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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
Population 10,300 (2011 Census. Westminster Ward)
OS grid reference TQ255805
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district W2
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
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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. 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.

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 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." 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.

Nearest places

Nearest tube stations

Bayswater Tube Station London
Bayswater station

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

Places of interest

  • 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 Russian major 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 Chepstow Road.
  • 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.
  • The Poisonous Seed a novel by Linda Stratmann 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.


Notable residents

  • Damon Albarn
  • Brett Anderson
  • Mike Atherton
  • J. M. Barrie, playwright and novelist, and his wife, Mary, lived at 100 Bayswater Road.
  • Tony Blair
  • Winston Churchill
  • Richard Cobden, lived on Westbourne Terrace
  • 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.
  • J. B. Gunn, physicist, lived with his mother, the Freudian psychoanalyst L. F. Gunn/Grey-Clarke, at 14 Durham Terrace, in the 1940s
  • Francis Guthrie, whose observations led to the Four color theorem
  • 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
  • Queen Noor of Jordan
  • Dermot O'Leary
  • Irfan Orga, exile and 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.
  • Nick Ross
  • Ilyich Ramírez Sánchez, terrorist 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.
  • Georgina Castle Smith (pseudonym Brenda), children's writer born and bred in Bayswater
  • Luigi Sturzo, Catholic priest and politician, and one of the fathers of Christian democracy and a founder of the Italian People's Party (1919)
  • John Tenniel, artist and cartoonist, was born at 22 Gloucester Place, New Road, Bayswater on 28 February 1820.
  • Jeremy Thorpe

See also

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