Here’s a suggestion of a 20 to 45 minute walk in our neighbourhood, depending on the options you take!
One of Bayswater’s oldest buildings is The Swan just a few doors from Number 63, originally an eighteenth-century coaching tavern that stood beside a bridge over the now-buried Westbourne river.
On a Sunday morning, all along Bayswater Road opposite Number 63 you will find artists, photographers, jewellers and craft makers displaying and selling their wares, with everything from full sized paintings to postcard size artworks and cameos.
A short distance west is the Lancaster Gate. On the corner with Leinster Terrace, No 100 is where Sir James Barrie wrote ‘Peter Pan.
Carry on up Leinster Gardens, take a left at Leinster Place, cross Porchester and Queensborough Terraces, then take the second left into Inverness Terrace. This brings you out on to Queensway. It’s vibrantly cosmopolitan with a heavy Arab presence. You’ll see Queensway’s finest landmark, Whiteleys shopping centre, founded as a department store in 1851 by William Whiteley. In ‘Pygmalion’, Eliza Doolittle is sent to Whiteleys ‘to be attired’. Currently undergoing refurbishment, the shopping centre is being restored to its former splendor.
The northern end of Whiteleys backs on to Westbourne Grove. A country lane flanked by trees and fields before the 1850s, then a shopping area to rival Oxford Street through until the 1930s, Westbourne Grove is again in the process of transformation. At No 26 is the bookshop Al Saqi Books, Middle Eastern specialists.
You could carry on along the Grove to W11 proper with its ultra-chic fashion outlets. Otherwise swing left down Pembridge Villas for the tube station at Notting Hill Gate to return one stop to Lancaster Gate, or of course, walk back!