Bayswater is one of London's most cosmopolitan areas, bordering Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in West London. The area’s very popular with tourists – on exiting the tube station this will be made apparent by the array of backpacks on display! One of the best things about Bayswater is the location. Because everything is within walking distance, people flock to live here.
A brief history
Bayswater originally belonged to the Abbey of Westminster when the Domesday Book was compiled. The name originates from a man called Baynard, who was apparently a tenant here after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name was associated with “the common field at Paddington” as being “near a place commonly called Baynard’s Watering.” The area had amazing springs of fresh water, so from this we get “Baynard’s Water” which later became Bayswater.
There are lots of hotels in Bayswater as it’s a tourist magnet, but in and around them are stunning Georgian stucco terraces and peaceful garden squares. These are, in the main, divided up into flats; from luxury to small studios. There are also purpose built apartment blocks dating from the inter-war period.
Bayswater is popular because everything is within walking distance. This means that if you live here, you’ll be very close to Prime London areas. In Bayswater itself, along Queensway and Westbourne Grove, every kind of food is available – from Chinese to Indian to Thai to even Eritrean! Notting Hill is a short walk away with its range of boutiques and famous Portobello Road market on Saturdays. Paddington train station is just around the corner as is Edgware Road, with its fabulous markets, cafes and shops. Bayswater is also close to the West End, where there are lots of shopping options.
The closest tube stations are Bayswater, Queensway, Royal Oak and Lancaster Gate. There are also well connected bus routes. Paddington, a major transport hub, is very near.
On a gorgeous sunny day why not wander into Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and get lost amongst nature?
When it comes to Primary Schools try Fox School, which has an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating. Secondary Schools include Airlie Gardens in Holland Park, which has a good reputation. For private schools, try Pembridge Hall and Lansdowne College.
Five interesting facts about Bayswater
1. Bayswater has London’s highest concentration of hotels.
2. In Leinster Gardens numbers 23 and 24 are fake addresses which act as a false facade to an underground railway.
3. Queensway – a popular area close by – is named after Queen Victoria.
4. Harriet Westbrook, wife of poet Shelley, drowned herself in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in 1816.
5. Rumour has it that Marble Arch was moved far away from Buckingham Palace, as Queen Victoria’s state coach couldn’t get through!
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