Central London Hotel History

Bayswater is an area of west London in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the west. It is a built-up district located 3 miles (4.8 km) west-north-west of Charing Cross, bordering the north of Hyde Park over Kensington Gardens. Bayswater is one of London’s most cosmopolitan areas wherein a diverse local population is augmented by a high concentration of hotels. The area has attractive streets and garden squares lined with Victorian stucco terraces, mostly now subdivided into flats and boarding houses. The Cleveland Hotel is perfectly located in a Central London location with easy access to Hyde Park, Kensington and Paddington Station.

The property ranges from very expensive apartments to small studio flats. There are also purpose-built apartment blocks dating from the inter-war period as well as more recent developments. Queensway and Westbourne Grove are its busiest main streets, both having many ethnic-cuisine restaurants. Sandwiched between Paddington, Notting Hill and Hyde Park, Bayswater is a vibrant multicultural part of London. It is an area that is full of interesting history which many famous residents both past and present have chosen to call home – including Sir Winston Churchill, Sir JM Barrie, Thomas Hardy, Keira Knightley, Sting and Tony Blair.

Cleveland Square was most likely named after a local developer called William Frederik Cleveland who lived in the local area in the 1850’s. Although most of the square is Victorian, the style of architecture with its regency facades – designed to draw the eye – is more similar to the Georgian style of building. If you are interested in Cleveland Square’s history, we encourage you to visit Cleveland Square and Gardens Residents Association website at: http://www.clevelandsquare.org/history.htm

More recently the area has played host as a location to a number of films including Love Actually, Closer and the Italian Job.