I didn’t meet the man from whom my husband and I bought our Marylebone maisonette. When we moved here in the nineties, the vendor had already moved out, to a house in Bayswater. For a few years we forwarded mail to his new address in Hyde Park Gardens Mews. Since then I’ve had a daft notion that it’s a natural progression to move from Marylebone to Bayswater. So I enjoyed walking round that area for the Bleeding London photography project, choosing my potential new home.
I couldn’t decide whether I wanted my future to be grand or quaint. This next one had a little of both.
The big attraction of Bayswater isn’t really the attractive buildings – it’s the proximity to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, through the entrances on Bayswater Road.
I had an excuse for a stroll through the park, because the Bleeding London list of streets (based on the London A-Z) includes routes across the park, like North Ride (above, for horses) and West Carriage Drive (below, for vehicles).
I don’t think I will rush to move away from Marylebone. Bayswater isn’t perfect, with its own share of abandoned shopping trolleys. Although they do come from a higher class of supermarket.