Bayswater

East of Notting Hill Gate Tube station, Notting Hill turns into Bayswater, characterized by wide streets lined with imposing white stucco terraced houses. Traditionally given over to cheap B&Bs, many are being converted back to private homes as the area continues to gentrify. The eastern end of Westbourne Grove and the streets around it are known for their excellent restaurants, particularly Chinese, Lebanese, and Greek. On Queensway, Bayswater’s main street, Whiteleys, originally a huge department store built in 1912, has been converted into a shopping center containing a luxury movie theater, restaurants (try Le Café Anglais for a swanky evening out), a bowling alley, and, of course, shops.

Nearby Paddington station is as well known for its association with the world’s most famous marmalade fan, Paddington Bear, as it is for being one of London’s most handsome rail terminals.

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