Paddington is well known as one of the most affluent and historical parts of London, hence why many luxury hotels in Paddington London have cropped up in the past few decades. It’s not surprising, with the amazing transport links across the country as well as great restaurants and scenic canal systems, there’s plenty to draw in tourists aside from the famous bear, although that is one attraction which will no doubt draw in the children and young at heart among us. Below are just some of the great draws to the Paddington area, bringing you oodles of excitement and iconic sites to explore.
One of the main terminals of London, this train station is one of the most scenic in the city. Built in 1838, Paddington Station is made of 14 platforms and has links to the West of England as well as Heathrow airport, linking people to the wide range of hotels in the area including the Shaftesbury collection London. One of the most famous aspects of Paddington Station is the link to Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear, leading to Paddington trails, shops and statues around the station.
Located behind Paddington Station, you’ll find a canal system known as Little Venice, bringing some peace and quiet from the nearby busy roads of the Paddington area. Whether you’re looking for a boat trip along the waterways which can take you all the way to Camden Market or if you’re looking for a discreet and charming canal side café for a sit down, the area of Little Venice will bring you some much needed respite from Paddington’s commuter hustle and bustle.
The Canal Theatre is a member only theatre based in Little Venice. This 60-seat venue is home to some of the countries best fringe theatre, including comedy, cabaret and musical performances. This is one of the must-see venues of the off-West End scene, ensuring that new artists get a platform on which to try new material. What’s more, the idyllic setting and great drinks menu will ensure a fantastic night out.
This unique fan bridge is in Paddington Square and brings a welcome addition to the increasingly modernised Paddington area. Since 2004, the bridge has used its unique hydraulic cylinders to create its own quirky take on the standard drawbridge model. The bridge opens to allow boats to pass underneath, creating a curled octagonal shape which is about half of the original length of the bridge when uncurled. The bridge was designed by famous British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the founder of Heatherwick Studios and regular contributor to British architecture.
If you’re looking for the perfect outing for kids and adults alike, the Puppet Theatre in Paddington is a great day out for all ages. The wide range of puppet shows and workshops that take place at the Puppet Theatre knows no bounds, attracting international puppetry experts to its 1979 founded and quirky barge setting.