Paddington Station is one of London’s most famous transport hubs and it is a good idea to do some research before setting off on your travels.
Where is Paddington?
Paddington can be found in the City of Westminster and it offers a great location for those who want to explore London and find out more about the rich history of the English capital. It is also home to some of the city’s finest restaurants, bars and places to stay.
Travellers looking for a great place to stay during their time in Paddington might also like to check out the luxurious rooms and extensive facilities on offer at Park Grand London Paddington Hotel.
Food and drink in Paddington
There is plenty of places to grab something to eat or relax with a drink. Therefore, it can be worthwhile doing some homework on the best places ahead of your visit.
The Summerhouse – A fab seafood restaurant located close to the canal that runs through the Paddington area. A great place to grab a bite to eat and watch the world go by.
Nipa Thai – A must for those who love Asian cuisine as it offers great Thai dishes in a traditional setting.
Zizzi Paddington – A branch of the popular Italian chain restaurant that offers traditional pizza and calzone all cooked in wood-fired ovens and served on wooden boards. A great place to head to for anyone with a hankering for a good quality Italian dish.
Halepi – Family-run, this place services traditional Greek cuisine that is affordable and tasty.
The Monkey Puzzle – A fantastic traditional British public house in the centre of Paddington, the Monkey Puzzle also serves a great brunch menu for those wanting a relaxed mid-morning meal.
What to see in Paddington
There is plenty to see and do around the Paddington area – so much that you may be spoilt for choice.
Some of the highlights include: –
The Sherlock Holmes Museum:
he famous detective is seeing a resurge in popularity following the recent BBC remake and this museum is dedicated to the fictional character. Of course it is located at 221b Baker Street and provides a great chance to find out more about the life of the world’s most famous fictional crime fighter.
Hyde Park is one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and is home to loads of attractions that tourists will love. It provides a great way to unwind and is the perfect spot for a picnic or a kick around.
This impressive building is located in the centre of Paddington and is open throughout the year to visitors and is a great way to find out more about the British royal family.
Day out for the family?
Paddington is a fun place for families as it is home to lots of attractions that are perfect for those visitors who have young kids to entertain.
The Puppet Theatre
Located in a converted church, the Puppet Theatre holds regular shows throughout the day and also provides information on history of puppetry. A visit here is a great way to while away a day with the kids.
ZSL London Zoo
The zoo is one of the capital’s most popular days out and it is home to thousands of exotic animals and provides a great opportunity to see some of the rarest and most endangered breeds of animals in the world.
Madame Tussauds London
With waxworks of some of the world’s most famous people, Madame Tussauds brings to life many iconic names, allowing guests to take a picture with their idols. From top sportspeople to the biggest names in Hollywood, there are lifelike waxworks of stars from all walks of life.
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
Built in memory of Princess Diana, who was tragically killed in a Paris car accident in 1998, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain was constructed to reflect her life passions as a public figure – helping the needy and supporting a host of children’s charities. There is a park, playground and fountain that the whole family can enjoy.
How to get to Paddington
The London Underground is one of the easiest options for anyone planning journeys to the area. Travellers are advised to buy an Oyster card to make it even easier to travel across the network.
Local tube stations serving the Paddington area include:
Paddington (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
Bayswater (Circle and District lines)
Queensway (Central line)
Lancaster Gate Station (Central line)
Marble Arch Station (Central line)
Edgware Road (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line)
Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines)
Paddington also has strong mainline railway services from Paddington and Marylebone. There are also plenty of bus routes that cover the area – again Oyster cards are a great way to pay for your fare, especially as the buses no longer accept cash.
If you have opted to hire a car that there are a number of car parks within the Paddington area of the capital, including
Paddington Station Public Car Park
Colonnades Car Park
Queensway Car Park
NCP Car Park London Arthur Court
Bell Street Car Park
Bilton Towers Car Park
Bayswater Road Car Park