Our boutique London Hotel, located in London’s fashionable Bayswater district, is the perfect base for exploring London.

Bayswater and its history

Originating as a hamlet near Lancaster Gate, Bayswater was first referred to as ‘Bayard’s Watering Place’ – the water in question provided by a stream which was later known as the ‘Westbourne’. The word ‘bayard’ refers to a chestnut horse; however, in this instance, it may have been derived from a local resident named ‘Baynard’. Records date the first use of the name ‘Bayswater’ to the year 1659; at that time, a very small number of houses would have stood here.
It wasn’t until the early 1800s when the building started in earnest. Single and paired villas (with gardens) were fashionable then. From the 1840s onwards, tree-lined, terraced avenues, squares and crescents became the norm.
By 1885, Bayswater had developed the nickname ‘Asia Minor’ because many British professionals with military and career experience in South Asia had settled in the area, ensuring Indian fruits and vegetables were popular in local shops. In time, Greek and Jewish communities developed, too, before immigrants from throughout the world settled here in the 20th Century.
By the late 19th Century, the area’s earliest houses had been rebuilt or replaced – an era that also saw the building of many of the hotels, mansion blocks and flats that provide Bayswater with its distinctive appearance familiar to today’s locals and visitors.

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Bayswater and its history

Experience our local area

Renowned for its elegant squares, gardens, white stucco townhouses, terraced buildings and hotels near Hyde Park, Bayswater is an always popular area of the UK capital with visitors, on a trip to London for leisure or business – or both.
Famous for its particularly metropolitan and multicultural atmosphere, it’s a district bordered by Notting Hill to the west, Paddington (and its major mainline station to the north) and Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to the south. That makes it not just perfectly situated for access to fantastic public transport links and the entertainment attractions and shopping of the West End, but also a uniquely vibrant and exotic area all of its own, being home to different communities originally drawn from across the globe. Bayswater, then, blends Arab, English, Greek, French, American and Brazilian cultures, customs and restaurant cuisines into one eclectic and outward-looking community that’s recognisable as the welcoming neighbourhood of Bayswater.
Also noteworthy is the Bayswater Road open-air art market. Often open on Sundays, it’s especially popular for its arty wares, thanks to numerous local artists using it as a showpiece to display and sell their works.

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Experience our local area

Public transport in and around Bayswater

Our local area is amply served by public transport, not least Bayswater station on the Tube’s Circle and District lines. In fact, this station is one of the network’s oldest, having been in operation since the year 1868 – its impressive glazed roof a tell-tale sign it was one of the pre-Tube stations of Victorian London’s ‘inner circle’ underground network.
Further stops on the Tube are provided by the nearby stations Edgware Road, Lancaster Gate, Notting Hill Gate, Paddington and Queensway …

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Public transport in and around Bayswater

Journey Planner

The J Hyde Park Hotel
26 Prince’s Sq, London, United Kingdom, W2 4NJ.

At J Hyde Park hotel we offer pleasant, affordable accommodation located right in the heart of the capital, no more than a short walk from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. In fact, situated just five minutes away, on foot, from the northwest corner of Hyde Park, we’re perfectly placed for easy access to Kensington Palace, the Diana Memorial Playground and the ‘Albertopolis’ museums of South Kensington.

PLEASE NOTE: The hotel doesn’t have a lift at this stage

To reach us, you can take a Tube train journey to Queensway station on the Central line (10 minutes/ three stops from Oxford Circus).

Nearby Tube Stations:

From Bayswater Station (4 minutes away on foot) Underground: District and Circle Lines

From Queensways Station (7 minutes away on foot) Underground: Central Line

From Notting Hill Station (10 minutes away on foot) Underground: District, Circle and Central Lines

Paddington Station (15 minutes away on foot) Underground: Bakerloo, Circle and District Lines