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A locals' guide to W2

"I love walking around Bayswater and looking at the elegant Georgian architecture."

Rebecca Boon

"After 2 minutes in Hyde Park, you forget you're in the middle of the world's greatest city!"

Christopher Sellwood

"London's beautiful back garden, Hyde Park offers an idyllic escape from city life."

Christopher Sellwood

What is your favourite place?

Where do W2 locals go?

Speakers' Corner

In a corner of Hyde Park you can find a place where there is total freedom of speech!

Oxford Square

A pretty spot in which to relax and eat lunch on a sunny day, just off Edgware Road.

Cleveland Square Fireworks

Fireworks night at Cleveland Square Gardens is fantastic for W2 residents! A yearly main event and one not to missed. Fireworks mixed in with dance music!

Hyde Park

Stunning views at sunset in London's back garden....

Hyde Park

Early morning runs are not too painful with sights like this!

Kensington Gardens

The perfect spot for a game of rounders in the summer...

Jason's Trip

A tour guide canal boat service from Little Venice to Camden Lock, with commentary on the history of Regent's Canal.

The Bridge House

Classic pub food using fresh ingredients and a cosy atmosphere. The building is shared with the Canal Cafe Theatre, so pop upstairs for some fantastic acting!

Waterside Cafe

A charming cafe inside a boat on the Paddington Branch of the Regent's Canal.

Grosvenor House Hotel

A wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon Champagne tea!

Little Venice's Canals

Picturesque walks and barge spotting along the waterways....

Westbourne Gardens

Springtime is beautiful in one of London's many garden squares!

The Duke of York

A really cosy pub with traditional interiors, this place is a great little spot.

The Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.


Breakfast, pastries and afternoon tea, this delightful restaurant is part of a small, well loved chain, where you feel right at home.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Paddington, Bayswater, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Mayfair, Marylebone, South Kensington, Notting Hill, Sloane Square and Victoria

What do you love about W2?

Why do you find W2 a great place to live?


"Little Venice will charm you with its colourful canals, narrowboats and barges all alongside pretty waterside caf├ęs and restaurants."

February 2015


"Great restaurants and excellent city transport connections"

January 2015


"Its fantastic restaurants, entertainment and being just within walking distance of Oxford street and the main tourist amenities for when family visits. Fast links to the airport in the area make going away such a breeze."

January 2015


"I came to London for vacation and it's the best place for shopping, dining and until late the area is full of people. Everything is nearby. I love staying in central London. The whole place is full of life and refreshing."

December 2014


"Accessibility and peaceful environment."

August 2013


What do you like about W2?

Let us know

"23 and 24 Leinster Gardens are not what they seem - a false facade blends in with the neighbouring properties and hides the railway tracks behind. This outside section allowed fumes to escape from the tunnels at a time when the trains were steam powered."

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Child-friendly activities near W2

New Mum New You

Mickey Star Nursery
New Mum New you is a free post natal exercise and nutrition programme - Weekly sessions run by a registered Dietitian and Physical Activity specialist. Energy boosting workouts. Helpful tips on nutrition for you and your baby. Website

Hyde Park Stables

Hyde Park Stables
Hyde Park Stables offer adults and children group and private horse rides, horse riding lessons and arena lessons, all year round, in Hyde Park London. We ride on horses and ponies chosen for their safe temperament, catering for riders of all abilities. Previous experience is not necessary. There are five miles of bridleways, and two outdoor riding arenas for more formal horse riding lessons, dressage, and jumping for children. Website

St. John's Church Playgroup

St. John's Church Playgroup
For many year's St John's has hosted an Under 5's playgroup. There is lots of space for children to play and playgroups make friends and provides a social contact for parents and carers. As well as toys there are sometimes songs and stories. Having enjoyed it so much, parents have come back for a post-school group once a week. There is also an increasing community of Russian speakers which are coming together once a week to tell Russian stories and sing Russian songs alongside English stories and songs. There are therefore now playgroups three mornings a week! Website

First Touch FC

Hyde Park
First Touch FC run a wide variety of football courses for children of all ages and abilities. Our goal is to provide comprehensive weekly football training that allows junior players to develop their footballing abilities and build confidence in their skills. Website

Baby Bop

The Commander
Baby Bop is an exciting new dance class for pre school boys and girls and their parent or carer. We look at many styles of dance from Broadway and Tap to Disco and Latin, and to make our classes fun for both and child we only play the coolest music in town. Website

Growing up in Kensington

Kensington Palace
Jump into the shoes of Princess Victoria and find out about her life as a child at Kensington Palace. Families can play, explore and learn together in these free one-hour creative play workshops for 4 to 7-year-olds. Children will learn through hands-on activities and stories. Website

Westbourne Park Family Centre

Creative Session
Opposite Royal Oak tube station next to Children's Library, activites are term time only. Please see the website for up to date timetable information or contact direct for details. Website
  1. About W2

    W2 is the postcode district in West London incorporating the areas of Paddington, Bayswater, Hyde Park, Westbourne Green, Little Venice (part), Westbourne Green, Notting Hill and is covered by the Westminster, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea local authorities.

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