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BAKER STREET NW1

Baker Street is in the Marylebone district of the City of Westminster of London and is named after William Baker, who laid the street out in the 18th century. The street is most famous for its connection to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who lives at a fictional 221B Baker Street address. Baker Street underground station is one of the world's oldest surviving underground stations.
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BAYSWATER W2

Bayswater was initially developed as a fashionable residential suburb when, in 1827, the surveyor to the Bishop of London laid out the area between Praed Street, Edgware Road and Bayswater Road. This layout consisted of an inter-related pattern of wide streets, crescents and squares planned on either sides of the main boulevards- Westbourne Terrace and Sussex Gardens. Bayswater is very much a culturally diverse are and one of London's most architecturally traditional areas, with pillared Georgian terraces and neat garden squares, and the great expanse of Hyde Park's landscaped English parkland almost on the doorstep. Edgware Road is the middle-eastern hub of the area, and in summer the air is rich with the scents of Okacbasi barbecues and shisha pipes and full of the sounds of Middle Eastern and North African music. Bayswater is in Zone 1 and the nearest London Underground stations are Bayswater, Queensway, Royal Oak and Lancaster Gate.

 

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DORSET SQUARE NW1

GARDEN SQUARE

Dorset Square is the central feature of an urban layout planned by the Portman Estate (1815-20). The square, architecturally still intact, was laid out on the site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground, established in 1787.

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HYDE PARK

Hyde Park is said to be one of the greatest city parks in the world. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) and with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow and ornamental flower gardens. Hyde Park in London has something for everyone. You can enjoy swimming, boating, cycling and skating. There are pitches for team games, tennis courts, tracks for horse riding and a spectacular children’s playground. The Park has two lakeside restaurants which are licensed and serve everything from a three-course meal to a quick cup of coffee. Hyde Park is home to a number of fascinating buildings and monuments, such as The Serpentine Bridge, the Joy of Life fountain and the famous Archiles statue. And with the Diana Memorial Fountain and open air events throughout the year, there’s always something to see and do. If you’re out and about on Sunday, head to Speaker’s Corner to hear London’s most vocal orators share their opinions with the world.

 

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LITTLE VENICE W9

 

Little Venice is one of the best places to find tranquillity, waterfront cafés and pubs, and beautiful homes in central London. The prime location with easy travel to the West End, combined with its calming atmosphere make it a very sought after and attractive residential area.

 

The combination of access to the canal and great shops and restaurants means that there is a variety of leisurely activities in Little Venice both on land and water. For those who enjoy being on water, there is great boat trip to Camden Lock & London Zoo. For those who prefer land, a stroll along the canal, or a visit to The Clifton nursery, the oldest garden centre in London, are both enjoyable options. At the Canal Café Theatre, you can take in a variety of performances.


There are also some great restaurant, bars and cafés in the area, including the Warwick Castle, a traditional pub that is a popular destination for residents and celebrities.

 

Blomfield Road and Maida Avenue are where the majority of the luxurious white 17th century stucco mansions are located. Also of note is Warwick Avenue, which is home to some very grand properties, and is conveniently close to the tube station.

 

The Little Sweethearts Montessori School is a popular nursery choice in the area. For primaries, two popular choices are St. Saviour’s Church of England Primary School and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, with the The King Solomon academy nearby.

 

Warwick Avenue Underground station and nearby Maida Vale station, both on the Bakerloo line, and a good bus service in the area. There is also the exciting option of the Waterbus service that operates from Little Venice to Regent’s Park and London Zoo.

