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Paddington is an urban, family-friendly neighbourhood with convenient options for restaurants. The neighbourhood's architecture and friendly people are just a couple of its charming qualities. You can satisfy your cultural palate with art and theatre. Paddington has hotels to suit everyone's tastes, and makes a great home base for exploring the sights in and around London.
The museums and theatres provide some cultural flavour, while the monuments and historic sites offer insight into local lore. Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Palace, and Judith Clark Costume Gallery feature a variety of exhibits. You can buy tickets to live performances at Royal Albert Hall, Electric Cinema, and Wigmore Hall. Swing by Church of Saint Mary, Church Street Market, and Tyburn Convent to learn about local history. Some landmarks that can't be missed include Edward Jenner Statue, Rolling Bridge, and Peter Pan Statue. Be sure to get some family photos at Queen Mary's Gardens, London Zoo, and BT Tower.
Many visitors like to do some shopping while in town, but there are a number of other activities. You can take some time to enjoy the outdoors at Italian Gardens, Diana Memorial Playground, and Kensington Gardens. Surround yourself with nature at Primrose Hill, Vauxhall City Farm, and London Wetland Centre. For retail therapy, consider Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Portobello Road Market, and Selfridges, and seek out the perfect souvenir. You won't be disappointed visiting other sights like Hyde Park Stables, Speakers’ Corner, or Lord's Cricket Ground.
Don't miss some of the area's most popular attractions, such as Imperial College London, Harrods, and Buckingham Palace. You can also stop by Elfin Oak, The Grosvenor Victoria Casino London, and Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
For a quick way to explore the city, catch a ride on metro transit at Paddington Underground Station, Lancaster Gate Underground Station, or Bayswater Underground Station. To venture out of town, take a train from London Paddington Station.
At 15.9 km (9.9 miles), London (LCY-London City) is the closest major airport to Paddington. London (LHR-Heathrow) is the next closest airport, 19.3 km (12 miles) away.