Bayswater is a remarkably green residential area right in the heart of London, perfect for the business traveller and with the added convenience of having London Paddington train station located right next door.
Bayswater is a prime residential area in London, falling within the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The area is otherwise known for tree-lined streets and attractive little garden squares, which also happens to border Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to the south, two of London’s biggest open spaces. Bayswater is also a cosmopolitan London area, with a number of different nationalities living there which make up an approximate population of 12,000. The culturally diverse inhabitants of Bayswater are spoilt for places to go and things to see, with a wide range of restaurants, shops, open spaces and tourists’ attractions enclosed with a relatively small area.
The affluent neighbourhood also benefits from excellent transport facilities. Within Bayswater’s boundaries are both Queensway and Bayswater Underground stations, whilst one of the capital’s most used stations, London Paddington train station, with all its national connections and services out to Heathrow Airport, is right next door to Bayswater. Connections such as these make journeying to and from Bayswater aparthotels much easier than if you were staying in many other parts of the capital. What’s more, the Bayswater underground station is on the Circle and District lines. Many other important London destinations can, therefore, be reached quickly, without passengers having to change trains.
When the economy of Bayswater is assessed, it tends to be reflected within a summary of the economic traits of the City of Westminster as a whole. After all, there are around nine hundred businesses based in Bayswater, and they account for 2% of all businesses in Westminster. Although businesses in Bayswater have a proven track record of being successful, the area also falls outside of Westminster’s Central Activities Zone (CAZ), which then labels the neighbourhood as ‘residential’. What’s more, as stated in the ‘Westminster City Plan’ development and management of areas such as Bayswater are focused on “protecting and enhancing the residential environment, together with improving the health and wellbeing of communities and providing them with the facilities and services they need.”
Seemingly, Bayswater is not acknowledged for its business potential. The Bayswater Village, a Business Improvement District (BID) in action between 2010 and 2015, however, did support local businesses by helping to make the area cleaner, safer, busier and more communal. The results were then positive for Bayswater. According to the Bayswater Ward Profile issued by the City of Westminster, which assessed the views of the local population and businesses, the neighbourhood ranks well in regard to key statistics such as safety, healthcare, community and the local environment.
These strong stats reiterate the high quality of life that exists within the west London district. Ultimately, whilst Bayswater’s economy and business climate is not necessarily under the spotlight, that does not mean the corporate environment is not capable of supporting anything from short business trips to long term business relocation. To take advantage of the accommodating business environment on show here book a stay in our Bayswater corporate housing.
The history of Bayswater only began once the area had separated itself from other London destinations of which it belonged to. The Domesday Book referred to Bayswater as part of the Abbey of Westminster first, before the area then later in history became commonly known as a segment of the Paddington district. The neighbourhood’s own identity, however, stems from its purpose and former name, the Bayard’s Watering Place. This name was first recorded in 1380 and assumedly symbolised a place where horses could refresh throughout journeys in-and-out of London. The Westbourne stream proved to be a popular watering-place and ran underneath what is now known as Bayswater Road.
Several variations of the Watering Place then emerged, of which one was Bayswater around the mid-seventeenth century. From then onwards, landowners and property developers began to put their stamp on the area in a bid to keep up with London’s constant development. Involved in this transformation was an attempt to give Bayswater its own unique identity, which continues to be an incentive for tourists to visit the area and its period buildings today. Guests staying in our Bayswater furnished housing can easily and comfortably grasp a sense of the neighbourhood’s history and modern-day exclusivity.
Bayswater is amongst the best locations to visit in the capital, benefitting from being within close vicinity of some of London’s grandest tourist’ attractions. Moreover, as mentioned previously, the excellent transportation facilities in Bayswater also enable easy travel throughout the rest of the capital. Guests in our Bayswater extended stay apartments can, therefore, be within touching distance of everything London has on offer.
A big reason why many people opt to stay in Bayswater is the area’s nearness to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Bordering Bayswater Road, this green space is visited by around thirteen million people every year, whether it be for the British Summer Festival or to appreciate famed attractions such as Princess Diana’s Memorial Fountain, the Marble Arch, the Serpentine Gallery or the beautiful Kensington Palace. Our ideally located Bayswater serviced apartments enable guests to be just down the road from this iconic Park and Garden, as well as the many chic restaurants, shops and cafes nearby which help can help anyone have a fulfilling day in the London neighbourhood.
Both business travellers and tourists visiting Bayswater should also stop by Leinster Gardens, the London street with a twist. Rather bizarrely, the properties numbered 23 &24 do not exist and are actually false facades! A metre-thick wall has been painted to look like houses and behind it is, in fact, a stretch of the railway where locomotives used to ‘vent’ off. It is a truly unique attraction and marks one of the hidden gems of London.
Bayswater may not win any awards for its size or national recognition, but the London neighbourhood does hold its own within one of the biggest major capitals in Europe, as an area with its own style, identity and attractions. Be sure to choose SITU ‘s Bayswater corporate accommodation when visiting this affluent area.
Being in-and-around central London means also being between London’s major international airports. From Bayswater, London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is under twenty miles to the west, whilst London City Airport (LCY) is around twelve miles to the east.
Either airport can be accessed from Bayswater via their respective underground stations either on-site or nearby. Airport taxi transfers could potentially also be arranged from our Bayswater serviced apartments.
The Bayswater area is blessed with two underground station options; Bayswater station and Queensway station. Between them, they run across three different lines, with the Bayswater stop running along the Circle and District line, and the Queensway stop running along the Central Line.
On both lines, Bayswater sits between Notting Hill Gate and Paddington stations, whilst Queensway station sits between Notting Hill Gate and Lancaster Gate stations.
Easily the closest railway station to Bayswater is Paddington railway station, just fifteen minutes away on foot.
Most of its routes run along the Great Western Main Line, acting as a terminus station leading to the likes of Slough, Reading, Ealing Broadway and Heathrow Central. Alternative nearby railway stations to Bayswater are London Marylebone and Shepherd’s Bush.
There are at least ten bus routes which run in and out of the Bayswater area, predominantly served by operator Stagecoach.
From Bayswater, bus passengers are able to stay to the following London locations; Camden Town, West End, Peckham, Kensington, Acton and Notting Hill.