The quaint area of Bayswater has long been associated with London’s elite, the proud townhouses of West London lining the Regency style streets. With a long spanning history of Victorian legends and noble birthplaces, Bayswater, Little Venice and Paddington have always attracted tourists. This is in part because of the proximity to the legendary Paddington train station, offering up routes into many parts of the UK. What’s more, the area has played host to a wide range of luxury yet affordable hotels, such as the Metropolis London Hyde Park.
With such central accommodation, it wouldn’t be surprising if you wanted to partake in some shopping at the nearby high streets. Whether for souvenirs or for your own hunger for fashion, the shops near the Park Grand London Hyde Park are a must visit. With such a gorgeous range of shopping opportunities in Paddington, you’ll wonder why you ever trekked it to Oxford Street in the first place.
Alfies Antique Market
Taking inspiration from Portobello Market, Alfies antique market is one of the largest indoor markets in West London. Here you can find an eclectic mix of vintage jewellery, antique furniture and tidbits for your home. With 40 years of history, Alfie’s is located in what used to be Jordan’s department store and is designed to reflect Egyptian architecture. The bohemian chic atmosphere fits in well within the confines of the stylish Paddington area, and has become something of a legend in the borough. If you’ve a hankering for homeware or a sweet tooth for trinkets, Alfies Antique Market is a must.
L’artisan du Chocolat
This Westbourne Grove based chocolate shop is a beautiful example of gourmet chocolate at its best. Catering to all chocolatey tastes (sweet mostly), L’artisan has been up and running for 20 years now. The shop itself sources its milk from the Kentish countryside, and handcrafts many of its products, ensuring a unique and personal touch. Whether it’s a chocolate in the shape of jewellery or a birthday cake, L’artisan du Chocolat is one of the finest purveyors of chocolate in the world.
The Paddington Bear shop
Based in Paddington, the Paddington Bear shop brings the famous Michael Bond character to its native and titular streets. With a nearby Paddington Bear statue, the shop sells everything Paddington, from teddy bears to books, and is the perfect place to pick up a present for the youngster in your life, (or in yourself)!
Lutyens and Rubinstein
This independent bookshop and literary agency is one of the best examples of boutique and quaint arts stores in the country. With a focus on children’s books and poetry, the bookshop has garnered a large following, in part because of the cute coffee shop and welcoming atmosphere. Based on Kensington Park road with workshops, talks and book signings on a monthly basis, this is a book worms paradise, right in the heart of West London.
A classic example of a London boutique, the Dresser is located on Porchester Place and houses some of the finest second hand vintage wares in the city. WIth designer dresses and clothes from Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Dior, you can expect only the finest of second hand clothes, alongside eclectic bargains and a stylish interior. The Dresser has been known to take in the clothes of celebrities too, Eric Clapton noted as leaving his old clothes to the shop on several occasions.