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W2 area guide

Postcode district: W2

Location

The northern boundary of the postcode district W2 is slightly above Westway, incorporating the areas of Lisson Grove and Little Venice. To the east it is demarcated by Maida Vale, Edgware Road and Park Lane. To the south the area encompasses Hyde Park, and stops just short of Kensington Road, and to the west it is demarcated by Pembridge Road and Pembridge Villas. It is in the city of Westminster.The W2 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bayswater, Bayswater Station, Bryanston and Dorset Square, Campden, Church Street, City Of Westminster, Edgware Road Station, Hyde Park, Kensington And Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, Lancaster Gate, Lancaster Gate Station, Little Venice, London, Paddington Station, Pembridge, Queensway Station, Royal Oak Station, Westbourne.

History

Hyde Park covers 350 acres, and is one of the largest open spaces in London. Through the middle of the park runs the Serpentine, and on the western side is Round Pond. The park is generally considered to incorporate Kensington Gardens (although technically this is separate). The park is also famous for Speakers’ Corner, and has been the location of numerous protests and public demonstrations, ranging from the Suffragettes to the IRA. The area of Hyde Park was acquired by Henry VIII and was used as a deer park for hunts. It was opened up to the public under Charles I in 1637.

Present

In the north of the postcode district is Little Venice and on the eastern border there are parts of Maida Vale and Edgware Road. Little Venice is a desirable area, whose name was coined by Robert Browning, obviously due to the canals in the area. As a result of the waterways here, there are a number of houseboats. However, the term Little Venice also refers to the surrounding streets of white stucco houses, such as those on Howley Place and Westbourne Terrace Road. Nearby Maida Avenue is largely residential, comprising predominantly large Edwardian houses, which, in line with the vast majority of substantial London properties, have been sub-divided into numerous flats. Edgware Road itself is distinctly Middle Eastern with a number of Lebanese Restaurants and Shisha bars, shops and businesses. It is also a busy main road, and is not known for its residential property. However, to its west the areas of Paddington and Bayswater have a significant amount of expensive residential property, in addition to shops, hotels and restaurants. Bayswater, at the centre of the postcode district, is a particularly diverse area of London, that has gained particular popularity with Arabs, Greeks, Americans and Brazilians. It is known for its impressive Georgian terraces and garden squares. However, many of these have now been converted into hotels or divided up into flats. Property in this area can reach phenomenal prices of several million pounds for a house, and almost £100,000 for a parking space. A five bedroom house on Palace Court can attract asking prices of up to 8 million pounds, while in Sussex Square you can get slightly more for your money, with a 9 bedroom house with 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms attracting asking prices of 7 million pounds. Connaught Square is another highly prestigious location, which mostly comprises four storey Georgian town houses, which surround a green central square. Unsurprisingly, the square has attracted many famous names over the years. Examples include Tony Blair and DJ Paul Oakenfold. Hallfield Estate is a large Council estate located in Baywater, comprising 800 flats. However, many of these became property of the council tenants through the Right to Buy Scheme, and have since been resold as ex-local authority property. Other ex-Local Authority blocks with some of the lowest prices in the area include Bourne Terrace, a high rise block with one bedroom flats demanding asking prices of approximately £170,000, and Woodchester Square, where a two bedroom flat could demand an asking price of just over £200,000. A three-bedroom ex-Local Authority flat will cost a little more at £300,000 in Hall Place .