There’s so much to see and do in London that it can be hard to choose from all the shopping, sights, and great food and drink. Paddington alone has a great deal to do and see and is an area rich with history. Sometimes you just need to get on foot and explore, and that’s exactly what a good walking tour offers.
You get to know the area, learn something about it and be entertained. There’s nothing quite like peeling back the history and learning something new. With this in mind, let’s go over some of the best walking tours within well, walking distance of The Chilworth London Paddington.
Marylebone Food Tour
Offered by London From Scratch, the Marylebone Food Tour covers a wide range of eateries in this lovely, eclectic part of London. Lasting three and a half hours, the tour will take you to the glitziest establishments and the best local spots for everything from artisanal coffee to Syrian cuisine. If you’re too full for lunch or dinner after the tour, you can always go back to your Montcalm hotel and indulge in the best afternoon tea in London.
As you sample all the delicious treats on offer, the experienced tour guide fills you in on the local history and outlines what a truly cosmopolitan area Marylebone really is. London from Scratch tends to keep its tour groups small, so you won’t be with more than ten people, and the tour location is only a ten-minute walk from our hotels near Paddington Station.
The Grand Union Canal
Covering Little Venice and Paddington Green, this tour from London Walks takes you into parts of the capital you never knew existed.
You’ll track a route along the beautiful Grand Union Canal, hearing about the local history and the good and the great who once graced the area. Little Venice itself is a gem of the area, and probably one of the most beautiful parts of London. It’s called Little Venice for a reason, and you’ll feel more like you’re in one of the home counties than the centre of London.
Tours kick off from Paddington Tube, which is less than 5-minutes from The Chilworth London, Paddington. It’s a great walk and even better during the summer months, when the waterways are alive with barges, and there are some great pubs and restaurants to note down for later.
Haunted London: Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Tour
This two and a half hour tour combines the fictional and the real, the old and the new, to create an entrancing view into London’s murky past. The tour starts at Victoria Coach Station, which is a 15-minute Tube from Montcalm hotels near Paddington Station
It’s a combination of walking tour and bus tour, with your ride for the night a retro London double-decker, with multiple stops along the way to see some infamous locales. The tour covers all the most famous sites mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes novels and also throws in the execution sites of King Charles I and William Wallace. It also covers the sites associated with the infamous crimes of Jack the Ripper, steering a perfect course between informative and dramatic, without feeling exploitative.