When you’re deciding on where to live in London, you’ll need to get a good idea of everything the suburb has to offer: A comparison on the prices, the transport systems and the amenities in the area. If you’ re going to be living in London for the first time it can be can be a challenging experience and you’ll want to get settled into your new London rental as fast as possible so you can start enjoying all that the city has to offer.

West London – Bayswater

Bayswater is an extremely centrally located suburb of London. Bordered by Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, the area is a perfect choice if you don’t want to spend ages travelling to work. Having two of the most magnificent parks in London on the doorstep has meant that prices in Bayswater are rather more pricey than other central areas, but you can find some excellent London flats to rent if you’re prepared to look around. You can expect to pay from £1550 a month for a one bedroom apartment to about £9000 for a four bedroom home.

Council Information: Bayswater falls under the Council Borough of Westminster and annual taxes are reasonable for the city of London, ranging from £500 – £1500.

Transport: The first stop on the London Underground from Bayswater is Paddington which is one of the largest train stations in the country. The Bayswater Tube Station is found on the Circle and District Line and a journey to the city, even in peak time, will not take you longer than about ten minutes. Queensway Station is located right next door to Bayswater Station and runs on the Central Line. The number 94 bus runs to Piccadilly Circus 24/7 or you can catch the 390 to Notting Hill for a day out.

Shopping: All the big shopping brands are represented in Bayswater and Oxford Street is a stone’s throw away. Marks and Spencer’s and Waitrose have large stores in this suburb for all of your shopping needs. Contact the stores directly through their websites to find out about the cost of home delivery.

Doctors: The Bayswater Medical Centre and Newton Medical Centre are an excellent local surgeries (a surgery is the name give to a Doctors office in the UK) and if you’re looking for dentists then the Paddington Dental Centre provides NHS dentistry for all your dental needs.

Other Amenities: Bayswater amenities are mostly found in the Queensway area and you’ll love the Whiteleys Shopping Centre with it’s range and mix of food stores and high street fashion stores. Absolutely perfect for a bit of retail therapy after a hard day out at  picnic in Kensington Gardens!