Paddington is one of the best-known areas of West London. Whether it’s the titular bear who brought so much attention to the area in the late 50’s or if it’s the great atmosphere of this classic London area, there’s something about Paddington which brings people back time after time. With a range of great places to eat and drink, the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel as well as classic arts venues and historical sites, you’ll never be short of things to do in the Paddington area. The only problem might be that you’re burdened with options, with so much to do it’s always a good idea to have a guide to what to expect from this area, as rife as it is with forward thinking architecture intermingled with some of the most historic sites in the city.
A bit of background
Paddington is an area of London that lies within the boundaries of the Westminster area. This means that it lies within the heart of the city, hence its busy Paddington Station terminal and its abundance of medieval churches and age-old relics. Beginning its life as a medieval parish, it has slowly grown to be incorporated into the borough of Westminster in 1965. Since then it has seen a wide range of regeneration projects and new businesses open in the area, such as some of the best Shaftesbury budget hotels in London. With the nearby Bayswater and Maida Vale attracting locals and tourists alike for its nightlife and culture, Paddington has certainly seen a lot of change in the last few years.
All you need to know about Paddington Station
So that brings us to Paddington Station, one of the largest and most famous of the London terminal stations. For great travel links in and out of London and into the West of England, Paddington is your station. With half an hour direct links to Heathrow airport, Paddington is the commuter and the London tourists dream. Designed in 1854 by the famous designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Paddington station has been used for years, with extensions taking the platform total up to 14. With a Paddington Bear statue sitting beneath the platform 1 clock. Paddington Station serves a range of tube lines. These are the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith and City lines.
Places of note to visit in Paddington
With the square outside of Paddington Station holding the rolling bridge and fan bridge, be prepared to find some of the most innovative architecture in the city right on your doorstep. With winding canals and Little Venice, the idyllic West London canal system hosting many a café and bar, you’ll find a state of calm to Paddington which is rare for such a large city.
For arts, you won’t be disappointed in Paddington. With the Canal Café hosting some of the best new writing and stand up comedy in the city, you’ll be in for a night to remember. If it’s more child friendly work you’re after, then the puppet theatre is the perfect afternoon entertainment. With workshops and child friendly theatre, you’ll be able to while away hours in this cultural hub.