One of English film director Ken Russell’s first pieces of work was an extremely personal one for him, set in the Bayswater house he used to live in and featuring the people he lived with, titled ‘A House in Bayswater’. The film was first screened in 1960, and provided an excellent snapshot of life in a large Victorian house.
Bayswater’s artistic and cultural connections have always been strong, and the area became flooded with an artistic and literary set from the mid-19th century. It’s a vibe that still pervades today.
Here are just a few things to do in creative Bayswater:
Bayswater Road Sunday Art Exhibition, 10am-6pm
Every Sunday, whatever the weather, the Bayswater Road is transformed into the world’s liveliest open air art show. With no fewer than 250 different artists exhibiting thousands of different works, from oil paintings, acrylics, watercolours, drawings and pastels to sculptures in wood and metal, collages and many more, you will be spoilt for choice! All exhibits are for sale directly at studio prices and you can take your purchase home immediately.
Odeon Cinema, Whiteleys, Queensway, W2
Within the impressive Grade II listed Whiteleys Shopping Centre in Bayswater is the Odeon Cinema, offering all the latest movies for all ages. Whether you want to view the latest blockbuster movie or enjoy some of the special screenings, which include watching with a new baby, cheaper weekend/holiday showings for families, movies for the over 55s (including a hot drink and snack), and even Bollywood and South Asian cinema, there is something for everyone.
The Canal Café Theatre, Bridge House, Delamere Terrace, W2
The Canal Café Theatre sits on top of the Bridge House pub, close to the Regent’s Canal, and has been running since 1979. This 60 seater venue offers an intimate style of entertainment, including one man shows, stand-up comedy, cabaret and musicals. With a varied schedule of shows on a year-round basis and the opportunity for a pre-theatre meal or drink in the pub below, it offers culture vultures a brilliant local venue.
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