Bayswater: A Guide to the Area

Where is it?

As all estate agents in W1 will tell you, Bayswater is situated within the City of Westminster and lies in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  A predominantly residential area, Bayswater sits to the North of Hyde Park and is sandwiched by Marylebone and Notting Hill.  As our estate agents know, Bayswater is directly to the West of Fitzrovia and is simply a couple of stops away on the tube.

Did you know?

Bayswater was originally owned by the Abbey of Westminster, as detailed in the Book of Domesday.  Bayswater today now has the largest number of hotels of any region. It is thought that the term ‘Bayswater’ dates back to 1380 and derives from ‘Bayards’ Watering Place’ which was the name of the stream that flows under Uxbridge Road.

Getting about

Residents of Bayswater are spoilt for choice.  As estate agents in Fitzrovia, we always use the large selection of public transport on offer to get about.  There are five underground stations in Bayswater: Notting Hill Gate, Royal Oak, Queensway, Lancaster Gate and of course Bayswater.  The five stations offer connections via the Circle, District, Central and the Hammersmith and City Line.  Residents also benefit from easy access to the nearby Paddington Overground station which has extensive transport links to across the country.

Things to do

Hyde Park has a jam packed calendar of events year round, from concerts to fun runs. There is something for everyone, however for those of you looking for something a little more relaxing, the famous Whiteleys shopping centre is the place to head.  Constructed in 1912, the store used to be known as the place one could purchase everything from ‘a pin to an elephant’.


Opened in October 2007, Hereford Road (on Hereford Road!) occupies a site that was once a Victorian butcher’s shop.  This highly acclaimed restaurant champions British food and is a must for anyone in the area.  For those of you on a health kick, try Daylesford Organic Café on Westbourne Grove where the menu is changed seasonally and the focus is on fresh, organic produce.

Meet up hotspot

The Swan on Hereford Road is an 18th Century coaching inn, famous for its terrace bar and location (just across the road from Hyde Park!).

What’s on offer?

As estate agents in W1 will know, Bayswater is one of the move diverse areas of London, with an eclectic and extensive range of property on offer.  Traditional streets and garden squares are juxtaposed with inter-war, purpose built large apartment blocks.  The majority of Bayswater however is made up of Georgian, stucco fronted houses which are either divided up into flats or have retained their original layout.  More recent developments also characterise the area, such as the 650 unit Hallfield Estate, designed for the council by Sir Denys Lasdun.  The range of properties on offer means the area is a melting pot of culture, wealth and ethnicity – giving Bayswater its reputation of being one of the most cosmopolitan areas in London.

For families there are a huge range of good schools on offer, from St James & St John’s Church of England Primary School to the prestigious Westminster Academy Secondary School.  Furthermore, the selection of parks available locally makes for an ideal combination of city living with green space.

For young professionals Bayswater offers extensive transport links which means easy commutable distance to all parts of London.


As all estate agents in W1 will tell you, Bayswater is a fantastic area with so much to offer its residents.  From traditional white terraced houses to Whitley’s shopping centre, Bayswater has it all.  To find your perfect property in the area, please contact Davis Brown estate agents, Fitzrovia to find out more.

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