famous for St Mary’s hospital, where Princes William, Harry, George and Princess Charlotte were all born.
Bayswater is one of London’s most cosmopolitan areas and this is especially reflected in the wide variety of restaurants and food stores you can find. The many garden squares and shared communal grounds dotted around the area provide a great social atmosphere, meaning a large number of residents know their neighbours. There is a good selection of high street and specialist shops and the famous Whiteleys department store is located on Queensway. Once here, residents tend to stay, whether it be to take advantage of the numerous schools in the area, or enjoy the easy commute to Central London and wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants.
Hyde Park is probably the best known attraction in the area and is the largest Park in London. In the 1530's Henry VIII bought the Park for hunting. In the 18th century it was a notorious haunt for highwaymen and Rotten Row on the South side was the first public road to be lit at night in this country. You can boat and swim in the Serpentine Lake, visit The Serpentine art gallery, ride horses, cycle and roller-blade, listen to people exercising their right to free speech at Speaker's Corner and visit the Albert Memorial - a statue built for Queen Victoria to commemorate Prince Albert. It is also worth noting that the park is contiguous with Kensington Gardens; although often still assumed to be part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens has been technically separate since 1728, when Queen Caroline made a division between the two.
With five different tube lines (Bakerloo, Central, Hammersmith & City, District and Circle) running through Bayswater and Paddington it is a fairly easy area to commute round London from. Paddington Station offers mainline services to the West of England, and there is also a direct express train service to Heathrow Airport called the Heathrow Express. The A40 expressway runs out of town to the Northwest. This road offers a quick link to the M25 belt and it eventually becomes the M40 London to Birmingham motorway. Be warned that if you use the M25 at peak times you should add at least 20 minutes onto your journey time.
|From Paddington to...||By Car||By Train/Tube|
|Heathrow Airport||20 miles, 29 mins||15 mins (direct)|
|Gatwick Airport||42 miles, 66 mins||58 mins (1 changes)|
Types of Housing and Pricing
Bayswater is one of London’s most architecturally traditional areas and has a very large mix of housing from the opulent Hyde Park estate, or the brand new apartments in the Paddington Basin, through to the council housing on Bishops Bridge Road. The majority of the housing in the area is now made up of smart, large white stucco-fronted houses, in varying states of repair, some of which are over 150 years old. Most of these have now been converted into apartments, however there are also some beautiful mews house and large detached family homes in and around Connaught Square.
|Paddington, Bayswater & Hyde Park|
|To Purchase||To Rent|
|Studio||£300,000 - £900,000||£200 - £600 per week|
|1 bed||£375,000 - £2,000,000+||£250 - £1500 per week|
|2 bed||£450,000 - £1,000,000+||£350 - £2000 per week|
|3-4 bed||£600,000 - £3,000,000+||£450 - £2500+ per week|
|5+ bed||£1,500,000+||£2000+ per week|
Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.
The Local Authority (LA) for the area is City of Westminster and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
Whilst state schools in the area are average in their results at primary level, one notable school is: Our Lady of Dolours RC, 19 Cirencester Street, Paddington, 020-7641-4326 (mixed Catholic primary).
Overall, the area provides a wealth of choice for parents when it comes to schools, be it at Primary school, all the way up to colleges for further education.
To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.Schools Map
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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates
The City of Westminster is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as ‘Council Tax’ for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
The police authority for the area is the Metropolitan police. For non-emergency calls to the police, phone 101.
Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
There are two "high street" type shopping areas. Edgware Road has a very strong Middle Eastern influence in the range of shops you will find. The closest tube is Edgware Road (Bakerloo line). The other main shopping area is along Queensway and Westbourne Grove where you will find chemists, banks, newsagents etc.. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants offering a wide range of different culinary choices from Middle Eastern, through to European and Caribbean.
The famous Grade II listed Whiteleys Shopping Centre is situated on Queensway, dominating the Bayswater scene, extending well over 500ft in length. Whiteley’s offers almost anything - women’s, men’s and children’s fashions, gifts, books, beauty products, fashion accessories, a wide range of international restaurants, an 8 screen multiplex cinema, bowling diner and car park. Impressive grade II listed features still remain today, including the sweeping La Scala staircase, the impressive tiered atrium, windows and marble floor.
There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.
Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.
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The Porchester Centre offers an outstanding 140 station gym, two swimming pools, 50 fitness classes a week, squash court, meeting rooms, events hall and spa. The spa has 2 Steam Rooms, 3 Hot Rooms, Sauna, Relaxation area, 4 treatment Rooms, 33 metre Swimming Pool and Cafe.
Queen’s Ice & Bowl is the ultimate entertainment centre. Activities include ice skating, 12 lanes of bowling and private karaoke rooms. The bar has speciality foods, homemade Italian ice cream and novelty games.
Pure Gym Bayswater is a new state of the art, air conditioned gym in Bayswater. Pure Gym offers a 1 month minimum contract, so you won’t be tied into a long contract if you are only in London for s short period of time. With over 50 free classes a week and personal trainers available, Pure Gym is a great choice for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Alexander Fleming Museum - discover for yourself the secrets of the laboratory in which Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. An in-situ reconstruction of the laboratory, displays and a video uncover the remarkable story of how a chance discovery became a lifesaving drug destined to revolutionise medicine.
The Idler Academy - a bookshop where you can get coffee, but doubles as a centre where you can take classes in such diverse activities as calligraphy, philosophy and self-defence.
Paddington Library offers employment advice, reading groups and a programme of activities for young children.
Kensington Gardens - one of the Capital’s 8 Royal Parks. Planted with formal avenues and magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds, the gardens are also home to the popular Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
Hyde Park, Speakers Corner – in the north-eastern corner of the park is an open air site that has allowed people to publically speak or debate about (nearly!) any subject since the mid 1800’s.
Hyde Park, Serpentine Galleries – two art galleries in the middle of Hyde Park which exhibit modern and contemporary art. Zaha Hadid created one permanent and two temporary spaces for the galleries combining old with new beautifully.
Hyde Park Stables – horse riding and lessons in the park. They also can arrange horse riding parties for children.