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Explore the lovely canals and intriguing architecture of this historic neighborhood made famous by a fictional bear from Peru.

Canals and parks frame the leafy district of Paddington in central London. It is known for its historic railway station, famous hospital and a marmalade-loving cartoon bear. Discover this delightful district’s elegant Georgian homes, tidy public squares and eclectic shops.

Admire the remarkable Fan Bridge, which is modeled after a traditional Japanese hand fan. Spanning 66 feet (20 meters) across Paddington Basin, the bridge rises using hydraulic jacks. Check out the equally impressive Rolling Bridge, which curls up like a ball. You can watch the movement of both bridges at midday on Wednesdays and Fridays.

On Tuesdays or Thursdays, head to Merchant Square to enjoy a lively street food market. Dine on a range of international dishes ranging from French to Lebanese.

Wander along Praed Street, which is lined with souvenirs shops and restaurants. Enjoy a meal on one of the street’s many open-air patios and watch the passers-by. View movies on the big screen in Sheldon Square in the summer.

Stop by St. Mary’s Hospital, where Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, computer science pioneer Alan Turing as well as princes Harry and William were all born. It is famous worldwide as the location where Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. Visit the hospital’s Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum to learn more about Fleming’s scientific breakthrough.

Marvel at the exquisite architecture of Paddington Station, with its elaborate arches and glazed roof. See the bronze statue of the railway’s architect, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, located between Platforms 8 and 9. Take the kids to see the statue on Platform 1 depicting fictional character Paddington Bear, who was named after the station.

Ride a boat from Paddington to Camden or Little Venice. Rent a paddleboard and get lessons from an operator beside the canal.

Paddington is located on the northwestern boundaries of central London, between Regent Park and Hyde Park. Paddington is a major transport hub, with easy connections to destinations around London and the U.K. Get here by riding the London Underground or the bus.

Relax on the patio of a charming café and examine examples of innovative engineering and architecture in Paddington.

Top hotels in Paddington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton London Paddington
Hilton London Paddington
4 out of 5
146 Praed Street, Paddington, London, England
The price is €100 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Queensway and Oxford Street are also within 1 mile ...

4/5Very Good! (1,176 reviews)
Short stay in London

"I had stayed in this hotel many years ago shorty after it reopened as the Hilton London Paddington. Before I stayed last week I had seen some unfavourable reviews and so was a little apprehensive. My stay was superb. The context was the developing coronavirus scare and I think the hotel had many ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Hilton London Paddington
The Colonnade
The Colonnade
4 out of 5
2 Warrington Crescent, Little Venice, London, England
The price is €57 per night

Located in Paddington, this boutique hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Queensway, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens. Oxford Street and Regent's Park are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (987 reviews)

"What an amazing experience from A to Z everything spot on and better than expected. Excellent"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

The Colonnade
Queens Park Hotel
Queens Park Hotel
3 out of 5
48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
The price is €47 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Queensway. Hyde Park and Kensington Palace are also within 15 minutes. ...

3.1/5 (1,227 reviews)

"Hotel was a pretty good location for the things I wanted to go do and see. Staff was very helpful getting me headed in the right direction and very pleasent"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Queens Park Hotel
London House Hotel
London House Hotel
3 out of 5
81 Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, England
The price is €82 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portobello Road Market, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. Royal Albert Hall and Oxford Circus ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,309 reviews)

"As we expected, the room was small - and below ground level but had a window. It was, however, very well equipped and, particularly important at the moment, was spotlessly clean. It smelt fresh too."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

London House Hotel
Corus Hyde Park Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Corus Hyde Park Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
4 out of 5
Lancaster Gate, London, England
The price is €67 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Queensway and Kensington Palace are also within 1 mile ...

3.9/5Good! (2,156 reviews)

"I loved the Hyde Park location: The area is clean and walkable to lovely gardens, shops and pubs ; also near the train station. The hotel is clean and has lovely eating areas. I would go back again and again!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2020

Corus Hyde Park Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Best Western Mornington Hotel London Hyde Park
Best Western Mornington Hotel London Hyde Park
4 out of 5
12 Lancaster Gate, London, England
The price is €94 per night

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Queensway and Kensington Palace are also within 1 mile ...

4/5Very Good! (993 reviews)
Good for location and price

"Staff was friendly and very accomadating. Beautiful lobby, good breakfast. Rooms can use a little updating. Other than that, good experience."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Best Western Mornington Hotel London Hyde Park

Popular places to visit in Paddington

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(1,004 reviews)

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

Tower of London
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Tower of London

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Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(1,861 reviews)

Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances. 

The Shard
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The Shard

4.5/5(419 reviews)

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

4/5(1,061 reviews)

One of London’s most resounding landmarks is a treasured emblem of England.

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4.5/5(625 reviews)

Attend music and sports events, see a movie or go bowling in one of the busiest arenas in the world, situated inside this iconic dome by the River Thames.

Top things to do in Paddington

Royal London Bike Tour
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Royal London Bike Tour

€30
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Oxford by Train
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Day Trip to Oxford by Train

€47
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Cardiff via Train with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Day Trip to Cardiff via Train with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

€160
Per adult
Paddington Bear Walking Tour of London
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Paddington Bear Walking Tour of London

€13
Per adult
The British Royal Private Tour with a Local
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The British Royal Private Tour with a Local

€98
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Transfers from Southampton Port to London or Heathrow Airport
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Private Transfers from Southampton Port to London or Heathrow Airport

€201
Per adult

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