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 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.
…or do you have more than an hour?
Paddington is great for outdoor activities.
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).