Paddington lies in the heart of one of the most cosmopolitan and exclusive areas of London, with the retail opportunities available to visitors to the area second to none as a result.
Located in the City of Westminster, Paddington is just a stone’s throw from some of the capital’s most impressive and stunning attractions, but for fans of retail therapy there are also plenty of options available as well.
Situated in the stunning district of Bayswater, Whiteleys is London’s oldest retail outlet, having been opened in 1845, while to this day, the facility provides a wealth of treats for anyone seeking a great deal in the capital.
Located in a glorious grade II-listed property, the centre is just a three-minute walk from both the Bayswater (Circle and District lines) and Queensway (Central line) Tube stations, as well as being within easy walking distance of Paddington Station.
An array of outlets are available for shoppers to enjoy, including such names as Ernest Jones, GAP, House of Fashion, H&M, Kurt Geiger, The Body Shop and more.
Whiteleys also provides a range of options for anyone seeking a bite to eat or a break from the hustle and bustle of busy London in its many cafes and coffee shops, with the centre open daily from 8am until midnight on Mondays to Saturdays, and from 8.30am until midnight on Sundays.
Wolf & Badger
Voted one of the Top Ten shops in London by Time Out magazine, Wolf & Badger is a shopping outlet with a difference – promoting only what it deems to be the best and most exciting independent retailers in the realms of fashion, jewellery, accessories and interior design.
With stores in Mayfair and Notting Hill, retailers from the UK, Europe and beyond vie to be represented here and this bodes extremely well for those lucky enough to visit and sample the outstanding wares that are on show.
Also offering free worldwide delivery, all those making purchases at Wolf & Badger can be assured that their goods will be sent to their home with the minimum of fuss, ensuring visitors should not be put off from even making large purchases during their time in the capital.
Alfies Antiques Market
For all those keen to bag a bargain during their visit to Paddington, Alfies Antiques Market could be the perfect place to visit, with its unique charm and wealth of quirky nick-nacks for visitors to examine and possibly purchase.
Opened in 1976, Alfies – formerly Jordan’s department store – resides in a stunning Egyptian-style art deco building and provides visitors with the chance to sample the wares of up to 100 independent antiques retailers, as well offering a rooftop cafe for relaxation after a hard day’s rummaging.
Located on Church Street, Alfies Antiques Market is a short walk from Paddington Station and stretches from the south side of the street to the end of Lisson Grove.
Describing the atmosphere and appeal of Alfies, proprietor Bennie Gray states: “To this day, people from all over the world come to Alfies to take in its bohemian chic atmosphere and to find something genuine and unique.”
Tiffany & Co
Lovers of fine jewellery (and classic 1960s movies) will be well aware of the many outstanding articles available to discerning buyers at the world-renowned Tiffany & Co.
With a changing array of collections to choose from, ranging from diamond earrings to jewel-encrusted tiaras, men’s rings to watches, fragrances and more, Tiffany & Co is one of the most famous names in luxury accessories and a visit to this establishment could be just the tonic for weary visitors to the capital.
A legacy dating back to 1837 helps the firm to stand apart as one of the most illustrious names in jewellery-making, with Tiffany items having been purchased and adored by famous names throughout the last century and a half.
To be found at 25 Bond Street in the luxury district of Mayfair – itself just a short walk or Tube ride from Paddington Station – Tiffany & Co is open daily from 10:00am until 7pm on Mondays to Saturdays and from 12pm until 5pm on Sundays for weekend shoppers.
Smythson of Bond Street
And finally, with a wide variety of luxury accessories, ranging from men’s wallets to women’s handbags, clutches and more, Smythson of Bond Street could be a fantastic choice for Paddington visitors searching for that special memento of their time in London.
Not only does the brand have a history stretching back for more than 125 years, all those carrying out purchases can be assured they are paying for only the finest quality and handcrafted items.
Located at Westbourne Grove in the vicinity of the iconic Kensington Park Road, Smythson also prides itself on the luxury stationery and baggage on offer at its stores, with plenty to attract visitors again and again for one-off designs that will be the envy of friends and loved ones.