Visitors to London will undoubtedly make use of the fantastic public transport system in the capital and that could mean a visit to Paddington Station.
Located in the heart of the capital in the City of Westminster, the station opens on to Praed Street and has Bishop’s Bridge Road at its rear. Built in 1838, this historic facility offers access to overground rail services, as well as Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines for Underground travellers.
Anyone with a penchant for purchases could be well catered for in Paddington, with plenty of shops in the surrounding area to choose from. Independent operators and some of the biggest names in retail can all be found nearby.
Edgware Road offers a number of retail options for those with an eye on the latest fashions, while Kendall Street and Porchester Place also offer several excellent shops for those looking to purchase the latest clothing styles and designs in the capital.
Meanwhile, travellers with expensive taste might like to head to jewellers Astley Clarke, which is situated in close proximity to Paddington and offers a wide selection of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, all created with contemporary designs and with expert craftsmanship – perhaps the perfect memento for any visitor to the capital.
A short distance from Paddington also lies the grade II-listed Whiteleys – a retail centre offering a wide range of options for guests, with residents including Gap, H&M, House of Fashion, JD Sports, Karen Millen, Marks & Spencer, The Body Shop, Zara and more.
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 08:00 to midnight and from 08:30 to midnight on Sundays, Whiteleys could be a fantastic option for those looking for some retail therapy at all hours of the day. A range of eateries can also be found at the retail outlet, ensuring visitors will not be left in the lurch when it comes to finding a bite to eat during their shopping detour.
Anyone looking for electricals during a visit to Paddington is also in luck, as the area offers both a Currys and Maplin – both situated on Queensway – while Electronics Boutique is also a smaller independent outlet that can be found in Paddington Station itself.
For all the romantics out there, The Flower Store is located on Praed Street and means husbands and boyfriends just passing through or couples making a stop in Paddington might like to treat their other half to beautiful bouquet.
Those who enjoy a tipple could also find some fantastic alcoholic treats by visiting either one of two Oddbins outlets in the area (Queensway or Westbourne Grove) or by heading to YN Emporium on Bathurst Street.
Ladies that are keen to accessorise could also be in luck, with a Claire’s Accessories and an Accessorize on Queensway and at Paddington Station respectively.
Finally, when it comes to gifts for loved ones there are the aforementioned flowers or bottle of wine to be bought in the area, but book lovers visiting the locale could also head along to such establishments as Borders Books or Books Etc – both of which offer a wide array of contemporary and classical publications that could be the perfect present for anyone with a penchant for reading.
Paddington truly offers a wealth of retail options for visitors from all walks of life, so anyone planning a trip to the area will no doubt be spoilt for choice and be able to bring home so fantastic mementos from the trip.