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Moving to Bayswater (London) - How is the neighborhood?

Old Jul 29th, 2014, 06:47 AM
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Can't Americans consider anything except poshness and likelihood to get stabbed?

Yes, nasty neighbors.
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Old Jul 29th, 2014, 08:27 AM
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Hi FLANNER,

Sorry, faulty pronoun reference - I meant that MAIDA VALE is a "high rent district." At least it looked that way when strolling from the Warwick Tube to Little Venice. Let's say that Camden is quite colorful and funky.

"Can't Americans consider anything except poshness and likelihood to get stabbed?" That was an unkind cut... but whatever.

PATRICK LONDON, thanks for your gracious explanation. We "Americans" have a lot to learn I guess. Still love London.
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Old Jul 29th, 2014, 08:35 AM
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I live in woolwich but wouldn't consider plumstead desirable!!!!
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Old Jul 29th, 2014, 09:02 AM
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Having "lived" in Bayswater, one "block" west of Queensway for a week recently, I think I would second flanner's assessment. As a tourist I found the choice of eateries and restaurants and their food on Queensway quite nice and the proximity to the Central and District lines quite convenient, but I'm not sure that I would want to live there. Especially not in the posh enclave sort of in between Queensway and Portobello Rd which looked a bit too artificially nice, with not much around to do. At least I spotted more Maseratis than pubs. But maybe I just always took the wrong turns...
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Old Jul 29th, 2014, 09:26 AM
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>>I live in woolwich but wouldn't consider plumstead desirable!!!!<<

Sorry, Plumstead <i>Common<i>. See, that's why you have to be careful with names.
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Old Jul 29th, 2014, 09:59 AM
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I have stayed in Bayswater as a tourist and really liked it a lot. I find it odd that someone says it would not be good for tourists. It was great -- I was within a block or two of Lancaster Gate tube, so very convenient for getting around (not to mention buses and Paddington Station to the airport--the airport bus used to stop right along Bayswater Rd, also). But I was just off Bayswater Rd on a side street so it wasn't noisy. And Hyde Park was very nearby, which was nice. Lots of good cheaper Indian and other restaurants and there was a pub just a half block away -- The Swan I think it was called (it's still there at 66 Bayswater Rd). http://swanbayswater.co.uk/

It was a very pleasant area compared to the area around the theaters, Bond St, etc., that real hectic tourist area, and cheaper. Maybe not so great to live there, but as a tourist, I thought it was terrific. I've stayed there twice as a tourist.
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Old Jul 29th, 2014, 10:15 AM
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Phew - you startled me for a second Patrick
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Old Jul 29th, 2014, 11:11 AM
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Hi Everyone! Thanks for all the feedback-

My postcode, by the way is W2 6JL
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Old Jul 29th, 2014, 12:18 PM
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<Can't Americans consider anything except poshness and likelihood to get stabbed?>
Now that you mention it, flanner, probably not.

Terribly entertaining writing, btw. Keep up the good work.
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mayharrison; that's a great location. Close to Queensway station, with Central Line, and Bayswater (Circle Line). Waitrose supermarket is a few minute's walk. Close to the park. And nearby is the Porchester Centre, with pool, gym and spa.
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