Live Like a Local in Paddington

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Planning on staying in Paddington during your next trip to London? Great news! Paddington is a fantastic destination for people who want to dive deep into the true essence of London’s cultural identity. Why is Paddington so great? Firstly, it’s incredibly close to all of London’s top attractions. Secondly, Paddington is filled with an impressive array of luxury hotels, such as the Shaftesbury Hotel Paddington that will let you relax and rejuvenate in total style. Finally, Paddington lets you experience the city like a true-blue Londoner. How? The district of Paddington is incredibly laid back and doesn’t have that drive for tourist attention that several other parts of London have. Here, you can relax and take your time in the authentic side of London. Paddington is the perfect place to feel at home and take it easy.

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During your time in Paddington, make sure to explore all the nooks and crannies of this scenic part of London and discover all the hidden gems just begging to be discovered.

Don’t know where to start? Here’s a quick guide on things to look out for during you next stay in Paddington, London.

1.Little Venice

Canals run blue and bounteous through this scenic part of London. Hidden behind Paddington Station (which is an attraction in itself) is a quaint little district made up of canals. It’s busy network of canals gave this part of town its ‘Little Venice’ nickname. Moored boats and archaic bridges adorn the waters whilst green flourishing trees give this unexpected English destination a Mediterranean edge, especially during the summer. Treat yourself to an alfresco café brunch by the river, or to a scenic boat trip to Camden Town in North London. It’s needless to say that Little Venice is a fantastic place for a lazy-day riverside walk, or a sleepy book-reading session under a tree.

There is a wealth of cafes, restaurants, bars, and theatre spaces in Little Venice begging to be explored and enjoyed.

If you’re looking to add an unusual edge to your London getaway, we’d recommend visiting Little Venice’s Puppet Barge Theatre.

Walk alongside the riverfront, and you’ll notice a circus themed red and yellow striped barge curiously beckoning your attention nearer. On board this theatrically designed barge is a unique 50 seater marionette theatre. Strange, charming, moving… The Puppet Theatre Barge consistently produces beautiful renditions of classic Shakespearean plays, Dickinson tales and fables to the public.

2.The Wallace Collection

Are you an art fan? If so, we’ve got the perfect place for you! The Wallace Collection is a Paddington based art collection that will, with a doubt, excite and inspire all art enthusiasts out there. The Wallace Collection is made up of 25 galleries all focused on the achievements of 18th century French art. During the 18th century, Baroque reigned supreme and was the trademark aesthetic of the era. What is Baroque? The Baroque movement was characterized by its use of frivolous embellishment, drama, exuberance, and wealth. Collections include famous paintings from Rembrandt, Titian, Hals – and several other influential artistic voices of the period. The Wallace Collection also showcases terrific examples of sculptures, ornate furniture pieces and armory from the time. A terrific artistic establishment that is a must visit destination during your time in Paddington.

3.The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Welcome to 221b Baker Street, home to one of the greatest detectives who ever lived – well, one of the greatest fictional detectives who ever lived. Although Sherlock Holmes never actually existed, except in the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sherlock Holmes Museum breathes life into the mysterious pipe-smoking hero of the Victorian era. Delve deep into the life and times of this beloved fictional hero by entering this Victorian shrine to all things mysterious. The house has been perfectly designed to replicate the world of Sherlock Holmes, even down to the exact 17 steps leading to the sitting room, making this attraction one of the most intriguing and impressive in London.

4. Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Welcome to the laboratory where famous scientist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. During your next trip to Paddington, take an adventure back in time by visiting this quirky museum attraction only moments away from Paddington Station. Trust us, it’ll be an experience you won’t forget. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be a science fan to enjoy this fascinating attraction.

Upon entering the museum, prepare yourself to be blown away by the atmospheric laboratory and hospital layouts that look as if they’ve been untouched since the early 20th century. Videos and exhibits tell the story of Alexander Fleming’s, who discovered the life-saving drug penicillin by chance during the late 1920s, and who changed the face of medicine forever. A truly captivating must-visit destination during your next trip to Paddington, London.

5.Hyde Park

Hyde Park is only moments away from Paddington Station is one of the biggest parks in London. Welcome to 350 acres of pure green English serenity! Hyde Park is perfect for Sunday strolls, ice cream breaks and snoozes in the sunshine during the summer, but it is also home to some of London’s most crucial and iconic landmarks. The Serpentine Lido, The Serpentine Gallery, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain can all be found in Hyde Park. Make sure to have a day dedicated to exploring this lush green paradise during your next trip to Paddington, London.

Hyde Park is also connected to Kensington Gardens. These gardens boast some of the most gorgeous examples of flora in the country and is a wonderful place to connect with nature. Whilst walking around the gardens, see if you can spot the famous Peter Pan statue that has been a resident of this park for over 100 years. Kensington Gardens is also home to Kensington Palace which was the childhood home of Queen Victoria. Nowadays, the Palace is free to explore and is a museum dedicated to the life and times of one of Britain’s most important monarchs.