Paddington is a great place to explore, and a firm favourite with many tourists and Londoners, who love the area for its beautiful canals and quiet garden squares, as well as the plethora of places around to eat, drink and stay for a night. Paddington is also the place named after a friendly, Marmalade-loving bear, who is a world star with children all over the world. This district of London is in a great location, as it’s close to many of London’s famous attractions. In this article we will look at seven of the top attractions near Paddington station, which are bound to make your weekend that extra bit exciting. These attractions are also near The Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington, which is a luxurious accommodation located a short walk from Paddington station.
ZSL London Zoo
The London Zoo is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a fun-filled day out with family or friends. With over 750 incredible species to observe, and innovative and exciting exhibits, it’s a great day out and only a 15 minute bus ride from Paddington Station.
The Puppet Theatre Barge
Imagine experiencing a theatre on a boat? Well that’s exactly what the Puppet Theatre Barge is- and it’s as exciting as it sounds! This boat travels down the Thames and puts on shows which you can enjoy as you travel across the water. The Puppet Theatre Barge specialises in shows featuring marionettes and is perfect for all of the family! The boat can be found in Little Venice which is only a few minutes away from Paddington Station.
Alexandra Fleming Laboratory
If you’re interested in learning about some important medical history then a trip to the Alexandra Fleming Laboratory is a great idea. This is the laboratory where Alexandra Fleming discovered Penicillin, which was an amazing feat considering the fact that it was in 1928! An interactive exhibition tells the story of Fleming and there is also a video presentation which is very informative. This museum is only a 3 minute walk from Paddington Station.
Paddington Basin Bridges
Going to the Paddington Basin Bridges is a great experience if you’re looking for something to do close to Paddington Station. These incredible bridges double up as pedestrian crossing and are literally moving pieces of public art! You can go and catch the show at certain periods during the day so you can plan this outing in advance and watch the stunning bridges open and close. The bridges are only 3 minutes from Paddington Station so not far at all!
Little Venice is a picturesque little area with beautiful canals and waterways just 6 minutes from Paddington Station. Here you can find cosy pubs, charming restaurants and quirky waterside cafes where you can sit outside and enjoy the sunny weather. The streets in this area are very pretty and great for nice relaxing strolls with friends or a loved one. You could also take a boat ride to London Zoo from here, which saves you getting the bus or train.
Canal Café Theatre
The Canal Café Theatre is a 60-seat theatre venue in Little Venice, which is 6 minutes from Paddington Station. This cosy little venue has been hosting entertaining shows and comedy since 1979 and is a great choice for fun-filled night out with the family.
Merchant Square is a great place to chill out with friends in the summer time, and the perfect place to find delicious street food. The square has the stunning Grand Union Canal situated in the centre and you can look at the various pretty boats sitting on the docks and riding past. There are lots of free event s here throughout the year and sports you can get involved in such as golf. The Merchant Square Water Maze is a firm favourite with many people during the summer months and is a truly spectacular sight to see.