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View across Bayswater, looking south towards Kensington Gardens, from the roof of a block on the Hallfield Estate
Bayswater is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
Population10,300 (2011 Census. Westminster Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ255805
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtW2
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
List of places
51°30′34″N 0°11′34″W / 51.5095°N 0.1929°W / 51.5095; -0.1929Coordinates: 51°30′34″N 0°11′34″W / 51.5095°N 0.1929°W / 51.5095; -0.1929

Bayswater is an area within the City of Westminster in West London.[2] It is a built-up district with a population density of 17,500 per square kilometre. It is located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west-northwest of Charing Cross, between Kensington Gardens to the south, Paddington to the north-east, and Notting Hill to the west.

Bayswater is one of London's most cosmopolitan areas: a diverse local population is augmented by a high concentration of hotels. In addition to the English, there are many other nationalities. Notable ethnic groups include Malaysians, Greeks, French, Americans, Brazilians, Italians, Irish, Arabs, and many others.[citation needed]

The streets and garden squares are lined with Victorian stucco terraces, mostly now subdivided into flats and boarding houses. Properties range from 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, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun and now largely sold off.

Queensway and Westbourne Grove are its busiest high streets, both having many international ethnic-cuisine restaurants.


The land now called Bayswater belonged to the Abbey of Westminster when the Domesday Book was compiled; the most considerable tenant under the abbot was Bainiardus, probably the same[dubious ]Norman associate of the Conqueror who gave his name to Baynard's Castle[citation needed]. The descent of the land held by him cannot be clearly traced: but his name long remained attached to part of it;[dubious ] 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."[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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;[citation needed] 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.[dubious ]

Notable residents[]

Local politics[]

The Bayswater area elects a total of six councillors to Westminster City Council, three each from the eponymous ,[9] and from .[10]

Following the 2018 Westminster City Council elections, five members belong to the Conservative Party and one to the Labour Party, with the Bayswater Ward being a split-party marginal and Lancaster Gate being a fully Conservative-held ward.


Nearest places[]

Nearest tube stations[]

Bayswater station

The stations within the district are Bayswater and Queensway. Other nearby stations include Paddington (Bakerloo, Circle and District lines and Circle and Hammersmith & City lines),[11] Royal Oak (In Westbourne) and Lancaster Gate (To the east).

Places of interest[]

References in fiction[]

  • In John le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Liz is a member of the Bayswater South Branch of the Communist Party.
  • In le Carré's Smiley's People, the retired Estonian general turned British spy, Vladimir, lives in a dingy flat on Westbourne Grove.
  • Many of the characters in Samuel Selvon's novel The Lonely Londoners live in Bayswater.
  • The Alfred Hitchcock film Frenzy was filmed in the area.
  • In Martin Amis's Success, the two main characters live together in a flat in Bayswater, which he calls 'the district of transients.'
  • In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Bracknell indicates that the perambulator (carrying Jack, as a baby) was found "standing by itself in a remote corner of Bayswater".
  • In Saki's short story "Cross Currents" (1909), Vanessa Pennington lives on a "Bayswater back street" but would have preferred "smarter surroundings."
  • In Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited, Charles Ryder's father lives in Bayswater.
  • Whiteleys is frequently seen in film, e.g. Love Actually, Closer, and was referred to in My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle is sent "to Whiteleys to be attired" in Pygmalion. It also has Princess Productions' studios on the top floor.
  • Scenes in Alfie (1966) were filmed around .
  • The main character in Iris Murdoch's novel A Word Child, Hilary Burde, has a "flatlet" near Bayswater Tube Station.
  • Scenes in The Black Windmill refer to, and were filmed around, the area.
  • In the Italian comics series Dylan Dog the main character lives in Craven Road.
  • Nick Jenkins meets Uncle Giles for tea at the Ufford Hotel, "riding at anchor on the sluggish Bayswater tide", in The Acceptance World (1955), volume three of A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell.
  • Linda Stratmann's novel The Poisonous Seed is set almost entirely in Victorian Bayswater.
  • In Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation Series, her character Eloise Kelly lives in Bayswater while writing her doctoral thesis.

See also[]


  1. ^ "City of Westminster Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ "London's Places" (PDF). London Plan. Greater London Authority. 2011. p. 46. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
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  5. ^ Maritz, Pieter; Mouton, Sonja (2012). "Francis Guthrie: A Colourful Life" (PDF). The Mathematical Intelligencer. 34 (3): 67–75. doi:10.1007/s00283-012-9307-y. hdl:10019.1/70384. S2CID 121812208. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2006-02-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Charlotte Mitchell: Smith, Georgina Castle... Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004/2008) Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ L. Perry Curtis jun., "Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914)" Retrieved 25 February 2014, pay-walled.
  9. ^ " Bayswater Ward profile" (PDF). Bayswater Ward's councillors, boundary map and demographics. Westminster City Council. July 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ " Lancaster Gate Ward profile" (PDF). Lancaster Gate Ward's councillors, boundary map and demographics. Westminster City Council. July 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Queens Park Hotel Bayswater Tube Station". Retrieved 18 January 2016.

External links[]

  • Media related to Bayswater at Wikimedia Commons
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