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Oxford Square

Oxford Square

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

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

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

Speakers' Corner

Speakers' Corner

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

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

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

Jason's Trip

Jason's Trip

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

Little Venice's Canals

Little Venice's Canals

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

Cleveland Square Fireworks

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!

Grosvenor House Hotel

Grosvenor House Hotel

A wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon Champagne tea!

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens

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

Waterside Cafe

Waterside Cafe

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

The Bridge House

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!

Westbourne Gardens

Westbourne Gardens

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

The Duke of York

The Duke of York

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

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

A designer emporium for fashionistas that boasts not just fashion, but beauty and food as well!

The Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music

Prestigious classical music school established by royal charter in 1882.

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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

"The statue of Queen Victoria outside Kensington Palace was carved by her daughter Princess Louise, who was a keen sculptor and artist."

The garden squares in Bayswater really add to the area's charm.

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

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

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  1. Little Venice will charm you with its colourful canals, narrowboats and barges all alongside pretty waterside cafés and restaurants.

  2. Great restaurants and excellent city transport connections

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Accessibility and peaceful environment.

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Child-friendly activities near W2

St. John's Hyde Park

Russian 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

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

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

Serpentine Lido


Outdoor pool so weather dependent. Includes child-safe paddling pool and children's playground. A great place to sunbathe and enjoy the sunshine! 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

Rhyme and Story Time

Paddington 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

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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