Bayswater is an area of west London
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 in the City of Westminster
City of Westminster
The City of Westminster is a London borough occupying much of the central area of London, England, including most of the West End. It is located to the west of and adjoining the ancient City of London, directly to the east of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and its southern boundary...

 and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a central London borough of Royal borough status. After the City of Westminster, it is the wealthiest borough in England....

 to the west . It is a built-up district located 3 miles (4.8 km) west-north-west of Charing Cross
Charing Cross
Charing Cross denotes the junction of Strand, Whitehall and Cockspur Street, just south of Trafalgar Square in central London, England. It is named after the now demolished Eleanor cross that stood there, in what was once the hamlet of Charing. The site of the cross is now occupied by an equestrian...

, bordering the north of Hyde Park
Hyde Park, London
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London, United Kingdom, and one of the Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers' Corner.The park is divided in two by the Serpentine...

 over Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens, once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, is one of the Royal Parks of London, lying immediately to the west of Hyde Park. It is shared between the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The park covers an area of 111 hectares .The open spaces...

 and having a population density of 17,500 per square kilometre.

Bayswater is one of London's most cosmopolitan
World citizen
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 areas wherein a diverse local population is augmented by a high concentration of hotels. In addition to the ancestral Britons, there is a significant Arab
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 population towards Edgware Road, a large Greek
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 community attracted by London's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, many Americans and London's main Brazil
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ian community.

The area has attractive streets and garden squares lined with Victorian stucco
Stucco or render is a material made of an aggregate, a binder, and water. Stucco is applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid. It is used as decorative coating for walls and ceilings and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture...

 terraces, mostly now subdivided into flats and boarding houses. The property ranges from very expensive apartments to small studio flats. There are also purpose-built apartment blocks dating from the inter-war period as well as more recent developments, and a large council estate, the 650-flat Hallfield Estate
Hallfield Estate
The Hallfield Estate is one of several modernist housing projects in London designed in the immediate post-war period by the Tecton architecture practice, led by Berthold Lubetkin. Following the dissolution of Tecton, the project was realised by Denys Lasdun and Lindsay Drake in the 1950s...

, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun and now largely sold off.

Queensway (London)
Queensway is a bustling cosmopolitan street in the Bayswater district of west London. It contains many restaurants , pubs, letting agents, and high street stores...

 and Westbourne Grove
Westbourne Grove
Westbourne Grove is a retail road running across Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a section of west London, England. It runs from Kensington Park Road in the west to Queensway in the east, crossing over Portobello Road...

 are its busiest main street
High Street
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s, both having many ethnic-cuisine restaurants.


The land now called Bayswater belonged to the Abbey of Westminster when the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
Domesday Book , now held at The National Archives, Kew, Richmond upon Thames in South West London, is the record of the great survey of much of England and parts of Wales completed in 1086...

 was compiled; the most considerable tenant under the abbot was Bainiardus, probably the same Norman
The Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Norse Viking conquerors of the territory and the native population of Frankish and Gallo-Roman stock...

 associate of the Conqueror
William I of England
William I , also known as William the Conqueror , was the first Norman King of England from Christmas 1066 until his death. He was also Duke of Normandy from 3 July 1035 until his death, under the name William II...

 who gave his name to Baynard's Castle
Baynard's Castle
Baynard's Castle refers to buildings on two neighbouring sites in London, between where Blackfriars station and St Paul's Cathedral now stand. The first was a Norman fortification constructed by Ralph Baynard and demolished by King John in 1213. The second was a medieval palace built a short...

. The descent of the land held by him cannot be clearly traced: but his name long remained attached to part of it; and, as late as the year 1653, a parliamentary grant of the Abbey or Chapter lands describes "the common field at Paddington" as being "near a place commonly called Baynard's Watering." In 1720, the lands of the Dean and Chapter are described to be the occupation of Alexander Bond, of Bear's Watering, in the same parish of Paddington. It may therefore fairly be concluded that this portion of ground, always remarkable for its springs of excellent water, once supplied water to Baynard, his household, or his cattle; that the memory of his name was preserved in the neighbourhood for six centuries; and that his watering-place now takes the abbreviated name Bayswater.

