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Explore the lovely canals and intriguing architecture of this historic neighborhood made famous by a fictional bear from Peru.

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.

Top Hotels in Paddington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Thistle Kensington Gardens
Thistle Kensington Gardens
4 out of 5
104 Bayswater Road, London, England
CA $128
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (2,359 reviews)

"Good central position and close to Hyde park. Excellent hotel for a short break"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Thistle Kensington Gardens
Hilton London Paddington
Hilton London Paddington
4 out of 5
146 Praed Street, Paddington, London, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $160
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Oxford Street and Marble Arch are also within 1 mile ...

4/5Very Good! (1,944 reviews)

"Very convenient to Heathrow and access to London. An older building that needs some additional maintenance (I had to move rooms because of unexpected machine noise) but the staff is very well-trained, responsive, and very, very nice. I come here repeatedly and will continue to do so."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Hilton London Paddington
Central Park Hotel
Central Park Hotel
3 out of 5
49/67 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
CA $71
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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 ...

3.6/5Good! (1,359 reviews)

"Super helpful and understanding staff - helped with earlier checkout"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2020

Central Park Hotel
Lancaster Gate Hotel
Lancaster Gate Hotel
3 out of 5
66-71 Lancaster Gate, London, England
CA $120
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Buckingham Palace and The British Museum ...

3.9/5Very Good! (5,802 reviews)

"Amazing hotel, love the service. Front desk staff super polite, fantastic area"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Lancaster Gate Hotel
Hyde Park Executive Apartments
Hyde Park Executive Apartments
3 out of 5
8-18 Inverness Terrace, London, England
CA $77
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

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

3.2/5 (818 reviews)

"Very good condition the place and just a little issue was the staff to cook is very small and limited, and the housekeeping knocking the door to remember us for the checkout (that is not necessary), for the rest all good thanks."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2019

Hyde Park Executive Apartments
Corus Hotel Hyde Park
Corus Hotel Hyde Park
4 out of 5
Lancaster Gate, London, England
CA $141
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

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! (4,468 reviews)

"Very quick walk to Lancaster Gate tube station. Right across from the Italian gardens in Hyde park, so good for a nice stroll."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Popular things to do in Paddington

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(987 reviews)

Once the private hunting grounds of a king, London's most famous park is today a place where everyone can enjoy gardens, monuments and music performances. 

The Shard
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The Shard

4.5/5(309 reviews)

Ascend to the observation deck of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe for unparalleled views of the London cityscape.

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

4.5/5(1,022 reviews)

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

Big Ben
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Big Ben

3.5/5(917 reviews)

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Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(1,007 reviews)

One of the world’s most well-preserved medieval castles, this historic building is known for its fascinating and gruesome history.

O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4/5(108 reviews)

Created as the focal point of Britain’s millennium celebrations, today this architectural wonder offers a world of entertainment under one enormous roof.

Top activities in Paddington

London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

78% of travellers recommend
CA $67
Per adult
London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

CA $41
Per adult
Tower Bridge Exhibition Tickets
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Tower Bridge Exhibition Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
CA $17
Per adult
Day Trip to Oxford by Train
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Day Trip to Oxford by Train

96% of travellers recommend
CA $72
Per adult
The British Royal Private Tour with a Local
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The British Royal Private Tour with a Local

100% of travellers recommend
CA $25
Per adult
Stonehenge Express Half-Day Tour from London
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Stonehenge Express Half-Day Tour from London

CA $179
Per adult

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