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The W2 area of London mainly divided into Paddington and Bayswater. The Paddington area is a cosmopolitan hub and an area of great contrasts, formerly a Metropolitan Borough, it was integrated with the City of Westminster and Greater London in 1965. It is served by Paddington main line station one of the four main landmarks of the area which is the terminus for rail access to the commuter areas to the west of London and then mainline services to the West of England. Heathrow Airport is served by the Heathrow Express out of Paddington. London Underground service is also to be found at Paddington and nearby Edgware Road; Baker Street and Marylebone the latter also being by London's Marylebone mainline station. Many cross London buses also serve the area. Major roads – A40; A5 and A41 - give access to the M4; M40 and M1 motorways.
In addition to Paddington Station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the area is famous for St Mary’s Hospital in Praed Street where Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin and Paddington Green Police Station - the most important high security police station in the United Kingdom. The area is also within walking distance of “Little Venice”; Marble Arch and the famous Church Street Market.
A recent landmark is the creation of Paddington Waterside which takes its name from the Paddington Basin area and Regents Canal which flows through the area. It is a large mixed use development established originally by developers, landowners and transport interests and covers residential, commercial, leisure, retail and health. Development began in 1998 and is projected for completion around 2018. Paddington Waterside Partnership works alongside local agencies and communities to ensure that this new location fits socially, economically and physically with its surroundings.
The Paddington area is an ideal location for business – it is home to a very mixed retail environment and vibrant and varied café culture in the Edgware Road. The commercial mix ranges from offices in converted houses to new build and corporate offices in addition to the Paddington Waterside development. The area has many different styles of hotels and residential accommodation.
Bayswater is one of London’s most cosmopolitan areas and situated in west London in the City of Westminster a built up area that borders the north of Hyde Park over to Kensington Gardens and includes the very busy Queensway and Westbourne Grove. It is served by the London Underground stations Bayswater; Queensway; Lancaster Gate and Paddington and also Marble Arch and Edgware Road. The main line Paddington station gives access to Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express. The area is also served by many local and cross London bus services. Bayswater Road ultimately provides access to the M4.
The name Bayswater emerged in 17th century the area having been variously known as Bayards Watering Place and Bayswatering. Bayswater was initially developed as a fashionable residential suburb when, in 1827, the surveyor to the Bishop of London laid out the area between Praed Street, Edgware Road and Bayswater Road comprising an inter-related pattern of wide streets, crescents and squares planned on either sides of the main thoroughfares of Westbourne Terrace and Sussex Gardens. It retains its predominantly residential character and was first designated as a conservation area in 1967. Places of interest in and around the area include Marble Arch; Hyde Park and the Diana Memorial Fountain; Kensington Gardens ; Whiteleys Shopping Centre; Portobello Road Antique Market; London Toy and Model Museum; Bayswater Market; Notting Hill; St Johns Wood; Knightsbridge; Little Venice and Maida Vale.
Bayswater has a rich and varied retail structure offering a wide range of ethnic restaurants in Queensway and Westbourne Grove together with many independent outlets as well as many high street favourites. It is a heavily residential area and has one of the highest concentrations of hotels in London which adds to the significant diversity of the local population. Many professions are represented in the area and there has always been a media presence with easy access to the BBC in Shepherds Bush. The commercial mix ranges from offices in converted houses to new build and some corporate offices.
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