About Paddington

About Paddington London

Paddington, London lies on the northern border of Hyde Park, and is an area of the City of Westminster in west central London. It is home to Paddington Station, which was designed by renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was opened in 1847.  St. Mary’s Hospital, where penicillin was discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming. St Mary’s has also been the birthplace of many royals, including Prince William and Prince Harry, and most recently Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Paddington Station has become synonymous with the children’s book series “Paddington Bear“, as it was where he made his first entrance into London by train. On platform 1 of the station, you’ll find the life sized bronze statue of Paddington Bear dedicated to the character. Between platforms 8 and 9 you’ll find a life sized bronze statue of station designer Isambard Kingdon Brunel. 

The station was recently refurbished, and inside the shopping area  you’ll find a great selection of shops, pubs, restaurants and takeaways, including a Sushi bar where you sit and take your choice of sushi off of a conveyor belt which rotates around the bar.

Outside of Paddington Station you’ll find a plethora of pubs, local grocery shops, restaurants, small parks, and local hotels in converted Victorian and Georgian houses. 

Some notable people who are from Paddington include: Kiefer Sutherland, Elvis Costello, Joan Collins, Rhona Mitra, Emma Thompson, and English actor Matt Lucas.

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