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 »
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 »
3 star classic hotel
10-12 Norfolk Square,, Paddington, W2 1RSShow on map
“Tudor Court Hotel is a classic venue located in the heart of Marylebone” The Tudor Court Hotel is a 36 room, 3 star hotel which is based in Paddington, West London. This lies in Zone 1 of the... Read More »
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Paddington is famously the name of a station, a borough of Westminster, and a lost, fictional Peruvian bear. It was the home of the Tyburn tree, where crowds gathered for centuries to see public executions, and is currently home to Paddington Green police station, which is the most important high-security police station in the country. A central part of English life for almost a millennium, Paddington is an ideal spot from which to explore the capital.
Whilst the area itself ranges from pretty Georgian terraces to high-density high-rises, blocks of flats that dwarf everything below, Paddington has a lot to offer those willing to look just below the surface. Its economy was harmed by the fact that its canal was disused for so long during the 20th century; even its goods yards were abandoned by the 1980s. However, since 1998 the Paddington Waterside Partnership has been working to redevelop areas of the canal, and to return it to some sort of use and beauty.
Central to Paddington, of course, is its station. It is an architectural and engineering marvel, having been designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1854. Underground trains started running from the station in 1863 as it was the terminus of the Metropolitan Railway, the worlds first underground railway. The station is currently the terminus for all services to the west of the country: Cardiff, Reading, Oxford, Bristol, Bath, and Heathrow are all reachable from Paddington. From Reading you can change to get the intercity trains to Manchester, Liverpool, and Edinburgh.
The underground station is on the Bakerloo, Circle and District, and Hammersmith & City lines. It is in Zone 1, and will become a station for Crossrail as of 2018. The underground platforms are accessible from two different areas, and the Bakerloo line and Hammersmith & City run from very different places (the District and Circle trains stop at both), so do find out which you will be using if you are going to be in a hurry at the station.
The station is where Paddington Bear was found, and also was where Agatha Christies 4:50 From Paddington went from. There is a statue of Paddington bear on the concourse, and there is a small shop selling Paddington Bear-based gifts.
Outside the station, much of Paddington is residential. Notable residents have included: Elvis Costello, Robert Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, and Emma Thompson. There are large developments of new flats around the Paddington Basin, which overlooks the canal.
The Edgeware Road is a bustling shopping street, and there are various pubs and clubs in the district, including the famous club for journalists, The Frontline Club.
St Marys Gardens provides a welcome green space in the middle of Paddingtons busy streets. As a district it is otherwise not as hospitable to pedestrians as nearby areas like Notting Hill, Little Venice and Maida Vale. Its transport links, however, are unsurpassed, and as a way of getting to Londons other, more attractive, destinations, Paddington is difficult to beat. It also puts you within a decent walk of Hyde Park and Lancaster Gate.