Notable residents

  • Damon Albarn
    Damon Albarn
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  • Brett Anderson
    Brett Anderson
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  • Mike Atherton
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  • J. M. Barrie
    J. M. Barrie
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    , playwright and novelist, author of Peter Pan
    Peter Pan
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    , and his wife Mary née Ansell, at 100 Bayswater Road
  • Tony Blair
    Tony Blair
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  • Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill
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  • A. J. Cronin
    A. J. Cronin
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  • Ade Edmondson
  • Alexander Fleming
    Alexander Fleming
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  • Mariella Frostrup
    Mariella Frostrup
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  • Reginald Gray
    Reginald Gray (artist)
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     (Irish Artist) lived with his wife Catherine at 105a Queensway from 1958 to 1963.After their divorce in 1975 Catherine married jazzman Chris Barber.
  • J. B. Gunn, physicist, lived with his mother, the Freudian psychoanalyst L. F. Gunn / Grey-Clarke, at 14 Dunbar Terrace, in the 1940s
  • Alice Hart-Davis
    Alice Hart-Davis
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  • Dylan Jones
    Dylan Jones
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  • Jonathan King
    Jonathan King
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  • Keira Knightley
    Keira Knightley
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  • Guglielmo Marconi
    Guglielmo Marconi
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     (the pioneer of wireless communication) lived at 71 Hereford Road between 1896 and 1897 with his mother upon arrival in England (marked by a Blue Plaque
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  • Rik Mayall
    Rik Mayall
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  • Stella McCartney
    Stella McCartney
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  • Dermot O'Leary
    Dermot O'Leary
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  • Irfan Orga
    Irfan Orga
    İrfan Orga was a Turkish fighter pilot, staff officer, and author, writing in English. He published books on many areas of Turkish life, cookery, and history, as well as a life of Atatürk, and a universally admired autobiography...

     (exile, writer) lived at 29, 35 and 21 Inverness Terrace from 1942 until the mid fifties, publishing his memoirs Portrait of a Turkish Family in 1950.
  • Paul Simonon
    Paul Simonon
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  • Sting occupied a basement flat at 28A Leinster Square in the late seventies during the formative years of The Police. Trudie Styler
    Trudie Styler
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    , now his wife, lived in a basement flat two doors down.

Various persons of international renown are frequently reported as buying property in the area, including Claudia Schiffer
Claudia Schiffer
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Local politics

The area elects six councillors to Westminster City Council, currently all Conservative. Three are elected from the wards of Bayswater, where the Conservatives have a majority in excess of 250 votes over the Liberal Democrats. Three are also elected from Lancaster Gate, which is a safe Conservative ward, represented by leader of the Council Simon Milton
Simon Milton (politician)
Sir Simon Henry Milton was a British Conservative politician. He lately served as London's Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, and before that was a leader of Westminster City Council and Chairman of the Local Government Association.-Early life:Milton was the son of Clive and Ruth Milton and was...


Nearest places

  • Paddington
    Paddington is a district within the City of Westminster, in central London, England. Formerly a metropolitan borough, it was integrated with Westminster and Greater London in 1965...

  • Notting Hill
    Notting Hill
    Notting Hill is an area in London, England, close to the north-western corner of Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea...

  • St John's Wood
    St John's Wood
    St John's Wood is a district of north-west London, England, in the City of Westminster, and at the north-west end of Regent's Park. It is approximately 2.5 miles north-west of Charing Cross. Once part of the Great Middlesex Forest, it was later owned by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem...

  • Knightsbridge
    Knightsbridge is a road which gives its name to an exclusive district lying to the west of central London. The road runs along the south side of Hyde Park, west from Hyde Park Corner, spanning the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea...

  • Maida Vale
    Maida Vale
    Maida Vale is a residential district in West London between St John's Wood and Kilburn. It is part of the City of Westminster. The area is mostly residential, and mainly affluent, consisting of many large late Victorian and Edwardian blocks of mansion flats...

