West Kensington area guide

We always have plenty of studio flats to rent in West Kensington and here we have put together a West Kensington area guide for tenants who don’t know this great area.

West Kensington area guide

West Kensington area guide

Where is West Kensington?

To start this West Kensington area guide we need to orientate ourselves. West Kensington is a very nice residential neighbourhood just to the West of Central London. it is just in Zone 2 on the tube map and is on the eastern edge of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

West Kensington area map:

West Kensington is surrounded by other very desirable neighbourhoods. To the East is Earls Court, a vibrant area with lots of good restaurants and a popular tourist area. To the South is Fulham which is a very smart residential neighbourhood and popular evening destination. To the West is Hammersmith which is another smart residential neighbourhood and also a transport hub and the location of may large businesses.

West Kensington is also close to Kensington High Street, which has some of the best shopping in London, and Kensington Olympia where there is a large exhibition hall.

West Kensington Transport Links

One of the things that makes West Kensington so popular with professionals is it’s excellent transport links to the rest of London and beyond.

West Kensington tube station is on the District Line, one stop from Earls Court, and on the branch that goes to Ealing Broadway and Richmond. The District Line travels into Central London and joins the Circle Line to cover the whole of the centre of the city.

West Kensington area guide

As well as West Kensington tube station there is Barons Court tube in the area, which is on the District and Picadilly lines. The Picadilly Line goes directly out to Heathrow airport, and straight in to London’s West End and City.

As well as the tube stations West Kensington is very well served by bus routes into and out of town. There is also the A4 road that runs through the area. This is a major route into Central London and out to Heathrow airport and the West of London.

Shopping eating and drinking in West Kensington

There is a great range of shopping options in the area. Around Barons Court tube station there are sone very nice shops and cafes including the excellent H G Walter butchers.

Near to West Kensington tube station there are lots of shops including a Tesco Express and a Sainsburys Local and the huge 24 hour Tesco Superstore on Cromwell Road is very close too.

The area is very well serviced by some excellent eating and drinking options. The Curtains Up pub is an excellent watering hole and place to eat in the centre of West Kensington on Comeragh Road. The Famous 3 Kings pub is a very large pub on North End Road that bills itself as ‘London’s Best Sports Pub’, and if the crowds that pack it on match day are anything to go by it probably is! There is also the very tasty and popular Turkish restaurant Best Mangal.

Other attractions

West Kensington also boasts the exclusive Queens Tennis Club where the prestigious Aegon Championships are held every year in June the week before the Wimbledon championships.

Normand Park is a lovely and recently revamped open space that adds to the list of hidden away oasis’s in the area such as Marcus Garvey Park.

Flats in West Kensington

Due to it’s great central location, excellent transport links and wealth of attractions, West Kensington is a very popular area to live. The majority of the housing is flats (apartments) which makes it very popular area with young professionals.

Most of the streets of West Kensington are extremely attractive. Many are made up of imposing white stucco fronted regency houses or large red brick Victorian and Edwardian residences.

Prices are much more reasonable than just a few streets away in Earls Court which is is Zone 1. Double studio flats start at about £200pw and large studios are about £250pw.

Red Residential are London’s Studio Flat Specialists and we always have several studios available in West Kensington. If you are looking for a studio then check out our latest availability and register your details with us or just send us an email!

 


So that is our West Kensington area guide! we do cover other areas of West & Central London so check out our other area guides. We also have lots more useful posts on renting in London in our blog.

Bayswater area guide

We like to give our tenants as much local info possible on the areas we have our flats in, so here is our Bayswater area guide. We hope you find it useful!

The Red Residential Bayswater area guide

Located just North of Hyde Park in the West of Central London, Bayswater is a very attractive, popular and cosmopolitan neighbourhood next to the other fashionable areas of Notting Hill and Marble Arch. Bayswater has a great mix of smart residential streets and excellent shopping areas, and of course direct access to the gorgeous Kensington Gardens.

Much of the housing in Bayswater is made up of smart and large white stucco fronted buildings, that are 4 or 5 stories high. These buildings are often split up into flats and many are arranged around very attractive garden squares such as this one below:

The Bayswater area guide- Queens Gardens, Bayswater W2
Queens Gardens, Bayswater W2

There are also a lot of hotels in the Bayswater area as it is a very popular place for tourists to base themselves when exploring London. This is because Bayswater is central, has good transport links to the rest of the city, and is a attractive and safe neighbourhood.

Most of the attractions, facilities, shops, cafe’s, pubs and restaurants in Bayswater are found clustered around the street of Queensway and the area around Paddington Station. Queensway is a bustling thoroughfare with Kensington Gardens at one end, and boasts 2 tube stations (Queensway on the Central Line and Bayswater on the District & Circle Line), a huge variety of resturants, bars and cafe’s and the large Whitleys shopping centre.

The Bayswater area guide- Queensway, Bayswater W2
Queensway, Bayswater W2

The excellent transport links of Queensway are only beaten by Paddington Station which is one of London’s main train stations. Here there are several tube lines, overland trains to the suburbs and beyond to the West of England and Wales, and the very useful Heathrow Express which is the fastest way to get to London’s main airport. The station offers everything you would expect form a large terminus and there is a good choice of Hotels and restaurants etc. in the surrounding streets.

Here are our 5 favourite places and things in Bayswater!

  1. Whiteleys- large shopping centre with everything you could need. There is a cinema, M&S, internet access, lots of cafe’s and restaurants, lots and lots of shops and even a bowling alley.
  2. Kensington Gardens (Hyde Park)- one of the best parks in any city anywhere in the world! A wonderful place to relax and unwind at any time of the year.
  3. Some of the best restaurants in London- The Royal China and Mandarin Kitchen in Queensway (Chinese), Khans in Westbourne Grove (Indian), Helepi in Leinster Terrace (Greek), Satay House in Sale Place (Malaysian), Rodizio Rico in Westbourne Grove (Brazilian), Le Cafe Anglais in Whiteleys (French)… the list goes on…
  4. Beautiful architecture- the grand white buildings of Bayswater are very smart, particularly when arranged around a well maintained garden square.
  5. Great transport links- with tube stations at Queensway (Central Line), Bayswater (District & Circle Line), Paddington (District & Circle Line, Bakerloo Line, Hammersmith & City Line) the area must be one of the best connected in the whole of London. In addition there is overland services and the Heathrow Express form Paddington and a huge number of buses to every corner of the capital.
So that is it! We hope that you found our Bayswater area guide useful. Please feel free to make comments and add your own favourite things and places in Bayswater. Of course if you are looking for a place to rent in the area no better place to look than our website. Here are some of our properties in the Bayswater area: