London Paddington Station is a popular station with both local commuters and travelers. Paddington has both underground and over ground services making it an easy choice to get into and out of the city as well as travel locally.
For those looking to escape London for a few days, Paddington Station links the capital with other cities around the UK. You can easily access the North of the UK and stay in hotels in Lancaster England and compare a breakfast buffet London with a breakfast buffet in the north, or you can travel to the South and West of the UK and take the opportunity to enjoy a city break in Reading, Bath, Bristol or the Welsh capital of Cardiff to name but a few.
If you are using Paddington station as a way into London to explore what the city has to offer, take the opportunity to explore Paddington itself. Outside the Grand Station, you will find beautiful canals, quiet garden squares, plenty of places to eat providing Afternoon Tea London offers, and a famously friendly bear.
Here are some of the attractions to see and do in Paddington:
- Paddington Bear
Paddington Station is a very important place for Paddington Bear. It is where he was first found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown when he arrived in London from Peru and, of course, it is also the reason he got his delightful name. To commemorate this, there is a life-sized bronze statue of Paddington Bear in the station. The statue was designed by the sculpture Marcus Cornish and was unveiled by the Paddington Bear series author Michael Bond on 24th February 2000.
- The Unknown Soldier
On Platform One at Paddington Station, there is a statue of an unknown soldier who is reading a letter. The statue is officially called The Great Western Railway War Memorial and was commissioned in 1920 to commemorate the employees of the Great Western Railway who had died in WWI. The statue was unveiled on Armistice Day in 1922 by Viscount Churchill, two years after the body of ‘The Unknown Soldier’ was interred with great company in Westminster Abbey. The inscription on the statue was updated to include Great Western Railway employees who were killed in WWII. The roll of honour that includes the names of 3312 men and women that lost their lives is hidden inside the plinth in a sealed casket.
- Little Venice
With its beautiful canals and waterways, Little Venice can be found in the North of Paddington where the Grand Union and Regents Canal meet. From canal boat rides to puppet shows, there are plenty of things to do in this charming London area. This picturesque neighbourhood is home to quirky waterside cafes, cosy pubs and charming restaurants so if you are staying in accommodation locally, it’s a beautiful place to enjoy a Full English breakfast London offers so abundantly.
- Steel Portraits
In 2013, life size steel sculptures were installed in Paddington as part of the Sustran’s Portrait Bench Series of over 250 portraits. The two-dimensional sculptures feature famous Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole who cared for soldiers, codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing, and Paddington Bear author Michael Bond holding the Ursine. These steel sculptures were voted for by residents and honour the figures that had strong connections with Paddington.