Bayswater

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Bayswater
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Bayswater from a Hallfield Estate tower block rooftop, looking south towards Kensington Gardens.
Bayswater is located in Greater London
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Coordinates: 51°30′34″N 0°11′35″W / 51.50950°N 0.19298°W / 51.50950; -0.19298

Bayswater is an area within the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in central London.[1] It is a built-up district located 3 miles (4.8 km) west-north-west of Charing Cross, bordering the north of Hyde Park and having a population density of 17,500 per square kilometre.

Bayswater is one of London's most cosmopolitan areas, wherein a diverse local population is augmented by a high concentration of hotels. In addition to the native English, there is a significant Arab population towards Edgware Road, a large Greek community (attracted by St Sophia's Cathedral, Moscow Road – London's Greek Orthodox Cathedral), many U.S. people and London's biggest Brazilian community.

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.

History[edit]

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."[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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[edit]

Various persons of international renown are frequently reported as buying property in the area, including Claudia Schiffer.

Local politics[edit]

The Bayswater area elects a total six of councillors, to Westminster City Council, three each from the eponymous Bayswater Ward,[4] and Lancaster Gate Ward.[5]

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.

Education[edit]

For education in Bayswater, see List of schools in the City of Westminster.

Nearest places[edit]

Nearest tube stations[edit]

Bayswater station

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

Places of interest[edit]

Hotels in Bayswater[edit]

References in fiction[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London's Places" (PDF). London Plan. Greater London Authority. 2011. p. 46. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  2. ^ [1] observer.guardian.co.uk
  3. ^ L. Perry Curtis jun., ‘Tenniel, Sir John (1820–1914)’ Retrieved 25 February 2014, pay-walled.
  4. ^ "Westminster.gov.UK: Bayswater Ward profile". Bayswater Ward's councillors, boundary map and demographics. Westminster City Council. July 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Westminster.gov.UK: Lancaster Gate Ward profile". Lancaster Gate Ward's councillors, boundary map and demographics. Westminster City Council. July 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Bayswater at Wikimedia Commons