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General Information

Bayswater is located in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the name is a derivation of Bayards Watering Place where horses could quench their thirst on their way out or into London and was first documented in 1380. The area remained largely rural and remote until new roads development and residential buildings were constructed around modern day Hyde Park in the 1830’s. Hyde Park is arguably London’s greatest green space and covers 350 acres in prime central London. Running directly north and perpendicular to Hyde Park’s northern border is Queensway. A street historically famous for London’s first department store Whiteleys which, in its former glory, use to battle Selfridges and Harrods for customers.   

Did You know?
American entrepreneur George Francis Train designed the first tram on Bayswater Road, adding a very important chapter to the capital’s transport history.

Looks can be deceiving. From the curb number 24 & 23 Leinster Gardens look like normal white stucco fronted houses but they are only facades. Why? They were built to hide an open section of the London Underground!

A large statue of Peter Pan was erected in 1912 and stands in nearby Kensington Gardens, a location that author JM Barrie took inspiration from. Today it has been converted into a ‘talking statue’, which you can activate using a smartphone. 

Many local streets were named after the River Westbourne, which had waters so pure they were once piped and used as drinking water for the city. When the area was developed the Westbourne River was diverted into underground channels and became one of the ‘lost rivers’ of London.

Green Spaces

Bayswater is a beautiful district with many attractive streets and a several garden squares that are made even more beautiful by a big proportion of the architecture being Victorian white stucco terraces.

One of our favourite garden squares is Cleveland Square which was laid out in 1855 when the formerly rural area was being developed as part of the Paddington Estate. The stucco-fronted houses overlook the private garden square which is provided for residents use only. The present-day garden has play areas, bedding, a privet hedge, and fine London plane trees as well as mature plum and cherry trees while a Jubilee Bed was planted in 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. A meandering path running through the garden has Victorian edged tiles and the railings are post-1960 with the entrance located on the south side. It’s a beautiful square well worth visiting even if you don’t have friends or family living on the square who can provide access to the garden.

It is impossible to discuss Bayswater without mentioning its proximity to Hyde Park which offers lush green meadows and a whole variety of other attractions. Locals can either relax in it or indulge in many activities ranging from swimming, rowing, boating to horse riding. If none of that takes your fancy Speakers’ Corner provides a platform where people can express their opinions. Located on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street, since the mid 1800’s historic figures including Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell have been known to often use the area to demonstrate free speech. In 1872, an act of parliament set aside this part of Hyde Park for public speaking. Today, on a Sunday morning, it is common to find crowds gathering to listen to enthusiasts explaining their views. Anyone can turn up unannounced to speak on any subject provided the police deem their speeches lawful.

Along with Hyde Park nearby Kensington Gardens offers the Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Solar Shuttle, Diana Princess of Wales Playground and Diana Princess of Wales Fountain, the Peter Pan Statue and the Italian Gardens.

Going Out

For British cuisine with some unexpected twists, try Hereford Road (unsurprising located on Hereford Road, W2). Queensway is second only to China Town for its collection of high quality and authentic Chinese restaurants with the most famous being Royal China. The Dim Sum is delicious! Locals return again and again to the traditional Greek restaurant, Halepi (Leinster Terrace, W2) which is also particularly popular with celebrities - Richard Branson has been known to make regular appearances.

There’s certainly no shortage of great watering holes in Bayswater. The Leinster Arms on Leinster Terrace, W2 is a classic British pub with a traditional menu, as is The Victoria on Strathearn Place, W2. If you’re looking for something more upmarket The Cleveland Arms on Chilworth Street, W2, a recently refurbished establishment with ‘posh pub grub’ – the Broccoli is out of this world! If you fancy something a bit more creative try Old Mary’s extensive and tasty cocktail menu on Craven Road, W2.

Take a stroll around Kensington Place where you can view the State apartments, galleries and grounds for a real insight into royal life. From there, you can head over to The Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, which has been championing modern and contemporary art since 1970. For those of a more scientific persuasion, the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum is in Paddington’s St Mary’s Hospital on Pread Street. Visitors are able to see the laboratory in which Fleming discovered penicillin restored to its 1928 condition.

Every Sunday between 8am – 6pm the Bayswater Road becomes one big art gallery, with more than 150 artists and craftspeople exhibiting their works. Incredibly the show has been established for nearly 60 years and is the largest regular open air show in the world!


Tube: Bayswater has several Underground stations in Zone 1, offering Circle, District, Central, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City Line services. It’s is undoubtably one of the most well connected parts of London. 

Rail: Paddington Station provides regular services to the western suburbs and beyond to destinations including Reading, Devon, Cornwall, Bristol and Wales. Another fantastic benefit the Heathrow Express, which will take you to the airport a little over 15 minutes.

Bus: There are superb bus connections to all over London, including the 7 (to Russell Square), the 23 (to Liverpool Street), the 27 (to Chalk Farm), the 70 (to Acton) and the 148 (to Camberwell Green).

Road: Bayswater is a 25 minute drive from the M4 and M25. It is also a short drive from the A40, which leads to the M40 and other great English cities including Oxford and Birmingham. 

Getting away: Great road access means it is only 25 minutes to Heathrow airport or better still jump on the Heathrow Express and get there even quicker!

David's Recommendations

Best Indian – Noorjahan II (26 Sussex Place, W2 2TH)
Best Pub –
The Cleveland Arms (28 Chilworth Street, W2 6DT)
Best Pub for Sunshine:
Brew Dog (Harbet Roadd, W2 1AJ)
Best Coffee –
Urban Baristas (11 Queensway, W2 4QJ)
Best Juice –
Joe & The Juice (45 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UA)
Best Pizza –
Guste Remo (43-45 Porchester Road, W2 5DP)