Like the thousands of others who live and work in this corner of London, the Astons team happily refer to Paddington as home. Paddington has its own quirks and local charms that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, thanks to its unique attractions, old and new. With so much to see and do, it has been tough to cram our favourite Paddington spots into one 24-hour guide, but we’ve given it a go! Here’s how we would spend a perfect day in this bustling, prime area in West London.
Hop out of bed early to catch the morning trade at Church Street Market, close to the array of boutique shops that line Edgware Road. Travel up further to the eastern end of Church Street to peruse around Marylebone’s famous antique district, with Alfies’ vast, bohemian indoor market a particular highlight. While you’re still close to Paddington Station, we also recommend a trip over to Hotel Chocolat to pick up a sweet memento to eat in the evening.
The 1998 Heathrow Express sparked a wave of development around Paddington’s waterways that continues to this day. Paddington’s Soho-sized development at Paddington Waterside is our next stop nine minutes away on foot. Here you’ll find brilliant examples of gleaming, modern architecture amongst the many mixed-use developments in Paddington Basin. If you happen to visit on a Friday, cross over to the Rolling Bridge around midday to see the award-winning structure along the Grand Union Canal curl and elevate before your eyes.
Now that your are sufficiently tired out, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to have some lunch. Visitors can easily eat their way around the world in Paddington thanks to its cosmopolitan and inclusive neighbourhoods, from Lebanese treats at Ya Hala and Scandinavian dishes at KuPP to more traditional fare at the Grand Union Canal and the Frontline Club.
Once you’ve filled up on some lunch, it’s time to check out Paddington’s leading arts venues. The contemporary Lisson Gallery, north of Edgware Road, is a favourite in the area, while the Showroom Gallery along Penfold Street provides an exciting space for emerging artists to showcase their work.
The Sir Alexander Fleming Museum inside St Mary’s Hospital is one of the most popular attractions in the area, and sheds light on how revolutionary penicillin was created in 1928.
Next on your list of things to do, if the sun is shining, is to have a quiet sit down on Paddington Green or Norfolk Square Gardens around the corner from Paddington’s grand station.
After a few rounds of walking around Notting Hill’s outdoor beauty spots, you may be in need of an energy top up. We highly recommend a spot of afternoon tea between the hours of 2pm and 5pm at the Royal Park Hotel with a glass of champagne.
As the sun slowly starts to set, we suggest one of the two options. Either head up to Little Venice next on your day out to enjoy picturesque waterside scenes from a gently-lit bar, or head south towards Knightsbridge to stroll around the Serpentine Lake and Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park.
Visitors in Little Venice have quick access to canal bars and restaurants, such as the refined Summerhouse; the stylish Waterway; and the colourful Pearl Liang nearby.
Over on the other side of town in Hyde Park, visitors can enjoy a quick trip over to Notting Hill to buy a cocktail and food at our favourite London venues: Rum Kitchen and Portobello Star.
Why not stay another day to enjoy Paddington and its neighbours? London Hilton Metropole, The Colonnade Hotel in Little Venice, The Caesar Hotel all provide a much-needed, luxury respite before your next day of exploration begins!
Large-scale regeneration and development has bolstered the Paddington property market into one of the best investment propositions in the London prime markets. Call us on Call us on 020 7262 2900 to talk to one of our knowledgeable team.