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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
AU$177
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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! (2,339 reviews)

"Staff were very helpful and went out of their way to accommodate special requests. Ricardo in the dining room was wonderful as were Michael and Janisha at the front desk. Rooms are clean, and bathrooms are decent. No fridge in the rooms and no drawers for storage of clothing was a disappointment. ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2020

Thistle Kensington Gardens
Corus Hotel Hyde Park
Corus Hotel Hyde Park
4 out of 5
Lancaster Gate, London, England
AU$166
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

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! (4,403 reviews)

"Impressive lobby area. Single rooms not quite up to standard. One had the bed tight up against the window wall on a freezing cold January night."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2020

Corus Hotel Hyde Park
London House Hotel
London House Hotel
3 out of 5
81 Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, England
AU$109
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portobello Road Market, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. Royal Albert Hall and Oxford Circus ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,210 reviews)

"Clean and tidy hotel. Located in an area with excellent transport links. Good choice of pubs and restaurants nearby. Staff friendly."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2020

London House Hotel
Hilton London Paddington
Hilton London Paddington
4 out of 5
146 Praed Street, Paddington, London, England
AU$217
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

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! (1,950 reviews)

"Great location right at the station. They allow very early check-in if the room is ready."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2020

Hilton London Paddington
Central Park Hotel
Central Park Hotel
3 out of 5
49/67 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
AU$106
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31

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! (1,298 reviews)

"The best part of the hotel is it’s location. It is so close to busses and tube stations. The room was decent but definitely could have been cleaner! The staff was neither friendly nor helpful. Asking them for anything seemed to be more of a burden to them."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2020

Central Park Hotel
The Westbourne Hyde Park
The Westbourne Hyde Park
4 out of 5
51 Gloucester Terrace, London, England
AU$189
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Kensington High Street and Kensington Palace are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,841 reviews)

"Good size room for London, including a living space."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2020

The Westbourne Hyde Park

Popular things to do in Paddington

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

4.5/5(618 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

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Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

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Big Ben
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Big Ben

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Tower of London
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Tower of London

4.5/5(488 reviews)

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O2 Arena
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O2 Arena

4/5(72 reviews)

Attend music and sports events, see a movie or go bowling in one of the busiest arenas in the world, situated inside this iconic dome by the River Thames.

Top activities in Paddington

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

AU$74

Zip around London town like a local on one of the city's iconic double-decker buses. Hop off to explore the city's historic sights and iconic architecture on foot, and glide down the River Thames on a sightseeing cruise to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the English capital.

London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

AU$45

Experience the best of London's attractions and charm-filled neighborhoods from the open-air top of a comfortable, double-decker bus. Take advantage of unlimited rides along 5 routes, hopping off at any of more than 70 stops along the way to get a closer look.

Tower Bridge Exhibition Tickets
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Tower Bridge Exhibition Tickets

AU$19

Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of London's most recognizable landmarks at the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Step onto a glass walkway high above the Thames, see the engineering marvel at work in the Victorian Engine Rooms, and admire works by local artists on display at the bridge.

The British Royal Private Tour with a Local
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The British Royal Private Tour with a Local

AU$27

Follow the footsteps of the Royal family and discover London’s royal history and highlights together with a local private guide. Learn about the connections between the monarchs and different monuments and soak up the atmosphere of this cosmopolitan area.

Day Trip to Oxford by Train
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Day Trip to Oxford by Train

AU$79

Walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers on this tour of the university town of Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires. A quick and easy train ride from London puts you on the grounds of elite colleges, where you can delve into centuries of academic history with a local guide.

London Private Transfer from central London to Heathrow Airport
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London Private Transfer from central London to Heathrow Airport

AU$38

Take the worry out for your departure to London Heathrow Airport and pre-book a private transfer to suit your group size (up to 8 people). Avoid the long lines for taxis at the hotel, and travel in the comfort of a Premium car or minivan.

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