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.

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 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 name Bayswater is derived from the 1380 placename "Bayards Watering Place", which in Middle English meant either a watering place for horses, or the watering place that belonged to the Bayard family.[3]

Notable residentsEdit

Local politicsEdit

The Bayswater area elects a total of six councillors to Westminster City Council, three each from the eponymous Bayswater Ward,[10] and from Lancaster Gate Ward.[11]

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 placesEdit

Nearest tube stationsEdit

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),[12] Royal Oak (In Westbourne) and Lancaster Gate (To the east).

Places of interestEdit

References in fictionEdit

See alsoEdit


  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.
  3. ^ Mills, A. D. (1993). A Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford University Press. p. 28. ISBN 0-19-283131-3.
  4. ^ "The Life of Richard Cobden | Online Library of Liberty".
  5. ^ "Portrait of Richard Cobden, MP 1804 - 1865 | Artware Fine Art".
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Interview: Trudie Styler | Magazine | the Observer". Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2006-02-24.
  8. ^ Charlotte Mitchell: Smith, Georgina Castle... Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004/2008) Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ L. Perry Curtis jun., "Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914)" Retrieved 25 February 2014, pay-walled.
  10. ^ " Bayswater Ward profile" (PDF). Bayswater Ward's councillors, boundary map and demographics. Westminster City Council. July 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ " 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]
  12. ^ "Queens Park Hotel Bayswater Tube Station". Retrieved 18 January 2016.

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