5 Essential Activities and Sights to See on A Paddington Weekend Break


If you’re planning to visit Paddington on your London trip, you’ll be glad to know that there’s so much to get up to, you could easily spend the whole weekend here and not get bored.

Whether you come with your partner, your closest friends or the kids, there are activities that everyone will love.

After a jam-packed day with your loved ones, you’re never too far from your luxurious, comfortable room at the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate – it’s the perfect space to unwind, rest weary feet and refuel for a night on the town!

Try these five essential activities and sights to fill your days…

Visit the Paddington Bear Shop

Paddington station concourse, Paddington, London W2 1RH

No trip to Paddington would be complete without a visit to this iconic store which children will love. Here you’ll be able to browse a wide range of products including stuffed toys, key rings, mugs and t-shirts. Girls will love the jewellery and ornament section, while it’s also perfect for stocking up on school supplies like stationary and notepads. Once you’ve found what you want, head over to the bronze Paddington Bear statue on Platform 1 to have your picture taken.

The kids are excited about their new purchases, so why not round them up and stroll back to your room at one of our hotels near Lancaster Gate London? You can all spend the evening in, filling up on delicious food and drink.

Step on board the Puppet Theatre Barge

Another one that is popular amongst the kids, The Puppet Theatre Barge is a theatre boat that travels down the Thames putting on shows. Perfect for a family outing, the theatre specialises in puppet shows featuring marionettes, and is usually moored at either Little Venice or Richmond.

Head to picturesque Little Venice

Off Bloomfield Road, Pool of Little Venice, London W9 2PF

Fancy visiting somewhere slightly more romantic with your other half but can’t afford the flights? Don’t worry Little Venice is just as good as the real thing. Here you will find beautiful canals and waterways as well as a number of waterside bars, perfect for enjoying a drink in the sunshine.

Don’t let the romance end, head back to your gorgeous room at the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate for an evening in with your partner. Run a bubble bath, enjoy your power shower and then settle back to watch a movie after a night time stroll around the neighbourhood.

Explore Hyde Park

Situated right by Paddington, a trip to the iconic Hyde Park is necessary on any London break. Covering 350 acres and with over 4,000 trees, a lake and a meadow, there’s plenty to see in this gorgeous outside space that the whole family will love.

Stroll around Kensington Gardens 

London, W2 2UH

This gorgeous garden is perfect for a morning out with the kids. Explore the peaceful Italian Gardens, visit the stunning Albert Memorial and be sure to let the children play at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, where they’ll especially love the giant pirate ship.