Paddington awaits: its architecture, museums, entertainment and more!

Canals and parks frame the leafy district of Paddington in central London. It is known for its historic railway station, famous hospital and a marmalade-loving cartoon bear. Discover this delightful district’s elegant Georgian homes, tidy public squares and eclectic shops.

Admire the remarkable Fan Bridge, which is modeled after a traditional Japanese hand fan. Spanning 66 feet (20 meters) across Paddington Basin, the bridge rises using hydraulic jacks. Check out the equally impressive Rolling Bridge, which curls up like a ball. You can watch the movement of both bridges at midday on Wednesdays and Fridays.

On Tuesdays or Thursdays, head to Merchant Square to enjoy a lively street food market. Dine on a range of international dishes ranging from French to Lebanese.

Wander along Praed Street, which is lined with souvenirs shops and restaurants. Enjoy a meal on one of the street’s many open-air patios and watch the passers-by. View movies on the big screen in Sheldon Square in the summer.

Stop by St. Mary’s Hospital, where Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, computer science pioneer Alan Turing as well as princes Harry and William were all born. It is famous worldwide as the location where Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. Visit the hospital’s Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum to learn more about Fleming’s scientific breakthrough.

Marvel at the exquisite architecture of Paddington Station, with its elaborate arches and glazed roof. See the bronze statue of the railway’s architect, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, located between Platforms 8 and 9. Take the kids to see the statue on Platform 1 depicting fictional character Paddington Bear, who was named after the station.

Ride a boat from Paddington to Camden or Little Venice. Rent a paddleboard and get lessons from an operator beside the canal.

Paddington is located on the northwestern boundaries of central London, between Regent Park and Hyde Park. Paddington is a major transport hub, with easy connections to destinations around London and the U.K. Get here by riding the London Underground or the bus.

Relax on the patio of a charming café and examine examples of innovative engineering and architecture in Paddington.

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Top hotels in Paddington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Queens Park Hotel
3 out of 5
48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
£41/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
3.1/5 (1,974 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal ...

3.1/5 (1,974 reviews)

"Lovely clean place. Enjoyed our stay. Wi-fi just very slow"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

Queens Park Hotel
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Thistle Kensington Gardens
4 out of 5
104 Bayswater Road, London, England
£107/night
8 Sep-9 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (2,100 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Royal Albert Hall and Imperial College ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,100 reviews)

"The location is wonderful. I had a great time walking in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, found very nice pubs nearby and amenities like drugstores and supermarkets. The restaurant was very nice at the hotel, I ate in one night when I was jet lagged and it was a very pleasant experience. Everyone ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

Thistle Kensington Gardens
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Hilton London Metropole
4 out of 5
225 Edgware Road, London, England
£147/night
30 Aug-31 Aug
3.9/5Good! (7,897 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oxford Street, Park Lane and Marble Arch. Hyde Park and Baker Street are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (7,897 reviews)

"Awesome room. Nice bar and restaurant. Great concierge service"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

Hilton London Metropole
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Central Park Hotel
3 out of 5
49/67 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
£58/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
3.7/5Good! (855 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Kensington High Street and Royal ...

3.7/5Good! (855 reviews)

"I liked location . Staff were friendly . Room was very warm even with heat turned off..had to leave window open at night to keep cool"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

Central Park Hotel
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Park Grand Paddington Court
4 out of 5
27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington, London, England
£90/night
30 Aug-31 Aug
3.7/5Good! (1,706 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Kensington Palace and Kensington High Street are also ...

3.7/5Good! (1,706 reviews)

"Very clean and modern hotel, with everything you need. 24 hour reception was very nice."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2019

Park Grand Paddington Court
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Corus Hotel Hyde Park
4 out of 5
Lancaster Gate, London, England
£109/night
15 Sep-16 Sep
3.8/5Good! (3,987 reviews)

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Kensington Palace and Kensington High Street are also ...

3.8/5Good! (3,987 reviews)

"The room was really tiny as was the bathroom,but you can’t beat it for location and cost. We had dinner there and it was only fair and was expensive. Stay here for the location and eat elsewhere."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

Corus Hotel Hyde Park

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Relax in the stunning park with a view of the palace, explore the upscale high street and visit the galleries and museums of this affluent neighborhood.

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