Paddington Station in the heart of London is one of the busiest transport hubs in the whole of the capital, with millions of visitors passing through its doors every year.
Located in the exclusive and cosmopolitan district of the City of Westminster, the station is surrounded by some of the most iconic landmarks of the capital, as well as a wide variety of attractions that visitors to the area will not want to miss out on.
Here are just some of the wonderful activities and entertainment options available for anyone planning a trip to the locale, as well as those who are simply passing through:
Notting Hill Arts Club
Located at 21 Notting Hill Gate and just a short walk or Tube trip from Paddington, the Notting Hill Arts Club plays host to a wide selection of contemporary arts and cultural events every month.
Visitors can enjoy live music, exhibitions of art and photography, theatrical performances and much more, with the venue also offering a fully-licensed bar for guests to enjoy.
Individuals keen to find out more about what is happening at the club can sign up to their mailing list or alternatively visit their website for up-to-the-minute announcements.
The Wallace Collection
Located in the historic London House, the Wallace Collection features an unsurpassed array of 18th century French paintings, furniture and porcelain, as well as a wide variety of works by the Old Masters and a world-class armoury.
Admission to the collection is free for all visitors, with all those interested in classical art and culture in for a real treat.
London House is open seven days per week from 10am until 5pm and is only closed on three days throughout the year – December 24th, 25th and 26th.
An iconic name in the world of gastronomy, Le Gavroche is famed for its sumptuous dishes and devotion to fine dining, with visitors to the area that are lucky enough to arrange a table sure to be treated to an experience they will never want to forget.
Located at 43 Upper Brook Street, Le Gavroche was opened by the legendary Roux brothers (Michel and Albert) in 1967 and is today a bastion of French classical cuisine in the heart of the capital under the able stewardship of two-starred Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr.
The winner of numerous awards over the years, some examples of the exemplary dishes available at Le Gavroche include Filet de Boeuf Grille et Puree d’Epinards Poelee de Champignons (grilled fillet of Scottish beef, with wild mushrooms and red wine shallot sauce) and Souffle Suissesse (cheese souffle cooked on double cream).
The Cockpit Theatre
Found on Gateforth Street and in easy reach of visitors to Paddington, The Cockpit Theatre prides itself on being at the cutting edge of modern British theatrical thinking and offers a wide variety of avant garde performances, as well as family-friendly productions in its varied mix of shows.
It is renowned for promoting more radical works via its monthly Theatre in the Pound event, while also hosting regular debates on topical issues affecting both the nation as a whole and the local area after teaming up with the Institute of Ideas.
Queens Ice & Bowl
For those looking for a more active attraction in the area, Queens Ice & Bowl at 17 Queensway could be just the place to visit.
With a full-size ice skating rink, 12 lanes of ten-pin bowling and more than 50,000 sq ft of activities in all for guests to enjoy, Queens Ice & Bowl also offers a fully-licensed karaoke bar, an Italian ice cream parlour and a large arcade with games for all the family.
Canal Cafe Theatre
Located at Delamere Terrace and offering performances ranging from one-man shows to stand up comedy, live music and cabaret, the Canal Cafe Theatre is a 60-seater venue with a twist.
With tickets starting from just £1.50 per person, this is an affordable option for anyone hoping to catch some live entertainment during their time in the Paddington area, with the theatre boasting a strong line-up of past performers that have gone on to do great things.
An array of Perrier Award nominees have past through the doors of the Canal Cafe Theatre over the years, including The League of Gentlemen, Bill Bailey, Brendan Burns, Zoe Lyons and more besides, meaning guests might just catch a glimpse of the next great up-and-coming performers during their visit.
Puppet Theatre Barge
The Puppet Theatre Barge is an attraction that families will not want to miss out on when visiting the area. Located in Little Venice, the venue is a floating theatre with a difference, in that all its performers are puppets and are skilfully controlled by an expert team of master puppeteers.
Shows take place on selected dates throughout the year, with full details of upcoming performances available online via the Puppet Theatre Barge website.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
To be found at the iconic address of 221b Baker Street (could it be anywhere else?), the Sherlock Holmes Museum is a fantastic attraction for fans of the renowned works of the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A tribute to his most-famed creation, the master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, the museum is open daily from 9.30am until 6pm and offers the chance for visitors to step back in time to the Victorian era.
A government-protected property due to its “special architectural and historical interest”, 221b Baker Street remains faithfully maintained as it would have been during the time of Holmes’ adventures.
Just a short walk from Paddington Station lies the many fabulous attractions on offer at Hyde Park.
One of London’s eight royal parks, the park covers 350 acres and provides a wide expanse of greenery in the heart of one of the most urban environments to be found anywhere on Earth.
Visitors can relax in the luscious green spaces or take the time to explore the many attractions that the park has to offer, including the Serpentine Lake, the famous (and perhaps infamous) Speakers’Â€Â™ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
The Serpentine Galleries
Also situated within the confines of Hyde Park resides the Serpentine Galleries – a grade II-listed former tea pavilion that now prides itself on championing the newest ideas and innovations in contemporary art.
Run by the Arts Council of England since its opening in 1970, the Serpentine has to date presented exhibitions by more than 2,000 artists and architects, with a focus on emerging talents from across the UK.
Madame Tussaud’s London
And finally, a visit to London would not be complete without the chance to rub shoulders with the stars and this is an ambition all visitors can fulfil through a trip to the renowned waxworks at Madame Tussaud’s.
Lifelike waxworks of some of the most celebrated individuals spanning the gamut of actors to athletes, politicians to pop stars are on display, with the museum open all year round and located on Marylebone Road – in easy walking distance of several nearby Tube and rail stops.