What to do in the area
Lancaster Gate, Bayswater and surrounding areas offer a huge variety of things to do and to see. This can include horse-riding or picnicking in Hyde Park, taking the children to play in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, browsing for antiques in Notting Hill or indulging the palate on your choice of ethnic cuisine in Edgware Road and Queen’s Way.
Below are some of the most popular attractions nearby. We also provide a concierge service to advise you of the full range of services and facilities in this and other areas of London.
Kensington Palace and Gardens
Originally a private house, public visitors are now warmly welcomed into Kensington Palace – the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana, Princess of Wales between 1981 and 1997. One of the best loved features in the Gardens is the bronze statue of story-book character Peter Pan standing on a pedestal covered with climbing squirrels, rabbits and mice. A seven-mile Memorial Walk which goes through Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park, opened in 2000.
NOTE: Kensington Palace is undergoing a £12 million renovation project. During this time, from March 2010 until January 2012, you can visit The Enchanted Palace exhibition at the palace. For more information visit
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
For children visiting London a visit to the playground commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales is a guaranteed winner. Located in the gardens of Kensington Palace, a short walk from Fountain House, the playground offers all the drama and fun to be enjoyed on board a pirate ship and in mermaids’ fountains, Indian wigwams and tree houses. The playground is designed to cater for able bodied as well as disabled children and provides enough seating and comfort for accompanying grown-ups. A café offers a range of treats, including a children’s menu.
Found in the middle of leafy Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, The Serpentine Gallery provides a platform for contemporary artists, both British and international, with frequent changing exhibitions.
Within easy reach of the apartments is Notting Hill, one of London’s trendiest areas famous for Europe’s biggest annual street party, Notting Hill Carnival, and Portobello Road antiques and flea market. Whatever your interest, it holds much in the way of entertainment, shopping and dining. For more information visit
For the art connoisseur the Wallace Collection in nearby Hertford House is worth a visit. Now a national museum, it features works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace. The collection is best known for its paintings by artists including Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Velázquez and one of the finest collections of 18th century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes outside France.