A buzzing city atmosphere, excellent connectivity access, world-class entertainment, and lush green parks. Yes, we are talking about Paddington! The popular London neighbourhood is one of the most vibrant areas in the city, loved by locals and travellers alike! If it’s your first time in London or you’re a seasoned traveller, here’s all you need to know about staying in Paddington and exploring its central London charm!
History of Paddington
Located in the London borough of Westminster, the name Paddington dates to the 10th century when it was originally known as ‘Padintune’. Also, several historians claim Paddington to be an Anglo-Saxon settlement! It was in the 16th century that settlement at Paddington Green saw an uprise, followed by the architectural development of St. Mary’s Church in 1790. Book a luxurious stay at The Chilworth London Paddington Hotel with supremely comfortable rooms, and suites with premium amenities, nestled in the buzzing and vibrant heart of Paddington in London city.
Staying in Paddington gives you swift access to the suburb’s cosy cafes, gorgeous gardens, squares, and picturesque parks. The area is best known for the Grand Union Canal, the oh-so-popular Paddington Station with a rich history and the St Mary’s Hospital where Penicillin was discovered. Paddington is the birthplace of Prince William, Prince George, Prince Harry, and Princess Charlotte. The Paddington Station is also home to the oh-so-popular Paddington Bear statue, where the charismatic Peruvian Bear was first found by the Brown family!
Exploring Paddington and Nearby Attractions
Exploring Paddington’s charming local attractions and the enticing attractions nearby is always an amazing experience. Here are some of the best destinations to include in your itinerary!
Paddington Bear at the Station
Spot the one-of-its-kind bronze statue of the beloved Paddington Bear under the clock at Platform 1 of the Paddington Station. Don’t miss out on some great photo opportunities here, while the kids will love browsing through a dedicated Paddington Bear shop in the world for gifts. For a more exciting experience, you can also explore the family-friendly Pawprint Trail adventure and relax with a rejuvenating spa near Paddington for a wholesome experience!
Alexander Fleming Museum
If you love unveiling historic tales, make sure to explore the world-renowned Alexander Fleming Museum! Nestled inside the historic St. Mary’s Hospital, the museum is solely dedicated to the life and work of the revolutionary scientist- Alexander Flemming. Visit the recreated version of the laboratory where Penicillin was discovered and attend an exclusive exhibition narrating Fleming’s life story and the impact of his discovery on modern healthcare.
With your stay at one of the hotels near Paddington Station London, you can easily explore Hyde Park from your doorstep. Spend some nature-loving time at this royal and massive park in the heart of London city! Take a journey through London’s history as you explore the Princess Diana Memorial, Speaker’s Corner and Serpentine Lake at its heart. On a clear sky day, you can enjoy a classic British picnic here!
Add to your experience with a visit to Little Venice, a peaceful respite away from the hustle and bustle of the city! Spot the vibrant, Regency-style houses and colourful boats. Dine in at a cosy waterfront café or catch an enticing show at the Puppet Theatre Barge here, for the much-needed dose of entertainment.
No London exploration is complete without an extraordinary cinema experience! So, head to The Everyman Cinema on Baker Street and watch a cult classic or a much-awaited latest release with comfy seating and enjoy your favourite cocktails and snacks at the in-house café, cocktail bar, and lounge!
For all shoppers, you’ll be glad to know that Paddington is perfectly positioned to explore the most popular retail streets of the world-renowned Oxford Street, Bond Street, Carnaby Street and Regent Street. Explore the most diverse range of premium brands and independent boutique stores for a shop-till-you-drop experience! Don’t miss out on the iconic Selfridges store, the HMV store, and many other high street flagship stores here.
Getting Around Paddington
An advantage of staying at one of the Paddington hotels on special offers with breakfast and other exclusive amenities is the convenience of excellent transport links on the District, Circle, Bakerloo, and Hammersmith & City Tube lines.