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Paddington

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.


Guide to Exploring Paddington


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Point A Hotel - Paddington

Point A Hotel - Paddington

41-47 Praed Street, London
3.9
of 5, from 1,226 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Point A Hotel - Paddington is a 5-minute walk from Paddington Station, which connects directly to Heathrow Airport in around 15 minutes. Hyde Park and the Serpentine Gallery are 15 minutes on foot. Guests will find many lively Middle Eastern restaurants along Edgware Road.

€90
The Park Grand London Paddington

The Park Grand London Paddington

1 Queens Gardens, London
3.5
of 5, from 326 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bayswater, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, and Hyde Park. Kensington Palace and Marble Arch are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€73
London House Hotel

London House Hotel

81 Kensington Gardens Square, London
4.0
of 5, from 2,766 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This modern, London townhouse hotel is located in a residential area minutes from Hyde Park and Notting Hill, and within walking distance to Bayswater tube station and Paddington tube station, terminal of the Heathrow express.

€101
Caesar Hotel

Caesar Hotel

26-33 Queens Gardens, London
3.9
of 5, from 1,438 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This glossy hotel is a three-street walk from London's Hyde Park and just 1.5 kilometers from both Oxford Street and the Victoria & Albert Museum; Knightsbridge is 2.5 kilometers away.

The Royal Norfolk

The Royal Norfolk

25 London Street Paddington, London
2.8
of 5, from 55 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kensington Gardens, Royal Albert Hall, and Hyde Park. Marble Arch and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€122
Thistle Kensington Gardens

Thistle Kensington Gardens

104 Bayswater Road, London
3.9
of 5, from 222 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bayswater, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. Hyde Park and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Orchard Hotel

Orchard Hotel

86-90 Sussex Gardens, London
3.2
of 5, from 191 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Marble Arch, Royal Albert Hall, and Hyde Park. Kensington Gardens and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€105
Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Lancaster Gate, London
3.7
of 5, from 1,146 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bayswater, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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