4 star modern hotel
144 Praed St, Paddington, W2 1HUShow on map
Formerly the Quality Crown Hotel, the Mercure Paddington is a sleek, central London hotel conveniently located seconds from Paddington Station and the 15-minute Heathrow Express connection. Exceptional... Read More »
5A London Street, Paddington, W2 1HLShow on map
“Budget friendly venue based in Paddington”The Hotel Sophia is a 13 room, budget friendly hotel based in Paddington, West London. This lies in Zone 1 of the Underground system. The closest tube... Read More »
4 star modern hotel
146 Praed Street, Paddington, W2 1EEShow on map
If you are flying in to London, the last thing you want to do is trek arduously to your hotel as jet lag kicks in. Luckily the Hilton Paddington Hotel is literally seconds away from Paddington Station, where... Read More »
25 London Street, Paddington, W2 1HHShow on map
The Royal Norfolk Hotel is housed in one of the elegant Victorian town houses, which line leafy Norfolk Square in the Paddington district of London, ideally located for Paddington Station, where the Heathrow... Read More »
Bed and Breakfast
5-9 Norfolk Square, Paddington, Paddington, W2 1RUShow on map
The Cardiff Hotel in Paddington has been run by the same family since 1958, which gives it a welcoming, homely feel. One of the many low-cost tourist-class hotels situated around Norfolk Square, the hotel... Read More »
30 Norfolk Square, Paddington, W2 1RSShow on map
Part of the Aga Hotel group, Tony's House Hotel is a low cost low quality bed and breakfast situated in London's Paddington district. It overlooks a landscaped garden square and is housed in a very... Read More »
13 - 17 Norfolk Square, Paddington, W2 1RUShow on map
The Ashley Hotel is a 54-bedroom hotel comprising three elegant Victorian town houses. It is situated in the very heart of London, but has the added bonus of being located in a garden square with no through... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
25-27 Norfolk Square, Paddington, W2 1RXShow on map
"Elegant townhouse rooms overlook a delightful garden square in West London" Established for 25 years in an elegantly converted Georgian terrace building, Chrysos Hotel is a superior 3-Star hotel in West... Read More »
48 Norfolk Square,, Paddington, W2 1RTShow on map
Hotel Information This independent budget hotel is just around the corner (0.2 miles) from Paddington station, which is railway terminus and on the Underground. From Paddington mainline station you can catch... Read More »
46 Norfolk Square, Paddington, W2 1RTShow on map
“The St George Paddington Hotel is less than 5 minutes from Paddington Station” The St George Hostel is a 20 room, one star hostel that is located in Paddington, West London. This lies in Zone... Read More »
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When most people have a brush with mould, it's usually on some past its best bread before it is quickly transferred to the bin. Luckily for the human race, Sir Alexander Fleming wasn't so quick to get rid of the gruesome stuff, and his discovery was to revolutionise the face of medicine throughout the world, when he discovered that an unusual fungus in one of his experiments was actually the life-saving drug penicillin, the cure of some of the most vicious diseases of the time, such as scarlet fever, pneumonia, meningitis and diphtheria. A medicine now used as a common pharmaceutical cure. It's often inspiring to visit the sites of huge discoveries, where perhaps some semblance of the inspiration that drove Fleming can be felt, which is why his laboratory, which has now been turned into a museum, is such a fascinating place to visit.
Fleming originated from Scotland and after studying medicine and moving to London to join the research department at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in Paddington, he was enlisted in World War I as part of the Royal Army Medical Corps. It was here that he would discover the focus of his life's work, when he was appalled by how many soldiers died from septic wounds, a tragic and senseless loss, which could potentially be easily prevented.
Fleming returned from war eager to find an anti-bacterial agent which would prevent loss of life and in his humble laboratory, in 1928 he spotted the fungus that would end the suffering and death of millions, for which Fleming would later be awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The museum at St Mary's Hospital is most notable for how unassuming it is, when one would expect such a grand discovery to be found in slightly more auspicious circumstances. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the medical genius and view his equipment, workspace and personal effects.
The museum also has a film and information about Fleming's life, charting his rise to decorated scientist and documenting his fascinating life, decrying the popular myth about how Fleming once saved Prime Minister Winston Churchill's life and as a mark of gratitude Churchill’s father funded his education, but revealing some even more intriguing information about the man.
As Fleming himself said, 'When I woke up just after dawn on September 28, 1928, I certainly didn't plan to revolutionise all medicine by discovering the world's first antibiotic, or bacteria killer - but I suppose that was exactly what I did.’ and this museum gives the inspiring message that a startling discovery can be right under your nose if you look hard enough for it. The museum is open from 10am to 1pm from Monday to Thursday or via appointment and the nearest tube is at Paddington Station. If you have an hour or so to kill and you want to learn more about this amazing stroke of luck, and the impressive man behind it, it's well worth popping in and perusing the antique equipment.