Lancaster Gate

Lancaster Gate, Westminster

A street, locality and entrance to Kensington Gardens located halfway along Bayswater Road

Lancaster Gate is an entrance to Kensington Gardens

The entrance to Kensington Gardens, which gave the locality and station their names, is so called in honour of Queen Victoria, in her guise as the Duke of Lancaster (as the monarch is styled, regardless of gender). Lancaster Gate station is actually sited opposite Marlborough Gate, just to the east.

In its heyday, Lancaster Gate’s Christ Church was nicknamed ‘the thousand pound church’ because of the large sums collected from the wealthy Bayswater congreg­ation every Sunday. Dry rot led to the demolition of the body of the church in 1978 and the spire now finds itself attached to an eccle­si­astical-looking block of flats.

For over seventy years Lancaster Gate was the home of the Football Association, the governing body of English football. The FA relocated to Soho Square in 2000, selling its old building to property developers for £7¼ million, and moved again in 2009, to Wembley Stadium.

Lancaster Gate is a densely populated ward, with 85 persons per acre at the 2011 census. The ward has a high proportion of young, well-educated, single residents living alone in privately rented accom­mod­ation. There are very few families with children or house­holds with more than one pensioner.

Lytton Strachey, the eminent biographer, spent 25 years at 69 Lancaster Gate. JM Barrie lived around the corner at 100 Bayswater Road, among several other addresses in the vicinity of Kensington Gardens.

Postal district: W2
Population: 13,195 (2011 census)
Station: Central line (zone 1)
See also: Bayswater