A locals' guide to W2
"After 2 minutes in Hyde Park, you forget you're in the middle of the world's greatest city!"Christopher Sellwood
"Adjoining Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and its gardens offer a beautiful backdrop for days out in the sun."Rebecca Boon
"London's beautiful back garden, Hyde Park offers an idyllic escape from city life."Christopher Sellwood
Where do W2 locals go?
A pretty spot in which to relax and eat lunch on a sunny day, just off Edgware Road.
Submitted by Aicha
In a corner of Hyde Park you can find a place where there is total freedom of speech!
Submitted by Sam
A charming cafe inside a boat on the Paddington Branch of the Regent's Canal.
Submitted by Dean
A tour guide canal boat service from Little Venice to Camden Lock, with commentary on the history of Regent's Canal.
Submitted by Dean
Little Venice's Canals
Picturesque walks and barge spotting along the waterways....
Submitted by Hayley
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!
Submitted by Stuart
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!
Submitted by Dean
The Duke of York
A really cosy pub with traditional interiors, this place is a great little spot.
Submitted by Aicha
The Royal College of Music
Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.
Submitted by Marcin
Breakfast, pastries and afternoon tea, this delightful restaurant is part of a small, well loved chain, where you feel right at home.
Submitted by Edvin
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 cafés and restaurants."
"Great restaurants and excellent city transport connections"
"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."
"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."
"Accessibility and peaceful environment."
What do you like about W2?
Did you know?
"The statue of Queen Victoria outside Kensington Palace was carved by her daughter Princess Louise, who was a keen sculptor and artist."
Child-friendly activities near W2
New Mum New YouMickey 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
St. John's Church PlaygroupSt. 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
Outdoor pool so weather dependent. Includes child-safe paddling pool and children's playground. A great place to sunbathe and enjoy the sunshine! Website
First Touch FCHyde 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
Growing up in KensingtonKensington 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
St. John's Hyde ParkRussian Speaking Playgroup
The Russian Speaking has returned to St John's after the summer holiday. There are crafts and toys for the children to play with and then part way through the group sing songs with a Russian folk singer, some English language and some Russian. There are then snacks which the children sit down to eat together at a table. Website
Rhyme and Story TimePaddington Childrens Library
Songs and rhymes for babies and toddlers. Enjoy a session with songs and rhymes, baby play time with toys and musical instrument. Website
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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