Things to do near Paddington
A quick visit…
A long-term regeneration project revitalised the canalside, making it a perfect spot for a walk. You can easily access the Grand Union canal from the station. Depending on the direction of your walk, you will have the chance to watch the barges and water birds, play table tennis and check out some modern sculpture. Take a stroll around the Paddington Basin and visit Little Venice. There you can take in some fine architecture dating back to the Regency period.
If you are short on time, the Alexander Fleming museum is only a few minutes’ walk from the station. It’s one of those small, quirky museums of London, and this one contains the lab where penicillin was discovered. The museum is part of St Mary’s Hospital, a place also known for the discovery of heroin.
What if you are just waiting for your train and have no time to nip out? In that case, raise your head and inspect the wrought iron and glass roof of the station. Its design was influenced by the Crystal Palace, which itself was built for the Great Exhibition. The roof was refurbished in the 90s, but then the Edwardian design was restored. There are two smaller roofs besides the main roof.
…or have you got more than an hour?
Paddington is great for outdoor activities. In fact, it is located in between two Royal Parks, both of which are accessible on foot.
- Take a boat trip! Large passenger boats leave from Little Venice and go all the way to Camden. Or would you prefer a small, private boat? You can rent one of those from the Paddington Basin.
- You can also visit the Ross Nye Stables and take a horse ride around Hyde Park. Both private rides and group rides are available, and you might even see the Household Cavalry during their drill rides. It’s a fun day out and you will have a guide on hand to assist you.
- If the weather is not suitable for outdoor activities, theatre lovers could do worse than visit the charming Canal Cafe Theatre. As the name suggests, they host plays, but are also well known for their live comedy nights.
- Furthermore, Marylebone is within a 20 minute walk (or a short taxi ride), and there you can visit Madam Tussaud’s, the famous wax sculpture museum (and you will need time to spare…the queues can be horrendous).
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Peckish in Paddington?
There are a lot of eateries in and around Paddington, so if you are not pressed for time, don’t opt for the station sandwich. Step outside and you’ll have plenty of food vans, pop up shops and other lunch spots to choose from.
- Vegans will love Les Filles in Craven Terrace. You know those places that do layered porridge bowls infused with this and that, topped with layers of nuts, berries, fresh coconut and what-not? That’s one of those. They do it so well that you can take non-vegans along for the ride, and they will enjoy it.
- For something unusual, try The Grand Duchess. It’s a boat. And a seafood restaurant. Boat-based dining can be a risky venture, but this is the second floating seafood restaurant by the same owners, so they must be doing something right. Fresh fish is delivered daily from Cornwall and they use independent day boat fishermen for seafood.