The West London area of Paddington is an interesting place to spend some time. If you find yourself in the area, here are some of the most appealing things to do near Paddington Station. www.travelrows.com
First off, you could spend a little time examining the architecture of Paddington Station itself. The station famously gave its name to a little bear from darkest Peru, and is also a notable historic structure. It is grade I listed and was designed by the world-famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
St Mary’s Hospital
If you enjoy a Royal connection, you may be interested to know that St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, is where Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were all born. Historically, this is also an important place because it was here that Sir Alexander Fleming revolutionized the world of medicine when he discovered penicillin.
Explore Paddington’s Parks & Open Spaces
Throughout Paddington and within just a few minutes walk of Paddington Station you will discover plenty of fine parks and green spaces to enjoy. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are both just a few minutes walk away, and within the area you will also find plenty of other smaller parks and gardens including Norfolk Square and Talbot Square – both ideal picnic spots. Another good place to eat outdoors is Merchant Square, where you can enjoy street food on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as trying to navigate the world’s first water maze.
A notable area north of Paddington, also within easy walking distance, is Little Venice. This canal-side area is a charming place, with barges and boats, riverside pubs, water fowl, pretty streets and a towpath that is the perfect place to take a stroll. Here you will find a range of attractions, including two of the capitals most interesting theatrical venues – the canal-side Canal Cafe Theatre, and the Puppet Theatre Barge – actually on the water. In the summer months, free shows and events take place at Sheldon Square’s amphitheater.
Head Out Along the Canal
Along the canal, stroll along the tow path and you will encounter a range of attractions, including Heatherwick’s Rolling Bridge and Paddington Fan Bridge. The latter is in action on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon. If you want to take a longer walk, you could consider following the Regents Canal to ZSL London Zoo.
Alternatively, you can head out along the canal on the water. You can head out from Little Venice on canal boat trips to Camden, or hire a paddle board to make your own way along the waterway.
These are just some of the many things to do in this part of London. Simply taking a stroll through the streets will allow you to encounter many interesting sights and experiences.