The first reference to Bayswater can be traced back to 1659, when it was just a hamlet. Bayswater lies within Westbourne Grove and Bishop’s Bridge Road to the north, Bayswater Road to the south, Westbourne Terrace to the east and just beyond Queensway to the west.
The name Paddington probably stems from two Saxon words, ‘Paedingas’ and ‘tun’, meaning the place of the Paedingas (there was a 7th-century London ruler named Paeda). The boundaries are the Westway road to the north, Sussex Gardens to the south, Edgware Road to the east and Westbourne Terrace to the west.
As London expanded in the 18th century, there was little enthusiasm to develop the farmland north of Hyde Park, because it was so close to the Tyburn Gallows. Hyde Park Estate is framed by Sussex Gardens to the north, Bayswater Road to the south, Edgware Road to the east and Lancaster Gate to the west.
Framed by two Roman roads (Edgware Road and Oxford Street), the name Marylebone comes from a mediaeval church, St Mary’s, which was built on the banks of the Tyburn, or Ty-Bourne. The natural boundaries are Marylebone Road to the north, Oxford Street to the south, Great Portland Street to the east and Edgware Road to the west.
There can’t be many highly desirable residential areas that have been named after a local pub – but that’s what happened here. Fitzrovia covers the area from Euston Road to the north, Oxford Street to the south, Tottenham Court Road to the East and Great Portland Street to the west.
Properly known as The Regent’s Park, the area was once part of the Forest of Middlesex. Regent’s Park represents a northerly extension to Marylebone, stretching as far as Marylebone Road to the south, Hampstead Road to the east and Lisson Road to the west.
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