Best Things to Do Paddington

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Written by Will from our web team

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6 min read | 9 May2024

If you’re visiting London, Paddington might not be the first area you think of. However, there are plenty of exciting destinations to explore here. Whether you’re a group of shopaholics, a family looking for attractions or a solo traveller who loves vibrant nightlife. 

With Paddington train station at its heart, you can get there easily from Edinburgh, Liverpool, Glasgow, Bristol and Cardiff. Get the inside track with our run-down of the best things to do in the Paddington area.

Why visit Paddington?

Much of Paddington’s fame comes from the fictional teddy bear that shares its name. It’s where the children’s book character got picked up by the Brown family. Luckily, there are lots of fun things to do in Paddington for humans, too. 

The train station is central and surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. So when you arrive by train at Paddington station, you’re just steps away from the action.

There are plenty of London Underground destinations from Paddington station too, giving you easy access to most of the city. The Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines, alongside the new Elizabeth line, all stop here.

An alley of Conduit Mews, with colourful, pretty houses lined up in Paddington.

Fun things to do in Paddington

There are plenty of exciting things to do near Paddington station, no matter what time of day you’re visiting. In the daytime, you can grab lunch at an independent cafe or take a hike through one of West London’s beautiful green spaces. 

The area is also great for shopping. Oxford Street and Notting Hill are accessible in less than 10 minutes on the tube. If you’re looking for a quick shop before catching your train, there is a good range of shops at Paddington Station itself. 

For night-time visitors, Paddington has lots of cosy pubs, restaurants and bars. So you can soak up some of the city lights before heading on to your destination in central London or beyond. 

Things to do in Paddington during the day

If you’re taking a day trip to London, Paddington is a great option for families, friends or solo travellers. From luscious parks to museums and picturesque canalside walks, this area has a lot to offer.

Visit Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of London’s biggest green spaces. Alongside beautiful trails, you can get a sense of the city’s history and culture in this Royal Park. Catch a public speech in Speaker’s Corner or visit the world-renowned Serpentine Gallery. 

Plus, if you say longer than planned, the park is one of London’s best stargazing spots. Making it a great destination for a cheap day out. 

  • Address: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

  • Opening hours: 5 am to midnight

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is 500m north of the West Carriage Drive entrance

Walk Around Little Venice

Canal boats line this picturesque waterway at the junction of where the Regent’s and Grand Union canals meet. Hop onto a floating cafe. Catch a show at the puppet theatre barge. Or head to nearby Merchant Square to enjoy lots of free events and activities. 

  • Address: Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PF

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is a 10-minute walk away

Hire A Boat

Check out the area from the water and hire a GoBoat in Paddington. Take friends for a self-driven ride down Regent’s Canal and spot local sights like the Rolling Bridge and Fan Bridge. 

  • Address: Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 1AS

  • Opening hours: 9:30 am till sunset

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is a four-minute walk away, with Edgware Road tube also close by

An analogue clock inscribed ‘London Paddington 1854’, situated in Paddington Station.

Things to do in Paddington at night

Paddington is a busy area at night, with plenty of options. Whether you want to pick up some street food as you wait for a train or dance the night away, there’s plenty to see and do. 

Visit Edgware Road

This street stretches for an impressive 10 miles across London. At night, it comes alive, with a variety of pubs and eateries to choose from. 

  • Address: Edgware Road Paddington, London, W2 1EB

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is a nine-minute walk away

Relax at the Pride of Paddington

Tuck into a roast or enjoy a drink in this traditional train-themed pub. Just around the corner from the station, it’s a great final destination before heading home. 

  • Address: 1-3 Craven Rd, Tyburnia, London W2 3RF

  • Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 11:30 pm. Friday and Saturday, 10 am to midnight. Sunday, 12 pm to 9 pm

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is a one-minute walk away

Dance at Huckster

Famous for its karaoke and night brunches, Huckster is a perfect late-night venue for any occasion. Watch the sun go down on the terrace with a cocktail or rent out a private room for a special event. 

  • Address: 4 Kingdom St, London W2 6BD

  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 4 pm to 11 pm. Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is a five-minute walk away

Shopping in Paddington

Shopping in Paddington promises high-street shops, boutiques and street markets galore. Thanks to this, it’s a worthy contender for one of London’s best shopping destinations.

Church Street Market

Church Street Market offers everything from fresh food to fashion finds. A traditional, bustling market, it's a great place to wander around and soak up the local culture. 

  • Address: Church St, London NW8 8DT

  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is a 14-minute walk away

Oxford Street

Hop on a seven-minute tube ride from Paddington Station to one of the UK’s most famous shopping streets. It’s bustling at all times of the year, but particularly at Christmas. Plus, it’s also just a two-minute walk to the lights of Piccadilly Circus

  • Address: Oxford Street, Westminster, London, W1D 1BS

  • Nearest train station: Oxford Circus Station on Oxford Street

Notting Hill

Just two stops on the tube from Paddington Station, Notting Hill has something for everyone. From the treasures of Portobello Road Market to upscale boutiques. 

  • Nearest train station: Notting Hill Gate underground station is central to the area

Rows of houseboats on the Regent’s Canal. 

Where to eat in Paddington

Places to eat in Paddington range from rooftop dining to traditional afternoon tea. The nearby area of ‘Little Beirut’ on Edgware Road is a Middle Eastern highlight. 

The Hyde Restaurant and Bar

Experience the best of British hospitality here. Sip a cocktail in comfortable surroundings. Or treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea complete with tea, cake, and sandwiches. 

  • Address: Roseate House London, 3 Westbourne Terrace, Lancaster Gate, W2 3UL

  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12 pm to 10 pm

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is a four-minute walk away

Massis

If you’re looking for a meal out with a difference, then Massis is a must-visit location. Enjoy traditional Lebanese food served mezze-style on sharing plates. It's an ideal dining destination for groups or couples. 

  • Address: 28 James St, London, W1U 1EW

  • Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 12 pm to 11 pm. Friday and Saturday, 12 pm to 11:30 pm. Sunday, 12 pm to 10:30 pm

  • Nearest train station: Paddington Station is a three-minute walk away

The Lockhouse

A bright pub overlooking Paddington Basin. The Lockhouse offers craft beers, cocktails, and upmarket pub dining. 

  • Address: 3 Merchant Sq, London, W2 1JZ

  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 11 pm

  • Nearest train station: Paddington station is a seven-minute walk away

Getting to and from Paddington by train

With any luck, it should be clear that visiting Paddington is well worth a trip, whether you’re a London local or you’re eager to explore the city as a visitor. Better yet, it’s easy to travel to and from Paddington by train with Avanti. 

Find the quickest and most affordable way to travel there with our Journey Planner. There are plenty of trains to London, travelling from almost anywhere in the UK. Wherever you’re travelling from, you can reach Paddington in comfort with Avanti. 

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