There was a time, believe it or not, where people could hear the word ‘Paddington’ and not immediately think of the beloved bear. References to Paddington can be found as far back as the 10th century, but it was in the 12th century that a scholar noted that the parcel of land was owned by the ‘de Padinton’ brothers.
It wasn’t until the 17th century however when Paddington formally became part of London.
Paddington’s murderous past :-
If you’re staying in the Grand Park London Paddington, you won’t be too far away from Tyburn. This has an even darker past than the rest of the capital city, because it’s where criminals were traditionally hanged. The last execution took place in 1783, but there are plenty of stories that still hang around about this place known as ‘God’s Tribunal’.
Penicillin at Paddington :-
Close to the site of the Grand Park London Paddington is St. Mary’s Hospital, where one of the greatest scientific discoveries in the world was made. Even more astonishingly, it was made entirely by accident. When Alexander Fleming left his laboratory for a long holiday, he didn’t clean a petri dish properly—which moulded over. This mould had a specific strain in it that fought bacteria. And because of one scientist’s poor hygiene in 1928, we now have a drug that can save many lives.
Paddington at war :-
Although Paddington was not bombed as fiercely as other parts of London during the Blitz, 200 to 300 bombs per acre fell on the area. With 16 public shelters as well as people’s own personal Anderson and Morrison shelters, it was a good area to be caught in during an air raid. Although the government tried to close down the many places where American GIs would canoodle with their lady friends, new ones popped up all the time.
Paddington Bear :-
Author Michael Bond was doing some last-minute present buying for his wife on Christmas Eve when he noticed a solitary teddy bear on the shelf. He bought the soft toy, which gave him the idea for Paddington, the bear from deepest Peru with a love of marmalade sandwiches. You’ll be near the station when you stay at Grand Park London Paddington and you can see the statue of the lost bear sitting in Paddington Station.
Paddling at Paddington :-
Paddington has plenty of canals that snake through it, from the Grand Union Canal to Regent’s Canal and the Paddington Basin. One area in Paddington, Maida Vale, is known as Little Venice for the abundance of water around. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and curiosities that cluster around the waterways. The new development at Merchant Square features goboats, paddleboarding, a sunken ship, floating garden, games, moving bridges and plenty of activities planned every day for families and friends out for a trip. Paddington is quickly being regenerated into an area of fun and fancy for everyone, and there’s never been a better time to visit this part of London.