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Numerous place to stay can be found within close distance of Paddington underground and rail station. Many offer free Wifi and a full English breakfast. Some feature a swimming pool and gym. Families with children can stay in a larger family room or apartment rental. Around the hotels there are many bars and restaurants, and London’s West End entertainment is easy to access.
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Travelers can choose between various lodging options
While the immediate surrounding area provides travelers with various accommodation options, it is also possible to find cheap hotels and bed and breakfast further away in Central London. Depending on your budget and interests, you will easily find what you are looking for.
Thanks to the Underground lines available, including Lancaster Gate on the Central line, within walking distance, you will be able to explore all areas of the city without straying too far from your local base. Oxford Street’s shops are a 10-minute Tube ride away, while Buckingham Palace can be reached in 15 minutes.
For a relaxing stay, consider the lovely, quiet area around the Regent’s Canal and Little Venice, where apartments and b&b’s provide a haven only minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city. There, you will find excellent restaurants, as well as the possibility to stroll along the water and admire the boats.
A leisurely walk or quick bus ride will bring you to Hyde Park, for an additional dose of nature. If you would like to indulge in a little shopping, nearby areas like Bayswater or Marylebone are perfect. As for restaurants, they are quite numerous all around, but the best Middle Eastern cuisine is probably found on Edgware Road, while Queensway also boasts great Chinese or Indian establishments.
The history goes back to the 19th Century
London Paddington history goes back to the 19th century, since it first served as the temporary final stop on the Great Western Railway in 1838. Construction of most of what is still visible today in the station dates from 1854 and was the work of Brunel and his associate Wyatt, while the first Underground services started in 1863, on the Metropolitan Railway.
New lines were created and extended over the decades, creating a comprehensive network that would eventually include the four Tube lines in service today, i.e. the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Bakerloo and Circle. As for the platforms, new ones were constructed in 1885, 1893 and 1916.
Various improvement and restoration projects were carried out since then, including the addition of a roof span, the extension of some platforms and the concourse, as well as the reconstruction of the footbridge.
In 1998, the Heathrow Express line was created, offering non-stop services to and from the airport. While the transport hub was created and upgraded during the centuries, accommodation was also developed in the neighborhood, from the most prestigious hotels to bed and breakfast, so that visitors could settle in the area for the duration of their stay in the English capital.
London Paddington Railway Station in Westminster
Name : London Paddington Station
Location : in the city center, in the inner borough of Westminster.
Address : Praed Street, Greater London, W2 1HQ United Kingdom
Train Line : lies on the Greenford Branch Line, Great Western Main Line, line to Reading, Heathrow and West Ruislip.
The station is the London terminus for frequent long-distance high-speed trains operated by First Great Western. Long distance destinations include Reading Train St., Swindon, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Cardiff Central St., Newbury, Chippenham and Exeter St David’s.
To Heathrow Airport ?
The Heathrow Express runs between London Paddington railway station and Heathrow Airport. It takes just 15 minutes. The cheaper Heathrow Connect train makes the same journey but is a slower stopping train.
To Gatwick Airport ?
From Paddington take the underground to London Victoria Station. The Gatwick Express runs between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport railway station.
Served by : operating companies — First Great Western and Heathrow Express.
Operated and Managed : by Network Rail
Underground Lines : 4 tube lines, which are Bakerloo, Circle, District and the Hammersmith & City.
Ticket Office : Available
Ticket Machines : Available
Public Wifi : is available
Sat Nav Postcode : W2 1HQ
Region : South East England
Borough : City of Westminster
County : Greater London
Nearest Hotels : in the city center on Praed Street, Westbourne Terrace, Craven Road, London Street, Norfolk Square, and Spring Street.
Nearby Praed Street and Norfolk Square
Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum (St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, W2 England): small museum, located insode St Mary’s hospital, displaying the reconstructed 1928 laboratory of bacteriologist Alexander Fleming, the founder of penicillin. It is nice to see the one room laboratory where Alexander Fleming worked.
Surrey Docks City Farm (South Wharf, Rotherhithe Street, SE16 5ET , England /Westminster /Belgravia): a working city farm. They have lots of different crafts and things to do for kids, and even sheep sheering and the subsequent wool spinning.
Paddington Green and St. Mary’s Churchyard (Church Yard Walk, London, United Kingdom): nice park with some old buildings. St Marys Church sits at the southern end of these gardens.