Bayswater Area Guide

Brief history to Bayswater

Bayswater is a vibrant and cosmopolitan area in Central and West London and home and the only residential Ice Rink in the city. It has the highest concentration of hotels within the capital, which makes it an incredibly diverse and exciting district in which to reside.

Bayswater was once the name for the former Paddington Metropolitan District. Taking part of its name from William the Conqueror's soldier Baynard who was the districts biggest tenant and is thought to have held land in the district till as late as 1653. Bayswater was renowned for its spring waters hence the final part of the districts name. One particular spring in Conduit Field supplied water to the city from as early as 1439.

By 1807 Bayswater was still a small hamlet famous for its water, tea gardens and the lying-in hospital, which later was to be, renamed Queen Charlotte and is still in operation in the area today. The 1800s saw rapid development in the area and began to attract artistic and literary figures.

There is a rather unique story to two of the areas town houses situated at 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens. It is thought that behind these facades there are no actual houses. In the 1930s tickets were sold to an event held at the addresses only for guests to find they had been duped.

Types of Property in Bayswater

The largest part of Bayswater is made up of Georgian stucco terraces and garden squares, though most have now been converted into apartments. Luxury 1930s mansion blocks, pretty mews houses and larger properties are located off Cannaught Square and recently the area has seen a few new small residential developments.

As with several areas in Central and West London, Bayswater retains staying power, once moved into the area residents often upgrade or downsize without moving away.

A handful of villas and cottages dating from the 1820s and 1830s can be found alongside grandiose Italianate terraces of the mid-century and are located in the Bayswater conservation area established in 1967 and extended in 1978.

Average rental prices

The average rental cost of a studio flat is in the region of £240 per week, a one bedroom flat or apartment you would expect to pay in the region of £532.75 per week and a two bedroom is in the region of £867.75 per week.

Council Tax banding in Bayswater ranges from A – £451.16 to H – £1,353.48. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Bayswater

Bayswater attracts many first time buyers who want to replicate the glamour of Notting Hill but at an affordable cost. Successful young professionals and families are also drawn to the area, with excellent public transport links, green areas and amenities; it is rapidly becoming a popular area of Central and West London.

With a political pull both Winston Churchill and Tony Blair have both resided in the area and more recently contemporary artists such as Kiera Knightley and Jennifer Saunders.

What to do in Bayswater

Bayswater is bustling with activity, Saturday and Sunday are particularly busy days on Queensway in the heart of the district. The Queens Ice Rink, the only residential ice rink in London is situated in the area and Queensway market is just outside the tube station.

Bayswater is in walking distance of both Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens for those seeking a little taste of the country and a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Queensway.

There is an abundance of choice for those wanting fine dining, Masala on Bishop Bridge Road is the top Indian cuisine in the area. Alanouk is a gorgeous Persian dining experience on Westbourne Grove, due to its popularity we would advise that you book in advance. For those seeking a more traditional cuisine The Bayswater Arms next to the tube station will provide you with fine wines, traditional ales and fabulous food.

Courtney's leisure centre in the Porchester Centre provides two swimming pools, fitness classes, swimming lessons and there's a luxury spa too.

Transport

Bayswater is excellently situated within Central and West London and easily accessible to the heart of the city. Tube stations can be found at Bayswater, Edgeware Road and Lancaster Gate. British Rail links are available from from Paddington and express rail to and from Heathrow terminals 1-3.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Public and private schools are in abundance within Bayswater and Central and West London.

For 'Outstanding' Ofsted reports the Fox School and St Mary of the Angels are the area's most popular primary schools. Ofsted rated the Arlie Gardens in Holland Park 'Outstanding' in the secondary school range.

Wetherby, Pembridge Hall and Lansdowne College are all private schools within the area again with 'Outstanding' Ofsted reports.

For more information please visit our 'Schools, Colleges and Universities Section' here.