St Sophia’s Cathedral (Moscow Road, Bayswater) – St Sophia’s Cathedral was the first Orthodox Church in London, built in the seventeenth century to serve the first Greek community in the area. Designed by architect, John Oldrid Scott, the church was consecrated on February 5, 1882, by the Archbishop of Corfu.
Luxury Serviced Apartments in Bayswater: if a central London location, good transport links and magnificent views of Hyde Park appeal to you, then look no further. Fountain House is a beautiful property offering 17 serviced apartments situated right across the road from Hyde Park (opposite Lancaster Gate tube station) and within minutes from Paddington Station and the Heathrow Express.
This is the perfect base from which to explore and enjoy the capital with London’s many attractions close by. Fountain House is close to the shopping hub of Oxford Street, world-famous restaurants of Queensway, fashionable Notting Hill, Edgeware Road and convenient transport links are on the doorstep. All the apartments are designed for comfort and equipped with modern amenities, including broadband, satellite television, fully-fitted Kitchens and 24-hour monitored security by Reception desk.
LUXURY CAR TRANSFER SERVICE
We provide high class vehicles to help you get around London and to your destination. Airport transfers can also be arranged. All vehicles are climate controlled, immaculately cleaned and driven by efficient professional chauffeurs. To book please contact Reception.
Bayswater is one of London’s most cosmopolitan areas, home to a very eclectic and diverse population. The area is lined with Victorian stucco terraces, attractive streets and garden squares. Aside from easy access to Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Notting Hill and Westfield Shopping Centre, Bayswater’s biggest advantage is its convenient location for travel links in and out of London and in particular, Heathrow Airport. The Heathrow Express runs from Paddington (mainline) Station every 15 minutes (see below for more information).
A Short History: Previously belonging to the Abbey of Westminster, the name ‘Bayswater’ is believed to have originated from Bainiardus, an associate of William the Conqueror (who was crowned the first King of England in 1066) who also gave his name to Baynard’s Castle. The area became known as ‘Baynard’s Watering’ and later become abbreviated to Bayswater, was a remarkable source of spring water, supplying Baynard’s household and cattle.
Many famous residents have lived within this area through the decades, including Alexander Fleming (the inventor of penicillin), Winston Churchill, Tony Blair, Keira Knightley, Sting and the artist Sir John Tenniel (Alice in Wonderland sketches).
- Museums, Galleries & Places of Interest
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising – if packaging, logos and advertising is your thing or you’re studying marketing, this museum is worth a visit. Around the corner from Portobello Market the collection holds over 12,000 items and displays the history of consumer culture from the Victorian era up to the present day.
Marble Arch – Built in the 19th Century, the Marble Arch was founded as the state entrance to the cour d’honneur of Buckingham Palace. Originally only members of the Royal Family and the King’s Troop were permitted to pass through, which today still happens on ceremonial occasions. However, for visitors, it’s a popular landmark located at the top of Oxford Street (and a good meeting point if needed).