One of the many advantages of Park Grand London Paddington Hotel is it in the heart of some of the best shopping in the capital.
The City of Westminster is home to plenty of great retailers ranging from international brand names to smaller independent sellers.
Leading fashion brands
Those looking for the latest fashions will be spoilt for choice with the excellent shops stocking a whole range of the most up-to-date trends.
Key areas include Edgware Road, Kendall Street and Porchester Place for shoppers looking for a mix of bargains and designer labels.
One of the most luxury brands with an outlet in Paddington is Astley Clarke. This jewellry shop is the perfect destination for anyone hoping to purchase a special item that may remind them of their trip to London, with a lovely selection rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
Another popular choice for jewellry can be found at the world-famous Tiffany & Co.
The nearest Tiffany & Co branch to the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel is based at 25 Old Bond Street in the luxury district of Mayfair, so it a short walk or Tube ride from Paddington Station. Tiffany & Co is open daily from 10am until 7pm on Mondays to Saturdays and from 12pm until 5pm on Sundays for weekend shoppers.
One of the highlights in the Paddington retail world is Grade II-listed Whiteleys. The large retail centre is home to a number of key brands, including Gap, H&M, The Body Shop, Zara and Marks & Spencer.
The centre is open every day each week from 8am to midnight, although individual retailers may have differing opening hours.
There is also plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat if you need a break from all that shopping!
Whiteleys is a short 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.
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.
Originally opened in 1976, the market is based in a quirky 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 lovely rooftop cafe – perfect after a hard day’s shopping.
The market can be found on Church Street and is a short walk from Paddington Station and stretches from the south side of the street to the end of Lisson Grove.
Owner Bennie Gray, describes the market as a must-see and adds: “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.”
Paddington’s most famous resident
Of course, no-one can visit Paddington without finding out more about a certain famous bear named after the London district. Close to the station is a Paddington Bear shop that sells a whole host of Peru bear-themed goodies, including t-shirts, books, badges, stickers and cuddly toys.
In addition, there is even a life-size statue of Paddington Bear so you can get a selfie with the famous children’s character as well.