Situated in the London borough of Westminster, Paddington is an area of London that has played a crucial role in the history and development of our capital city.
It has witnessed a number of the historic events which have helped to shape the landscape of the United Kingdom, including the arrival of Queen Victoria on her first rail journey in 1842. More recently, it was the venue for the birth of Prince George at St Mary’s Hospital.
A visit to London would not be complete without a trip to this iconic part of the city, so be sure to factor a morning or afternoon into your itinerary to explore the neighbourhood. Paddington is now full of elegant townhouses, quaint street cafes and traditional pubs, so there’s always plenty to do and see on a visit here. It’s also fairly close to Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, so is the perfect place to visit before or after an afternoon stroll.
You can get to Paddington easily from your room at the Park Grand Lancaster Gate so why not head out to learn more about the history of the area first-hand?
The story of Paddington
Paddington was once a busy city in its own right, but became part of the City of Westminster in 1965. The name Paddington first appeared as far back as the 10th century, with some historians believing it was a Saxon settlement, though the older Paddington was larger than the modern neighbourhood. In the 1800s, Paddington boasted a number of grand square and opulent houses and it was considered both elegant and prosperous.
Today, Paddington is a defining part of the character of London thanks in part to a number of important landmarks including Paddington Station, which was designed by the celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1847. St Mary’s Hospital and Paddington Green Police Station, which is operated by the Metropolitan Police and is the most high-security police station in the United Kingdom also call the area home.
If you want to spend the day exploring Paddington, our hotels in Lancaster Gate London make a convenient base.
When you think of Paddington, you probably naturally think about some of the inspiring cultural heritage that the area has both created and influenced. The world of medicine was revolutionised by Sir Alexander Fleming here for example and you can still visit the laboratory where he discovered Penicillin back in 1928.
Perhaps the most iconic figure to come out of Paddington though is Michael Bond’s Paddington bear, which is loved by children around the world. The bear is named after the author’s favourite station and was born on Christmas Eve in 1956 when he noticed a lonely bear in a Paddington store. He decided to take the bear home as a gift for his wife, which inspired him to write the tale of Paddington Bear in 1958.
After seeing all that Paddington has to offer, your room at the Park Grand Lancaster Gate is the perfect spot for enjoying an early night to prepare for more exploring tomorrow.
Paddington has an iconic history and continues to shape the face of the city of London, making it a must-see area during a weekend in the capital.