Visitors to Paddington will find the London House Hotel very accessible and very comfortable. It is only a few minutes from Paddington Station.
For many visitors, Paddington is inextricably linked to a little bear from Peru, who loves marmalade sandwiches. Paddington Station was where the Browns first met this loveable bear and took him home. You can follow in his footsteps, finding the places associated with him as well as exploring the network of canals around Little Venice, hidden garden squares and the magnificent Royal Parks of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Things to see and do in Paddington
Take a look around Paddington Station to see one of the most stunning railway stations in London. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it is now a Grade One listed building.
Who can resist the lure of the Paddington Bear statue at Paddington Station? Whatever the time of day, there are guaranteed to be children and adults keen to take a photograph with this loveable bear. Other attractions in the area include canal boat rides to London Zoo, a puppet theatre barge, giant chess and ping-pong tables in Norfolk Square Gardens and Talbot Square Gardens.
Anyone interested in science will be fascinated by a visit to the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum. This is where Alexander Fleming made the historic discovery of penicillin in 1928, and it has been carefully reconstructed just as it was when he worked there. You can also see an exhibition about his life and work.
There are countless cinemas and theatres around the area such as the Odeon at Whiteleys, The Screen at Baker Street or the Studio theatre in Paddington. The Cockpit Theatre is a lively fringe theatre which was London’s first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round. The annual Camden Fringe Festival is held here, together with many international plays, family shows and classic works. The Wigmore Hall is a well-known venue for classical music. If culture is your preference, then head for one of the many art galleries like the Serpentine Sackler and Serpentine Gallery to discover new artists and collections.
Merchant Square is a good place to visit every Tuesday and Thursday when it becomes home to countless street food vendors selling some of the best food in the area. Whiteley’s shopping centre offers a wide range of fast food and café outlets. For something more formal, try one of the many superb restaurants like Zizzi Paddington and Ångelus. The Summerhouse and The Waterway restaurants offer relaxing canal side views, while The Bridge House Pub is the perfect way to enjoy a meal and comedy show.
If you are hunting for Paddington Bear memorabilia, then this is definitely the place to be. An immense array of books, merchandise and, of course, lots of Paddington Bears are on offer at the only Paddington Bear shop in the world which can be found on the station concourse.
A short tube journey takes you to London’s oldest retail outlet – Whiteley’s. Once a department store and now a shopping mall housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building, it contains over 40 high quality brands such as Zara, Kurt Geiger, H&M and Gap.
Looking for some antiques? Then walk just a few minutes northwards from our hotels near Paddington Station London to find Alfies Antique Market. The building itself is really superb as it is built in an Egyptian style, with lots of art deco features. Inside you can find over 100 dealers selling every type of antique you can imagine, from furniture to jewellery, vintage clothing to ceramics. If you need a break from bargain hunting, there is even a café on the roof.
Browse the streets around Paddington to find a superb collection of independent stores and boutiques such as High & Mighty, Ritva Westenius, Office and ME & EM. Surprising bargains can be found at The Dresser, where second-hand gear is often donated by fashionistas. Looking for some special jewellery or watches? Then, William Mansell, is the place to go as this family run business has been trading here since 1864.
Bayswater is the nearest London Underground Station to the London House Hotel Kensington Garden Square. Paddington Station is one stop northwards on the District or Circle lines.