  • Little Venice
  • Kilburn

Nearest tube stations

The nearest London Underground stations are Bayswater
Bayswater tube station
Bayswater is a London Underground station in the Bayswater area of the City of Westminster. It is served by the Circle and District lines, but is closed until 23rd of August for engineering works. It's between Notting Hill Gate and Paddington stations, in Travelcard Zone 1...

, Queensway
Queensway tube station
Queensway is a London Underground station on the Central Line, just inside the boundary of the City of Westminster with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is at the junction of Queensway and Bayswater Road, and is northwest of Kensington Gardens...

, Royal Oak
Royal Oak tube station
Royal Oak tube station is a station of the London Underground, on the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines, between and stations. The station is on Lord Hills Bridge and is in Travelcard Zone 2 for the London Underground. Although not heavily used at other times, the station is extremely busy...

 and Lancaster Gate
Lancaster Gate tube station
Lancaster Gate is a London Underground station located on the Central Line near Lancaster Gate on Bayswater Road in Bayswater , to the north of Kensington Gardens. It is between Queensway and Marble Arch on the Central line and is in Travelcard Zone 1.-History:Lancaster Gate station was opened on...


Places of interest

  • Whiteleys Shopping Centre
    Whiteleys is a shopping centre in London, England. It was London's first department store, located in the Bayswater area. The store's main entrance was located on Queensway.-History:...

  • Marble Arch
    Marble Arch
    Marble Arch is a white Carrara marble monument that now stands on a large traffic island at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane, and Edgware Road, almost directly opposite Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park in London, England...

  • Hyde Park
    Hyde Park, London
    Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London, United Kingdom, and one of the Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers' Corner.The park is divided in two by the Serpentine...

  • St Sophia's Cathedral
  • Opus Dei
    Opus Dei
    Opus Dei, formally known as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei , is an organization of the Catholic Church that teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity. The majority of its membership are lay people, with secular priests under the...

     UK headquarters

Hotels in Bayswater

  • umi Hotel London
    Umi hotels
    umi Hotels is a budget hotel chain that is based in Leinster Square in Bayswater, London. They have hotels in London, Brighton and Moscow.-History of umi Hotels:...

  • Hempel Hotel
    Hempel Hotel
    Hempel Hotel is a luxury 5-star hotel in London, England. It is located at 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens to the north of Hyde Park off Bayswater Road. It is a small boutique hotel with Zen inspiration, designed by noted designer Anouska Hempel. The design of each of the hotel's 35 rooms centres around...

  • Queens Park Hotel

See also

  • In reference to the Bayswater river, refer to River Westbourne
    River Westbourne
    The River Westbourne is a river in London, England. It flows from Hampstead down through Hyde Park to Sloane Square and into the River Thames at Chelsea...

  • Aeroford
    The Aeroford was an English automobile that was manufactured in Bayswater, London from 1920 to 1925. The Aeroford was an attempt to make the Ford Model T more attractive by disguising its appearance with a unique bonnet and radiator grille....

     - automobile manufactured in Bayswater
  • Leinster Gardens
    Leinster Gardens
    Leinster Gardens is a street in Bayswater, London. It has two false façades at numbers 23 & 24, constructed at the time of the original steam engine-hauled underground railway that had a short section exposed to the surface....

     - a false façade
    A facade or façade is generally one exterior side of a building, usually, but not always, the front. The word comes from the French language, literally meaning "frontage" or "face"....

     on this street hides a London Underground
    London Underground
    The London Underground is a rapid transit system serving a large part of Greater London and some parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex in England...

     line from view
  • Craven Hill Gardens
    Craven Hill Gardens
    Craven Hill Gardens is a garden square bordering the Paddington and Bayswater areas within the City of Westminster, London. It largely consists of Victorian era properties now either hotels or residences, but is notable for the presence of , an upmarket hotel, and Kenneth Frampton's , an...

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