Paddington Railway Station
Paddington Station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, opened in 1854 and remains one of the major transport hubs of London, with direct train links to London Heathrow Airport, the South West of England and South Wales. Situated within the City of Westminster, it is centrally placed and offers excellent Tube links for easy navigation around the Capital. With a choice of hotels near Paddington Railway Station, along with some fabulous attractions, restaurants and bars, it’s a great location from which to explore the city.
Paddington Station itself offers a number of shops and restaurants, catering for a wide range of visitors. Whether you fancy a takeaway or a glass of bubbly at the champagne bar, there is something for everyone. For those who love the marmalade-eating bear, there’s also a Paddington Bear Shop, where you can buy souvenirs relating to this 1960s icon.
If you enjoy Lebanese food, then a trip to Edgware Road is a great place to satisfy your taste buds with a number of excellent restaurants to choose from.
The Subway Gallery is a hidden gem, which can be found via the pedestrian subway below Edgware Road. There is a whole host of contemporary art on display, in a glass, 1960s kiosk.
Saunter along Regent’s Canal where you’ll come across Little Venice, with its colourful canal boats and waterside restaurants. Take a barge trip and head up through the North West of London, as far as Camden with its renowned market.
The Kensington Palace State Apartments, once home to both Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, houses a permanent display of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. It’s also possible to take a tour of both the Queen’s and King’s Apartments, adorned with paintings from the Royal Collection.
For a breath of fresh air, take a stroll in Kensington Gardens, where you can find the ever-popular Serpentine Gallery, known for its modern and contemporary art exhibitions, such as collections by Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. During the summer months, there’s also a café in the pavilion, where you can sit back and take in the scenery.
Forget you’re in the centre of London as you meander through the flower meadow and ornamental gardens of neighbouring Hyde Park. Go boating or swimming at the Serpentine Boating Lake, hire a bike or find a comfortable bench and watch the world go by.
This is a great location for shopping, with the districts of Bayswater, Marylebone and Westbourne Grove all within easy reach. Large department stores, as well as small, independent boutiques are in plentiful supply, along with some great cafes, restaurants and bars to round off your day perfectly. Chiltern Street in Marylebone offers a number of independent shops and cafes and is well worth a visit.
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