London area of W2 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's W2 neighbourhood

The 350-acre Hyde Park dominates the W2 district of London, not to mention the giant Paddington Station and Bayswater. Hyde Park is technically divided into two parts by the Serpentine Lake: the original Hyde Park area and Kensington Gardens. The park has become a traditional location for mass demonstrations. The Chartists, the Reform League, the Suffragettes and the Stop The War Coalition have all held protests here through the ages, and many protestors on the Liberty and Livelihood March in 2002 began their route from Hyde Park. It's also been the venue for some famous rock concerts, including the world famous Live 8 concert series, and every summer some of the biggest bands take part in Hard Rock Calling, a weekend festival in June. The park will play its part in the London Olympics in 2012, hosting the triathlon and the 10 km open water swimming events. The W2 area is also notable for the Paddington Railway Station, a mammoth terminus for train services to the west of England, including the Heathrow Express.

See our recommended nearby W2 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

W2 Hotels

in or near W2
Lancaster London Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Lancaster Terrace, W2
The Lancaster London nestles up against Hyde Park - the perfect place for your morning stroll. Views are most notable from the top floor executive rooms ... More
 
 
 
London Elizabeth Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
4 Lancaster Terrace, W2
The London Elizabeth Hotel is located right at the edge of Hyde Park, giving it close proximity to the centre of London. A privately owned family ... More
 
 
 
The Royal Park Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
3 Westbourne Terrace, W2
Oozing sophistication this mid-19th-century townhouse strikes a traditional English tone.Furnished with Georgian and Victorian furniture,every bedroom is decorated with meticulous attention to detail.Beaudesert four-poster beds and ... More
 
 
 

W2 Entertainment

in or near W2
Studio Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
North Westminster Community School North Wharf Road, W2, London W2
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UCI
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
2nd Floor, Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Queensway, W2, London W2
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Odeon Whiteleys
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Queensway, Bayswater, W2, London W2
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W2 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near W2
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Art Work Space: The Hempel Hotel
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, W2, London W2
Art Work Space is an independent art gallery on the lower ground floor of The Hempel hotel, showcasing emerging artists working in a variety of media ... More
 
 
 
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Subway Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
1 Edgware Road Subway, W2, London W2
Take the pedestrian subway below Edgware Road and Harrow Road and you'll come across a hidden corner of culture in the Subway Gallery. Situated under landmarks ... More
 
 
 
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Serpentine Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Kensington Gardens, W2, London W2
The Serpentine Gallery is closed for refurbishment and will reopen on Saturday 8th June 2013 with the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Sou Fujimoto. Found in ... More
 
 
 

W2 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's W2
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ME & EM
London > Shopping > Ladies Fashion
21 Connaught Street, W2, London W2
Tatler loves this place, Vogue calls them "the loungewear wizards", and Nicola Formby wishes she'd known about ME & EM (previously called the Pyjama Room) when ... More
 
 
 
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Markus Coffee Company
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
13 Connaught Street, W2, London W2
Huge sacks brimming over with coffee beans of every different variety decorate the floorboards of this historic establishment. Savour the smells of freshly roasted and ground ... More
 
 
 
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The Dresser
London > Shopping > Clothing
10 Porchester Place, W2, London W2
Eric Clapton regularly donates his clothes to The Dresser. That should give you an idea of the stylish second hand gear available here. High end designer ... More
 
 
 

W2 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near W2 London?
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Angelus Restaurant
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
4 Bathurst Street, W2, London W2
Most recently the Archery Tavern pub, this restaurant close to Hyde Park stands in what was originally a stable block in the 19th century. There's not ... More
 
 
 
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Nipa
London > Restaurants > Thai restaurants
Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, , W2, London W2
Thai cuisine. ... More
 
 
 
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Island Grill
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Lancaster Terrace, W2, London W2
The Island Restaurant & Bar occupies an enviable spot within the Royal Lancaster Hotel, its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Hyde Park. The food choices are reasonably priced, ... More
 
 
 

W2 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London W2.
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Victoria
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10a Strathearn Place, W2, London W2
High up on a wall, behind the counter of this opulent, smart Victorian pub is a clock dated 1864. A framed copy of the Sun newspaper ... More
 
 
 
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The Windsor Castle
London > Nightlife > Pubs
27-29 Crawford Place, W2, London W1H
Certainly one of the oddest and most patriotic pubs in London, The Windsor Castle is more a museum to the essence of old-fashioned Englishness than a ... More
 
 
 
Swan
London > Nightlife > Pubs
66 Bayswater Road, W2, London W2
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W2 Nightlife

W2 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Lancaster London Hotel
London > Nightlife > Bars
Lancaster Terrace, Bayswater, W2, London W2
The Royal Lancaster Hotel includes two restaurants Nipa, a Thai restaurant, and Island Restaurant and Bar, a stylish contemporary split-level space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Hyde ... More
 
 
 
The Gyngleboy
London > Nightlife > Bars
27 Spring Street, W2, London W2
Bar ... More
 
 
 
The Mitre
London > Nightlife > Bars
24 Craven Terrace, W2, London W2
Set in the heart of Bayswater and only 50 metres from Hyde Park, the Mitre is a beautiful Grade II listed pub popular with regulars and ... More
 
 
 

W2 Leisure

W2 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Kensington Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Princes Square, W2, London W2
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical and historical terms one huge, merging expanse. Almost every kind of outdoor pursuit takes ... More
 
 
 
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Hyde Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Rangers Lodge, W2, London W2
Technically two different parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are in practical terms one huge, merging expanse. The 'split' dates back to 1728 when Queen Caroline, ... More
 
 
 
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Pensioners' Playground
London > Leisure > Activities
Hyde Park Pavilion Tennis and Bowls Centre, W2, London W2
It's not just kids who get a playground all to themselves. The over-60s can enjoy their own dedicated space in Hyde Park where London's first ever ... More
 
 
 

W2 Education

in or near W2
SKOLA International Community School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
12 Porchester Place, Marble Arch, W2, London W2
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City of Westminter College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
City of Westminster College , Paddington Green, W2, London W2
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City of Westminster College (Evening Classes)
London > Education > Evening Classes
25 Paddington Green, W2, London W2
Huge selection of vocational courses, in large, central London college. Good for computing. Opportunities to study for GCSEs and A-levels.... More
 
 
 

W2 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near W2.
Lancaster London
London > Business > Venue Hire
Lancaster Terrace, W2, London W2
Though the interior of this hotel is undoubtedly impressive, it is the views that keep loyal customers coming back, with stunning vistas stretching out across the ... More
 
 
 
Best Western Mornington Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
12 Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, W2, London W2
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Corus Park Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1-7 Lancaster Gate, W2, London W2
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