Bleeding London: Bayswater

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.

W2 Hyde Park Street crop

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted my future to be grand or quaint.  This next one had a little of both.

W2 Albion Close

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.

W2 North Ride

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).

West carriage drive

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.

waitrose trolley

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Marylebone is much, much nicer 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      You’re right, of course. I wonder if the guy from whom we bought this place is wandering up and down the High Street even now, wistfully imagining the life he could have had in Marylebone.

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      1. Oh he will be crying into his coffee over it, I’m convinced!

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  2. Andrew says:

    Always go for quaint over grand. Character first. Opulence a distant second. Both are out of my budget!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Good advice. Maybe you’ve decided to live in a palazzo in Venice?

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  3. Kim in Fiji says:

    At least the trolley was abandoned, instead of filled with ragged junk and accompanied by a street person!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      If that was the case, I hope the street person found a new start in life and abandoned the trolley joyfully.

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