Inspired by long walks in leafy Kensington Gardens, Peter Pan playwright JM Barrie penned his whimsical masterpiece a stone’s throw from here. This is Bayswater, a beautiful neighbourhood to the north of Hyde Park, where well-to-do Georgian Londoners loved to take the springs and salubrious air of the Bayswater Tea Gardens. It’s still as desirable today – a collection of smart streets and squares an easy walk through the park from the West End and the world-class museums of Kensington. At its heart, tucked in a quiet corner of elegant Lancaster Gate, our townhouse echoes more fanciful times, when the park was a playground for Georgian dandies and everything stopped for afternoon tea. You can, too. Because as you soak up the sights and sounds of an ever-evolving twenty-first century city, it’s good to know you’ve a stylish urban oasis to come home to.
Comforting retreats by night; bathed in soft light by day, these quarters are positively made for relaxation, with views of period homes or the honey-coloured spire of Christ Church opposite for added atmosphere.