This inner district within Westminster is centered around Paddington Station, with the Royal Parks of Notting Hill and the West End on either side. Its goes back to a Saxon settlement, an Elizabethan manor house, and the later Junction Canal and goods yards. What Paddington lacks in attractions, it more than makes up for with accommodations and peaceful parks and gardens.
The key sites include high-security Paddington Green Police Station, St. Mary’s Hospital, where Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, and the Paddington Station stop. There are several shops near Paddington station, including Whiteley’s plaza. Food-wise, there are cafes in Paddington Square and international restaurants at Bayswater and Queensway. Maida Vale to the north shares Paddington’s Victorian architecture, with mid-market restaurants, canal-side streets, and houseboats in Little Venice. There, you’ll also find one of many gyms in Paddington London – the Outdoor Gym at Paddington Recreation Grounds.
Starting in 1998, the Paddington Waterside project began regenerating the former railway and canal land by 2018. This includes the large Paddington Opportunity Area, which brings in mixed use developments to expand space for London Paddington shops, arts, housing, and offices to rent as well as developments like the Paddington Exchange luxury apartments. These developments are opening new spaces without taking away from the calm atmosphere of the Paddington district.