Paddington is an area of northwest central London, a little further out than Marylebone, mainly known for its association with a clumsy Peruvian bear. Aside from its most famous son, Paddington is a pleasant, upper middle-class urban area of London, whose landmarks include the railway station designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and the UK’s most high-security police station. Paddington hotels still make a good London base, though. It’s relatively close to Hyde Park and has good transport to the centre. Paddington Station has national rail links to Heathrow Airport and the scenic Cotswolds, and an express service to Oxford, one of England’s most beautiful and historical cities.
Paddington hotels are extremely numerous, and run the gamut from one to four stars. The closest hotel, the one star Fairways Bayswater should represent good value for most customers. A simple, homey guesthouse with minimal staff (guests collect their keys from a neighbouring hotel under the same ownerships), the Bayswater is well-situated and perfectly comfortable. Just across the road is a three star alternative, the Mitre House Hotel, which looks a little like a village pub with its dated décor and dark wooden furnishings, but provides much the same familiar comfort.
A more modern option is the Hotel Indigo London, a relaxed and pleasing little boutique hotel very close to the station. Indigo is small, but manages to cram in an excellent eco-friendly restaurant and brasserie, a very shiny fitness centre, and many interesting design choices. Definitely worth a look if you’re in the area.
Paddington station is home to four underground lines going through two connected tube stations. Praed Street hosts the Circle and District Lines between Bayswater and Edgware Road, and the Bakerloo Line between Edgware Road and Warwick Avenue. The Bishop’s Bridge Road station hosts the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines between Royal Oak and Edgware Road.
Paddington station is a major rail and tube station located in Paddington, near central London. The station is accessible from the Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City, District and Circle lines of the Underground system, and is situated within Travelcard Zone 1.
The station holds great historical importance, being the London terminus of the Great Western Railway and whatever successors came after since 1838.
Paddington station was also designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and served as the original western terminal of the Metropolitan Railway, the precursor to the modern London Underground system. There is a healthy future for Paddington too, with a new Crossrail station being built that will connect both national rail and Underground lines across London, though services will not be in action until at least 2017.
Paddington is an area in the City of Westminster, and is located in central London. As with most areas of London, there is great shopping to be had in Paddington, with everything from bookbinders to vets in the area. Also, as you will see below, the area is chock-full of excellent restaurants plus cool bars and nightclubs.
The world famous Natural History Museum is located less than a mile from Paddington, and has brilliant collections including dinosaurs and the chance to come face to face with the largest creature on earth, the Blue Whale.
Also relatively close by is the Science Museum, which displays some of the technological and industrial wonders of our age. Also quite near to Paddington station is the Cartoon Museum, which is a great location to indulge your inner child with attractive collections of the best comic art, caricatures and cartoons.
As mentioned before, Paddington is home to a great number and range of restaurants and bars. Various cuisines are also very much in evidence, with everything from Middle Eastern at the Levantine to Japanese at Yakitoria.
There is a good range of prices too, with special restaurants such as La Perla alongside more chain-type outlets such as Zizzi's and the Aberdeen Steak House. This is not to cast any doubt on the latter though, as they both offer good quality food.
There is also a good range with regards to pubs and clubs too. The Ladbrokes Casino and Sports bar in Paddington is a good choice for a night out, combining drinking and socialising with the thrill of gambling thrown in too! There are also more "normal" pubs, such as the Sussex Arms and the Pride of Paddington, but there are also good bars to dance the night away in, with the Sloe Bar and The Union bars both worthy of a mention.
In short, the area of Paddington, whilst not one of the most visited in London, still has much to offer anyone travelling to or through it.
Some visitors to Paddington may prefer to look beyond their hotel for a hearty morning meal. And if you’re that way inclined, you’d do worse than sampling Core, an excellent eaterie located on South Wharf Road.
Core pride themselves on their tasty, wholesome, and nutritious food, and wherever possible they use locally sourced organic meat, fruit, and vegetables. Deli-style counters and an open plan kitchen enable you to see the fresh produce used in your meal. Popular breakfasts at Core include delicate smoked salmon, organic bacon and gently scrambled woodland eggs.
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