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OS grid reference  TQ255805
Country  England
Postcode district  W2
Post town  London
Region  London
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Dialling code  020
Bayswater httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu

Population  10,300 (2011 Census. Westminster Ward)
UK parliament constituencys  Cities of London and Westminster, Westminster North

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Bayswater is an area within the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in central London. It is a built-up district located 4 miles (6.4 km) west-north-west of Charing Cross, bordering the north of Kensington Gardens and having a population density of 17,500 per square kilometre.


Map of Bayswater, London, UK

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; in particular there is a large Greek community around St Sophia's Cathedral, Moscow Road – London's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, a sizeable French community, Americans and London's largest Brazilian community. There is also a significant arab community present here. The area has attractive streets and garden squares lined with Victorian stucco 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, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun and now largely sold off.

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

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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 Norman associate of the Conqueror who gave his name to Baynard's Castle. 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
  • Brett Anderson
  • Mike Atherton
  • J. M. Barrie, playwright and novelist, author of Peter Pan, and his wife Mary née Ansell, at 100 Bayswater Road
  • Tony Blair
  • Winston Churchill
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • A. J. Cronin
  • Umaru Dikko, former Nigerian minister of transportation
  • Tim Dry has lived in Bayswater since the early 1980s.
  • Ade Edmondson
  • Roger C. Field, inventor and designer whose first home was flat D, 15 Cleveland Square
  • Alexander Fleming
  • Mariella Frostrup
  • Ferdinand de Géramb
  • Reginald Gray (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 Durham Terrace, in the 1940s
  • Alice Hart-Davis
  • Paul Johnson (writer)
  • Dylan Jones
  • Jonathan King
  • Keira Knightley
  • Guglielmo Marconi (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)
  • Rik Mayall
  • Stella McCartney
  • Dermot O'Leary
  • Irfan Orga (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.
  • Ilyich Ramírez Sánchez, known as Carlos the Jackal
  • Jennifer Saunders
  • Paul Simonon
  • Sting occupied a basement flat at 28A Leinster Square in the late seventies during the formative years of The Police. Trudie Styler, now his wife, lived in a basement flat two doors down.
  • Luigi Sturzo Catholic priest and politician. One of the fathers of Christian democracy and a founder of the Italian Peoples Party
  • John Tenniel, artist and cartoonist, was born at 22 Gloucester Place, New Road, Bayswater on 28 February 1820.
  • Various persons of international renown are frequently reported as buying property in the area, including Claudia Schiffer.

    Local politics

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

    Currently, all six are of the Conservative Party, with the Bayswater Ward showing a more than 250-vote Conservative majority (over the Liberal Democrats) and Lancaster Gate being a safe Conservative ward.

    Nearest places

  • Paddington
  • Notting Hill
  • St John's Wood
  • Knightsbridge
  • Little Venice
  • Kensington
  • Nearest tube stations

    The nearest London Underground stations are Bayswater, Queensway, Paddington, Royal Oak and Lancaster Gate.

    Places of interest

  • Whiteleys Shopping Centre
  • Marble Arch
  • Hyde Park
  • St Sophia's Cathedral
  • Opus Dei UK headquarters
  • The Mitre, Bayswater
  • References

    Bayswater Wikipedia