About this office
Our market-leading team of sales and lettings agents in Hyde Park & Bayswater have more than 35 years’ experience in the central London property market and are highly knowledgeable about all parts of the W2 area that covers the north of Hyde Park, including the Hyde Park estate, Bayswater, Lancaster Gate, Paddington and Queensway, as well as stretching through Marylebone into Fitzrovia.
Why move to Hyde Park & Bayswater?
The residential area of Hyde Park & Bayswater in the City of Westminster is one of the most sought-after in all of London, if not worldwide. International buyers and wealthy families alike are drawn here by the exclusive stock of property, with luxurious new build apartments and grand period properties existing in harmony. The exceptional schooling opportunities, endless amenities and expansive green space of Hyde Park seal the deal.
A little bit of history
Hyde Park was originally established in 1536 as a royal deer park used by Henry VIII for hunting and was first opened to the public by Charles I in 1637. The park has hosted such historic events as the Great Exhibition in 1851, while Speaker’s Corner to the north east of the park provides an open-air venue for free speech and demonstration. Since the 1960s many rock concerts have taken place here and the annual Winter Wonderland Christmas festival draws millions of visitors each year.
Architecture and property
Imposing rows of Georgian and early Victorian white stucco-fronted houses form the majority of the properties in the area. Wide tree-lined terraces lead from Lancaster Gate to the main residential areas and encompass some of the best garden squares in London, such as Cleveland Square and Connaught Square. The re-development of Paddington Basin offers modern waterside apartments alongside state-of-the-art glass-clad commercial space and the completion of the prestigious Lancaster’s development has set a real precedent for the area becoming one of London’s premier addresses.
Shopping and amenities
There is a convenient selection of shops and amenities clustered along the Queensway in Bayswater including a Waitrose superstore, while the Connaught Village retail quarter offers many charming independent shops such as Circus 25 for high end homeware and fashion label Kokoro. Some of the world’s most famous shopping districts are nearby, including Portobello Road in the heart of Notting Hill renowned for its bustling market, the vast Westfield shopping complex at Shepherd’s Bush and Knightsbridge with its department stores and flagship designer boutiques, which is just a short stroll away through Hyde Park.
Bayswater is home to a cosmopolitan array of bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants, including Aphrodite Taverna for authentic Cypriot cuisine, Pearl Liang for dim sum and Maroush for Lebanese, while Paddington offers trendy bars and al fresco dining overlooking the canal. There is never a dull day with the endless eateries and attractions of central London on the doorstep and all the varied entertainment of the West End just a short tube journey away.
Residents and visitors alike will delight in the sprawling green space of the world-famous Hyde Park, one of eight Royal Parks in London which encompasses 350 acres of stunning lawns, ornamental gardens, tree-lined avenues and the tranquil waters of The Serpentine, where visitors can go boating or cross the bridge into Kensington Gardens, another Royal Park. Leafy Bayswater is also home to plenty of charming garden squares.
There are a variety of state, church and private schools in the area, including Ofsted Outstanding schools Hampden Gurney and Ark King Soloman Academy, as well as a network of popular Montessori schools and nurseries. Highly regarded private institutions include Kensington Park School, Pembridge Hall and Wetherby School. Westminster Academy and Holland Park School are the local state secondaries, while parents of primary aged children can choose from St James & St John CofE, Hallfield Primary and St Mary of the Angels Catholic School. The international schools Hill House and Halycon London cater for families from across the globe, while The College Park School is an inclusive special school for autistic children between 4-19.
One of the best-connected areas in London, the bustling grade I listed transport hub of Paddington Station is the terminus of the Great Western main line and one of the key entry points into London from across the UK, as well as being serviced by four of the capital’s underground lines. Further Zone 1 underground stations include Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate and Queensway on the Central Line, and Bayswater and Edgware Road on the Circle and District Lines. The future arrival of Cross Rail will only strengthen its rail connectivity. There are black cabs and bus routes aplenty, while the A40 allows swift and easy access to the M25 and supporting road network.