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Local Attractions

Discover the many local attractions in and around Paddington area.

Paddington Bear Statue

For anyone who has read the children's stories about Paddington, the little bear from Darkest, Peru, a quick stop to see the statue in Paddington Station is a must.

This bronze figure was created by artist Marcus Cornish. It depicts the furry fan of marmalade sitting on his suitcase and wearing his famous floppy hat and a tag that asks, "Please look after this bear."

Hyde Park

Covering 350 acres, Hyde Park is one of London's most popular green spaces. Indeed, it offers a little something for everyone - whether you wish to go paddle boating in the Serpentine, ride a horse around the grounds or enjoy a quiet stroll in picturesque surroundings.

The park is home to a number of monuments, including the Princess Diana Fountain and the 7 July Memorial. In addition, various statues and works of art are scattered around the landscape.

The Marble Arch

Situated at the north-east corner of Hyde Park near Speaker's Corner, the Marble Arch was originally built as an entrance gate to Buckingham Palace. It was dismantled and relocated to its current location in 1850 when construction on the palace meant that the arch needed to be moved.

Kensington Palace

Located in Kensington Gardens, and within close proximity to Paddington, this palace has served as a royal residence for over 300 years. Today, it is the official London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Visitors can take a tour of the interior, giving them the chance to see many of the rooms and to learn about the historic figures who lived in the palace. Meanwhile, the lovely grounds and orangery are ripe for exploration.

Albert Memorial

A breathtaking monument on the southern side of Kensington Gardens, the Albert Memorial is an ornate structure that Queen Victoria commissioned after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, in 1861.

The centrepiece of the monument is a statue of Prince Albert. He is in a seated position and the entire figure is covered in gold leaf. Other features include the elaborate mosaics and the statues of the Virtues.

The Museums

The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum are located together on Cromwell Road in South Kensington and approximately a 20 minutes journey by public transport from Paddington.

All three offer free entry for both children and adults, so there's sure to be something for everyone, whether you are interested in innovation, engineering, biology, art, architecture or design.

 

Eating and Drinking

Whether you fancy a gourmet dinner or the relaxed ambience of a cocktail bar, there are many pubs and restaurants to choose from in Paddington and within close proximity to Paddington.

E&O

A popular restaurant in Notting Hill, E&O serves pan-Asian cuisine in a vibrant and modern setting. It was opened in 2001 and has earned a reputation for delicious, eclectic food and high-quality service.

Menu items include everything from sushi through to curry, dim sum and barbecue - not to mention some amazing cocktails.

The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen

Situated at the eastern side of the Serpentine, the lake in Hyde Park, this is a fantastic place to sit back and relax - especially when the sun is shining.
Enjoy a hot drink or a glass of wine while taking in the lovely views of the park. What's more, there are many tasty snacks on offer - like cakes, sandwiches and salads.

Searcy's Champagne Bar

Although Paddington Station might not be the first place you think of for a sophisticated Champagne bar, from the moment you step into Searcy's you'll be whisked away from the frenzied travellers and into an art-deco oasis where you can relax and enjoy some of the finest drinks in the world.

Just some of the options available at the elegant bar include Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot and Balfour Brut.

Locanda Locatelli

Situated in Marylebone, Locanda Locatelli is a family-run restaurant established in 2002 with head chef Giorgio Locatelli in the kitchen and his wife Plaxy in the front of house.
Featuring a friendly, intimate atmosphere - accentuated by a stunning interior designed by architect David Collins - Locanda Locatelli is a premier destination for those seeking top-quality traditional Italian fare.

Dinings

If you love sushi and Japanese food, Dinings is the place to go in Marylebone. Situated on Harcourt Street, this chic venue serves a wide range of Izakaya-style dishes with a fusion of modern European cuisine.

Dinings takes pride in using organic and locally sourced ingredients. Plus, the portions are deliberately small - think tapas - so you can taste a little bit of everything.

Phoenix Palace

For some of the best dim sum in London, the Phoenix Palace is the place to go. Located a short walk from Regent's Park, this ornately decorated Chinese restaurant offers a huge range of dishes.

You may have to queue for a table, but it's definitely worth the wait for the steamed dumplings, crispy spring rolls and cheung fun - and be sure to try the barbeque pork buns.

 

Shopping

London offers plenty of shopping opportunities for those who fancy a bit of retail therapy.

