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Bayswater Road

Coordinates: 51°30′37.5″N 0°11′6.5″W / 51.510417°N 0.185139°W / 51.510417; -0.185139
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51°30′37.5″N 0°11′6.5″W / 51.510417°N 0.185139°W / 51.510417; -0.185139

Bayswater Road

Bayswater Road is the main road running along the northern edge of Hyde Park in London.[1] Originally part of the A40 road, it is now designated part of the A402 road.


Marble Arch at the Eastern end of the road

In the east, Bayswater Road originates at Marble Arch roadway at the Marble Arch junction,[2] and at its western end it continues into Notting Hill Gate. It is mostly within the City of Westminster but a small portion of the road's western end lies in Kensington and Chelsea.



The road is part of the Via Trinobantia, an old Roman Road, later becoming a turnpike road.[1] Trinobantia in latin translates to Trinity. It had become known as Bayswater Road by the 1860s.[3] The Swan Inn and Black Lion are both on Bayswater Road and were both established in the 18th century.[1] In 1861, George Francis Train experimented with a horse tramway system on Bayswater Road.[4]

Since February 2023, the western end of Bayswater Road has had the joint official name of Kyiv Road, done by Westminster Council as a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine the previous year, as this section of the road runs close to the Russian Embassy. However, the renaming does not apply to addresses on the road,[5] as they have historically been addressed as part of the adjacent street.[6]

Cultural references


J. M. Barrie lived at No. 100 Bayswater Road from 1902 to 1909, where he wrote Peter Pan.[1] The street is where the fictional upper-middle class Forsyte family live in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga.

The Bayswater Road Art Show takes place every Sunday. It is the largest regular open-air art exhibition in the world.[4]

Notable sites




Lancaster Gate and Queensway stations (both on the London Underground's Central line) are located on Bayswater Road. Bayswater tube station is located near Queensway station and is on the Circle and District Lines.

London bus routes 94 and 148 run along the whole length of Bayswater Road. Bus route 274 starts at Lancaster Gate station in the road and serves the eastern part, while bus route 70 serves the western end.




  1. ^ a b c d Weinreb et al. 2008, p. 49.
  2. ^ Google (19 March 2021). "Bayswater Road" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  3. ^ T F T Baker, Diane K Bolton and Patricia E C Croot, 'Paddington: Communications', in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, Hampstead, Paddington, ed. C R Elrington (London, 1989), pp. 174–181. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol9/pp174-181 [accessed 25 January 2020].
  4. ^ a b Weinreb et al. 2008, p. 50.
  5. ^ Lydall, Ross (24 February 2023). "London street to be renamed Kyiv Road to mark first anniversary of invasion". Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Plan TQ2580NE April 1953". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 5 March 2024.
  7. ^ London's Smallest House, retrieved 29 July 2022Published by Robslondon via YouTube on 9th May 2022.