Paddington, an area of London, England, lies within the borough of the City of Westminster. It used to be a metropolitan district in its own right, but was integrated with Westminster and Greater London in 1965. The Paddington area has three major landmarks. Paddington Station, St. Mary’s Hospital operated by the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Paddington Police Station which is the UK’s most important high security police station.
The Paddington Bear children’s book character was named after Paddington Station. In the books he is found at London station, coming from “deepest and darkest Peru” and with a note attached to his coat that says “please take care of this bear, thank you.” In real life, there is a Paddington Bear statue in the station lobby and a small shop full of Paddington Bear paraphernalia in the main area of the station.
Paddington is one of the most popular areas of central London, where many tourists are looking to stay, either on vacation or on a business mission in the capital. Paddington Station now offers a very fast link to Heathrow International Airport via the Heathrow Express, which runs nonstop from Paddington Station directly to Heathrow Airport. The trip takes only 15 minutes. There are at least four tube lines; Bakerloo Line, District Line, Circle Line and Hammersmith and City Line. It also has the railway line. Traveling from Paddington to all other places in London is a fairly straightforward task. Indeed, it is an ideal base to stay and explore central London.
There are many cheap hotels in Paddington and also luxury hotels, as well as bed and breakfast properties in Paddington. In fact, it is one of the three areas that have the highest concentration of London hotel specials and cheap b & b properties in London. The other two areas are Earl’s Court and London Victoria.
You can use the tube to explore London faster than buses but it must be said that, for those who want to get to know London better, it is better to travel by buses. Many of London’s buses run to and from Paddington Station. Marble Arch, Edgware Road, and Oxford Street are not far from Paddington, as are Baker Street, Regent’s Park, Notting Hill Gate, and Marylebone. You can simply take the tube to Victoria where you can visit Buckingham Palace which is the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen of England, visit the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the London Eye.
Paddington is very close to the north of Hyde Park, which attracts many tourists from London. It’s one of the reasons why Paddington and Hyde Park hotels are always in demand by London tourists. In fact, Hyde Park is within walking distance. From Paddington, it’s also not far from Bayswater, Lancaster Gate, and the Queensway area.