The area of Paddington is easily one of the most famous areas in the city. Not only does it have an iconic station that was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but it is also the place where its namesake bear was found in the classic children’s stories. Paddington itself is the birthplace of many famous people such as actress Emma Thompson and Alan Turing as well being the place where Alexander Fleming discovered life-saving Penicillin in 1928.
This guide gives a list of must-see places in and within walking distance of Accommodation Paddington London, allowing you to see the very best that the area has to offer.
Just a short walk away from the Park Grand Paddington Court lies Kensington Palace, a place that was once home to King William III and Queen Mary II and has since been the residence for many royal figures since, such as Princess Diana and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It became symbol around the world as a place of mourning after the tragic death of Princess Diana with over 1 million flowers being laid to remember her. Today the palace has opened its doors to the public where you can see several state rooms that have been decorated in different time periods ranging from the 17th century to the present day, as well as having a selection of fashion items on show that were once owned by Princess Margaret, Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II. Don’t forget to explore the beautiful gardens and see if you can spot the memorials as well as the Peter Pan bronze statue.
Known for its uncanny waxwork representations, Madame Tussards’ work is known throughout the world. It showcases figures that are renowned for various things such as their work on the big screen, significant contribution to sports, art, science, music or history. It allows you to ‘meet’ your idols, to get up close and personal with them for some amazing pictures. Current waxworks at the London are Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga, Usain Bolt, Audrey Hepburn and even the President of the United States himself.
If there is one place in London that epitomises a wonderful shopping experience and luxury, it’s Harrods in Knightsbridge. This department store is the largest in Europe and has over 330 departments over 1 million square feet for you to lose yourself in. Its interior design is breath-taking with an intricate Egyptian staircase, a decadent Zodiac ceiling and amazing decorated windows that attract tourists in their droves during the Christmas period.
The story of Harrods begins in the late 19th century when Charles Digby Harrod started a business selling a multitude of goods such as perfumes, fruit, vegetables and medicines. This business quickly grew and attracted clientele such as Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin and Laurence Olivier. Today, Harrods offer a great range of products such as women and menswear, furniture, toys, jewellery and, of course, the famous food halls, there really is something to suit everyone. Harrods is a great place to explore and it will not fail to make a lasting impression on you.