Four surprising things to do in Paddington
Located in west London Paddington is often seen as the gateway to the city and overlooked when it comes to sights and activities. Start exploring this lively area of London with our top four things to do.
1. Little Venice
A tranquil canal close to Paddington Station, Little Venice is a very rare attraction for London – a hidden gem unknown to even most Londoners. Stroll along the banks and window shop for your favourite boat, enjoying the quiet atmosphere and pretty overhanging trees. Quirky cafés and bars line the edges of the path and are ideal for those wanting to try delicious cuisine and drinks. Visitors can also book boat trips up to Camden Lock and London Zoo.
2. Puppet Theatre Barge
Located in Little Venice, the Puppet Theatre barge is exactly that – a children’s puppet theatre located on a barge. Dating back to 1978 settle your little ones into their seats and watch as their faces light up at the interesting scenes acted out by the puppets. The unique shows include monkeys, birds, people and more enacting scenes from Little Red Riding Hood and other favourite stories.
3. Paddington Station
Paddington Station is one of the largest in London and connects the city with the south and west of the UK. As one of the city’s biggest connectors, not many people stop to look at the building’s stunning architecture. Dating back to 1854 it was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and is one of his most famous works. The rounded glass roof was designed to let in light and open up this huge space. There is a statue of Brunel in the station itself.
Another famous figure connected to Paddington is Paddington Bear, whose statue can be seen on Platform 1. This is where he is said to have arrived when returning from Peru. Further down Platform 1, you will also find a statue of The Unknown Soldier. Built to commemorate the staff of Great Western Railway who lost their lives in the First World War.
4. Alexander Fleming’s Laboratory
St. Mary’s Hospital is where Alexander Fleming discovered what is often referred to the most important medicinal discovery – penicillin. In 1982 Fleming found the first antibiotic and some of its many uses, earning the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1945. The laboratory was recently restored and is now open to the public.
You may also know St. Mary’s Hospital for its fame as the birthplace of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and soon to be the latest addition to the Cambridge family.
Where to stay in Paddington?
Norfolk Towers, Paddington
A boutique hotel in Paddington Norfolk Towers has 85 rooms, all of which are decorated in a chic, modern style with all the amenities and facilities you need for a relaxing stay in Paddington. Complimentary WiFi is offered throughout and guests can also enjoy access to the lounge and restaurant. Serving Afternoon Tea, a range of exotic cocktails and a delicious take on British cuisine, the Roba Restaurant is perfect for those wanting to enjoy a range of dishes.