It is not often that you will speak of London without mentioning Paddington. Located in the city of Westminster, you will find this upmarket treasure that infuses a combination of old meets new. As we make our way through the Paddington district, we are greeted with shiny modern buildings against a backdrop of impressive Georgian townhouses. What makes this location great is its central positioning, close to all the action that London has to offer. You have one of the most popular attractions – Paddington Station located on the famous Praed street. The street itself is an attraction with all the popular bars, cafes and street side eateries. The Devonshire Hotel London is one of a few hotels in this area that give you access to most of the city’s attractions. The hotel is located within walking distance to Paddington Station, which allows you to get to London Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express in a matter of minutes. Another station in the area is Lancaster Gate allowing commuters to access both the east and west part of the city using the London Underground. With that being said, there is much more to Paddington than just its station. In this article, we will highlight some of the hidden gems that Paddington has to offer.
The Rolling Bridge
Innovative architecture is the drawing factor of this unique bridge in London. Designed by London’s acclaimed architect’s – Thomas Heatherwick, the Rolling Bridge is truly a masterpiece worth seeing. Like with many water bridges, its primary purpose was to allow pedestrians to cross the canal, while also affording canal boats to pass through without disruptions. The bridge’s intricate technology is what curling effect as it opens up.
Paddington Green Gardens
Paddington Green is the epitome of ancient Paddington. This is the oldest part of this district, and it was in 1988 that this area became a conservatory. Its lush greenery offers a tranquil space for Londoners to come and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the city. While some parks in London tend to be rather touristy, this space is one of the best-kept secrets in town. These London Hotel Deals will allow visitors to stay at nearby hotels and avoid some of the touristy crowds near the Hyde Park area.
The quietness and tranquility that Little Venice is what makes this place a gem in a busy metropolis like London. While London is one of the most visited cities in the world, very few visitors make their way to this part of the town. Just like in Venice, Italy, this part of the city is watertight with classic architecture, narrow streets and the canal ways forming the centre of attraction. The romantic space is excellent for enjoying a chilled Sunday morning at one of the cafes overlooking the canal. There are several things to do in this part of town including, taking a taxi boat to Camden market, enjoying a stroll along the canal, or heading to one of the best Restaurants Near Paddington for an intimate dinner for two.
The Waterside Cafe
If conventional restaurants are not what you are looking for, then Paddington has just the right solution for you. The Waterside Cafe is an incredible addition to the culinary scenery in London. Diners have the option of enjoying a delicious meal from the comprehensive drinks and food menu while marvelling at the breathtaking views of Regent’s canal and other attractions in the city.
Paddington Bear Shop
Not only has it been the location for some of the best movies and stories ever told, but it is also home to some of the world’s A-list celebrities. Located within Paddington Station fans of the children’s book Paddington Bear can head to the station for a fan out session. Not only will you find a life-size bronze statue of London’s famous bear, but there is also a charming shop that features all the Paddington Bear memorabilia and souvenirs.
The English capital is a favourite spot for enjoying a party or after-work drinks with friends. One of the favourite things to do for most Londoners is hitting the bars for delicious beer or cocktails. During your visit to Paddington be sure to make a stop at Old mary’s to sample some of their quirky cocktails. The bar is tucked away behind the Mitre, and some of the unexpected cocktails include the Buor Blower which is a mixture of two types of vodka and gin paired together with fresh apple juice and bitters. Another cocktail worth trying is one of the barrel-aged cocktails served with pickled onions and edible flowers.
Heist Bank is an all-day attraction that features multiple activities centred around one location. Art-lovers can explore the exhibitions by local artists at the in-house art gallery, while gamers can take on their competitive streak at the games arcade. There is also a trendy bar and restaurant serving easy to eat meals. Foods that you can expect to find on the menu include pizza, burgers and an indulging sweet treat of the banana boat.
St James’s Church
Like with most of London, visitors to the city can expect to find several different architectural structures dating back hundreds of years. There is something about old churches that attracts visitors around the world. Located in the Sussex Gardens of Paddington, you will find St James’s church, a parish of the Church of England. The church is situated approximately 175 m from Hyde Park, making this location a definite must-visit.
With so many things to do in just one part of the city, one can only imagine all the fantastic things worth seeing in London. Most of the centrally located hotels offer a comprehensive guide of the city and visitors can curate a personalized tour in search of some of the cities hidden gems.