 

MAIDA VALE W9

Maida Vale lies to the west of Marylebone and St. John’s Wood. The southern part of Maida Vale around Paddington Basin, a junction of two canals, is known as Little Venice. The canals and their colourful houseboats have made the area hugely attractive to buyers. Largely undamaged by the Blitz, most of the properties here date from the 1840s and 1850s. White stucco fronted villas situated around well-tended communal gardens, wide avenues, large terraced houses and mansion flats – some with large shared gardens behind – are all characteristic of the area. Blomfield Road and Maida Avenue homes are made more attractive) by their proximity to the willow-lined canal, which runs between the two. Drawn by the appeal of waterside living, Maida Vale has had its fair share of celebrity residents. Smart shops line Maida Vale side streets and the famous Portobello Road market is nearby with a wealth of antiques, memorabilia and other collectibles and Westbourne Grove and Notting Hill are also within close proximity. Essedine Primary School and Naima Jewish Preparatory School are just two of the excellent schools in this area. Maida Vale is served by its own Bakerloo Line Underground station, and a number of useful bus routes. Paddington Station is close by, offering overground services to the west.

 

MARYLEBONE W1

Marylebone gets its name from the church of St Mary’s (now Marylebone Church) which once stood on the banks of the river Tyburn. The small stream now runs underground to meet the Thames at Vauxhall Bridge. The area is located north of Oxford Street, west of Fitzrovia, and east of Regent’s Park. Primarily a residential area, it is also home to the medical epicentre of Harley Street with its multitude of doctors and surgeons and the fashionable shops of Marylebone High Street, playing host to the designer boutiques and cafés of Marylebone High Street, with some of London’s finest eateries such as The Orrery. The area is served by numerous buses, the Overland station at Marylebone and Underground stations at Regent’s Park (Bakerloo); Baker Street (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo and Jubilee); Bond Street (Central and Jubilee); Marble Arch (Central); Marylebone (Bakerloo); Edgware Road (Hammersmith and City, District, Circle and Bakerloo) and Oxford Circus (Victoria, Central and Bakerloo). Marylebone is characterised by fine Georgian terraces, distinguished mews houses and attractive garden squares, bordered by generously proportioned Victorian portered mansion blocks. The Sylvia Young Theatre School and The Royal Academy of Music, can be found in Marylebone. Queen’s College London is an excellent all girls’ school with pupils ranging from nursery age right up to sixth form, Portland Place School takes boys and girls from the age of 10, and Abercorn School caters for Nursery through to Preparatory School children. St Vincent’s Primary School and St Marylebone School are both excellent state schools. Marylebone has become one of the most sought-after locations within Central London. The eclectic mix of specialist shops, restaurants and bars on the High Street has created an almost village feel amidst the hustle and bustle of Central London.

 

MAYFAIR W1

Mayfair, the land between Regent Street, Oxford Street, Park Lane and Piccadilly is regarded as the true heart of London living. Georgian thoroughfares dominated by three large squares: Grosvenor, Hanover and Berkeley. Most of the architecture is 18th century, with much of it restored in the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you can also find some of London’s most exclusive hotels, including Claridges, The Grosvenor House Hotel and The Dorchester. Here you can also find some of London’s most stylish and world renound restaurants are frequented by  both local and overseas people,  China Tang, Le Gavroche, Scott’s, Sketch, Le Caprice’s, Gordon Ramsay’s at Claridges and Nobu to name but a few. Transport links include Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly and Green Park underground stations to the south, Marble Arch, Bond Street and Oxford Street to the north, together with some of London’s best bus routes. 
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PADDINGTON W2

The area of Paddington is perhaps most famous for a small bear from Peru that was found on the station bearing the tag: “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and any child who has read Michael Bond’s books knows, this is how ‘Paddington Bear’ was created. The district of Paddington is located between Edgware Road to the east, Bayswater Road to the south and Paddington Green to the north and encompasses Bayswater, Westbourne Green and parts of Notting Hill with some of the most popular roads being Hyde Park Gardens, Connaught Square, Albion Street, Gloucester Square, Queen’s Gardens and Cleveland Square. Paddington has quite an eclectic mix of houses and flats. There are large flats in converted terrace houses in Hyde Park Square, Westbourne Terrace and The Lancasters in Lancaster Gate. In the roads between Praed Street and Sussex Gardens there are small, early Victorian terrace houses. The Hyde Park Estate has streets and squares of postwar houses and terraces. Paddington Waterside is a large regeneration project around the Grand Junction Canal basin and on former railway lands, with a mixture of office buildings and residential blocks. Paddington is in Zone 1 and is on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo Tube lines. Heathrow Express trains take 15 minutes to the airport, and a new Crossrail station is being built on the western side of Paddington station.
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REGENTS PARK NW1