Portobello Road

On Saturdays in Notting Hill, Portobello Road is transformed into one of the world's largest antiques markets, stretching nearly a kilometre and selling everything from furniture and bric-a-brac through to clothing and jewellery. Many stalls also sell street food, fresh fruit and vegetables and other goods.
What's more, there are a number of antique shops in the area, so even when the market isn't open, Portobello Road is a great destination.

Burlington Arcade

An elegant shopping destination in Mayfair, Burlington Arcade offers a collection of luxury shops selling items such as jewellery, leather goods, high-end fashion, antiques and perfume.

Whether you're looking to find a treasure or are just window-shopping, Burlington Arcade is sure to delight. Be sure to keep an eye out for the lovely glass ceiling and the traditionally dressed attendants in frock coats and top hats - called Beadles.

Piccadilly

Piccadilly, a few stops via the underground from Paddington station is home to some of the best shops in London, giving you plenty to see and do when you book hotel spa packages at the Shaftesbury.

Fortnum & Mason

If you're looking for luxury food items, a trip to Fortnum & Mason is sure to delight. Established for more than 150 years, it is a premier destination for fine foods, with products ranging from chocolates and confectionary, through to exclusive Champagnes.

Indeed, the shop - which is located on Piccadilly Road - has held numerous Royal Warrants through the years. It's also a popular place to go for afternoon tea and is home to a variety of restaurants and a wine bar.

Liberty

Located on Regent Street, Liberty is an up-market department store that offers everything from home furnishings through to food, flowers, fabric and fashion.
Before you go in, be sure to take some time to admire the building's stunning exterior - built in a Tudor Revival style, it has a Grade II listing.

South Kensington Farmer's Market

If you're shopping for fresh, local or organic foods, this is the place to go in Kensington, a few stops via the underground from Paddington station.

Open every Saturday, you'll find stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meat from unusual breeds, unique sausages, artisan breads, mouth-watering cakes and dairy products like milk, eggs, cheese and yogurt.

 

Entertainments

Discover the wonderful art, exhibition spaces and theatre options when staying in Paddington.

The Phantom of the Opera

The second-longest running West End musical, the Phantom of the Opera was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and has been performed at Her Majesty's Theatre in Westminster since 1986.

A love story full of mystery, intrigue and excitement, Phantom is also famous for its hauntingly beautiful music, including songs like Think of Me, All I Ask of You and Angel of Music.

Royal Festival Hall

Located on the lively South Bank, the Royal Festival Hall is a venue with nearly 3,000 seats and which hosts events like concerts, dance performances, theatre and talks. It's also the home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

A Grade I listed building, which was completed in 1951, the structure has a striking Modernist design and is surrounded by other top London attractions like the Golden Jubilee Bridge and the London Eye.

Apsley House Art Collection

The official London home of the Duke of Wellington, Apsley house is a lovely 18th-century building located near Hyde Park Corner.

As well as providing a striking display of architecture, the building also houses a wide collection of paintings by artists like Rubens, Goya and Sir David Wilkie, as well as sculpture and antiques.

Les Miserables

The West End's longest-running musical, this show has been running since 1985. Today, it can be found in the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miz tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man incarcerated for 19 years after stealing a loaf of bread. When he's released from prison, he escapes parole and raises an orphan named Cosette - while avoiding his parole officer and playing a part in the French Revolution.

Coliseum Theatre

Located on St Martin's Lane, the Coliseum can be recognised by the illuminated globe that is constantly spinning on the roof. It was first opened in 1904 and was one of the first theatres in London to have electric lighting.

Today, the venue is a Grade II listed building and home to the English National Opera.

The Globe Theatre

Providing a fabulous mix of performance and history, this venue is a reconstruction of the 17th-century theatre in which William Shakespeare's plays were originally performed.
Today, visitors can enjoy a fascinating museum with exhibits about the history of the site, as well as its current use. Plus, you can opt to see a show in the open-air theatre.

Royal Albert Hall

Opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria, the Royal Albert Hall is a stunning venue located on the northern edge of South Kensington.
This space hosts performances by some leading names in entertainment - with genres ranging from opera, classical and ballet to rock music. What's more, awards ceremonies, sporting events and comedy shows also make use of the hall.

Wigmore Hall

A performance venue in Marylebone, Wigmore Hall is a popular choice for chamber music and classical recitals. It is notable for its impressive acoustics and intimate atmosphere.
The space hosts around 400 performances every year and it is also used for a weekly concert, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 3.




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