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Bayswater Area Guide

Bayswater, just to the west of Paddington station, is a more residential area than its neighbour. Queensway, the main street, has a reasonable choice of pubs and cheap restaurants if you don’t want to venture into the West End.

View a map of the Bayswater area

History

Bayswater’s terraces and squares were built in the first half of the 19th century. It was popular with wealthy Londoners who wanted to escape the then squalid conditions of the West End.

Accommodation information

There are a lot of budget and mid-range hotels in the area.

Book a cheap hotel in Bayswater

Places of interest within walking distance

  • Kensington Palace & Gardens
  • Princess Diana Memorial Gardens
  • Portobello Rd Market

Shopping

Queensway, the local High Street, has a good range of basic shops that serve the needs of travellers and local residents. Whiteley’s, an indoor shopping centre at the north end of Queensway, has a reasonable selection of High Street chain stores.

It’s a short bus ride to either Westfield, the largest undercover shopping centre in London, or Oxford St.

Transport

Underground
There are two Tube stations in the immediate area:

  • Bayswater (Circle & District line)
  • Queensway (Central line)

The two stations are within easy walking distance of each other.

Local buses