LOCATIONS AND HISTORY
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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 lived at a fictional 221B Baker Street address. Baker Street underground station is one of the world's oldest and has many tube lines and connections. Probably the best word to describe this area is 'convenient'.
Bayswater was initially developed as a fashionable residential suburb in 1827 with wide streets, crescents and squares planned on either sides of the main boulevards, Westbourne Terrace and Sussex Gardens Bayswater is in Zone 1 and the nearest London Underground stations are Bayswater, Queensway, Royal Oak and Lancaster Gate. The great expanse of Hyde Park's landscaped English parkland is close by.
DORSET SQUARE NW1
PRIVATE 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. Buyers pay a premium to live on the square and have exclusive access to the private gardens.
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. pitches for team games, tennis courts, tracks for horse riding and a children’s playground. Hyde Park is also 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 the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.
LITTLE VENICE W9
Little Venice offers tranquillity, waterfront cafés and pubs and beautiful homes in central London. With its calming atmosphere and easy access to the canal you can catch a boat trip to Camden Lock & London Zoo. For those who prefer land, a stroll along the canal or a visit to The Clifton nursery. 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 (Bakerloo line), making it a very sought after and attractive residential area.
MAIDA VALE W9
Maida Vale lies to the west of Marylebone and St. John’s Wood. White stucco fronted villas situated around well-tended communal gardens, wide avenues, large terraced houses and mansion flats. Blomfield Road and Maida Avenue homes are made more attractive by their proximity to the willow-lined canal, which runs between the two. Popular roads also include Randolph Avenue, Warrington Crescent & Sunderland Avenue. 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. Maida Vale is served by the Bakerloo Line underground station.
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 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, the fashionable shops of Marylebone High Street and its designer boutiques and cafés. Marylebone is characterised by fine Georgian terraces, distinguished mews houses and attractive garden squares, bordered by generously proportioned Victorian portered mansion blocks. 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 is the prime 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. Here you can find some of London’s most exclusive hotels, including Claridges, The Grosvenor and The Dorchester. You will also find some of London’s most stylish and world renound restaurants, 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.
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. 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. 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. Paddington is in Zone 1 and is on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo Tube lines. Heathrow Express trains take approx 15 minutes to the airport
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. 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.
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, today, most of St. John’s Wood is a designated Conservation Area. Houses include classical Regency style, detached villas and stucco-fronted terraces. 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 world 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.
SWISS COTTAGE NW3
Swiss Cottage is a district of the London Borough of Camden in London and centred on the junction of Avenue Road, Finchley Road and Swiss Cottage tube station. Local major hotels include Marriott Regents Park, Danubius Regents Park. 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. South Hampstead railway station and Finchley Road & Frognal railway station overground are also nearby.