Originally Henry VIII ‘s hunting ground The Regent’s Park has remained Crown property ever since. In the early 1800s architect John Nash designed a vast rounded park, surrounded by palatial terraces and a lake to transform it into the grand park it is today. The spacious stucco-fronted terraces around the exterior of the park are probably the most recognisable architectural feature of the area. Each is highly ornamental, featuring breathtaking facades decorated with porticoes, pediments and statues. Nash also designed a number of grand detached villas within the park, many of which are still private residences, and an enclave of slightly smaller villas, known as Park Village West, on the outskirts of the park. Within the park itself, there are numerous sporting facilities, the beautiful Queen Mary’s Gardens, London Zoo, The Wallace Collection,  and the Open Air Theatre, whilst neighbouring Camden, Primrose Hill and Marylebone offer residents a multitude of opportunities for shopping and eating out. Though there are a number of high profile Univeristies in the Regent’s Park area, The London Business School, Regent’s College and these are amongst the most respected private higher education colleges offering a variety of courses, including degrees at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Numerous bus routes and its own underground station serve Regent’s Park. Alternatively, Camden Town, Marylebone and Great Portland Street are all close by.

 

ST JOHNS WOOD NW8

Once upon a time a forest owned by the Knights of the Order of St. John Jerusalem then the hunting grounds of Henry VIII, now St. John’s Wood is one of the capital’s most cosmopolitan areas. Most of St. John’s Wood is designated a Conservation Area and its houses are listed by English Heritage. This means that there is a rich choice for house hunters, including classical Regency style, many detached villas and the stucco-fronted terraces so popular in Belgravia. The most popular streets include Prince Albert Road for elegant flats with views over Regent’s Park, Avenue Road for its grand mansions and Hamilton Terrace for tranquillity. The word famous Beatles’ album cover was taken outside Abbey Road Studios. Boutique shopping and gourmet eateries, plus Lord’s Cricket Ground home to cricket and Regent’s Park, with its boating lake and the Regent’s Canal, are all on the doorstep. There are three top prep schools in the area. The Roman Catholic St Christina’s School, predominantly for girls up to 11; Abercorn School, a mixed school for 2 to 13 year-olds; and the excellent boys-only Arnold House School. There’s also the highly popular American School in London. St. John’s Wood Underground station is on the Jubilee line, for the City and Canary Wharf. Maida Vale station is on the Bakerloo line, with direct access to the West End.

SWISS COTTAGE NW3

Swiss Cottage is a district of the London Borough of Camden in London. It is centred on the junction of Avenue Road and Finchley Road and is the location of Swiss Cottage tube station. Swiss Cottage/Finchley Road is identified as a district centre in the London Plan and there are assorted shops the length of the Finchley Road.  Local major hotels include Marriott Regents Park, Danubius Regents Park and Hampstead Britannia Hotel. There are many smaller hotels in the area. Notable restaurants that include European, South-East Asian and Japanese cuisine. Adjoining neighbourhoods include Hampstead Village to the North East, Chalk Farm and Camden Town to the South East, Belsize Park to the East, St John's Wood to the South and West Hampstead to the West. Regent's Park is within walking distance of Swiss Cottage.

The area is served by Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road tube stations on the Jubilee line of the London Underground and is a local hub for London Buses. South Hampstead railway station and Finchley Road & Frognal railway station on London Overground are also nearby.