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Paddington-Maida Vale, London

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Location of the Paddington-Maida Vale area in London

Paddington-Maida Vale is a district of northwest central London, located around the vast Paddington Station of Paddington Bear fame.

Understand[edit]

This inner London district is somewhat bereft of attractions but it does have a large range of budget and mid-priced accommodation. That, combined with the convenient central London location and transport links, makes it a popular area with visitors.

Paddington itself and the areas between it and Hyde Park - Bayswater and Lancaster Gate - consist largely of Victorian houses, some of them rather grand, which have been converted into either small residential flats or hotels. Maida Vale to the north is similar but almost entirely residential and is most notable for canalside streets and the houseboats of Little Venice. St John's Wood is distinctly upscale and leafy and includes the home of world cricket at Lords as well as some of the most sought after real estate in London.

The area has a number of connections to music. The BBC Maida Vale studios have been used for recording live music since 1934 including the John Peel Sessions. Abbey Road Studios, and the famous pedestrian crossing pictured in the Beatles' Abbey Road album are in St John's Wood.

Get in[edit]

By tube[edit]

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The district is served by the following tube stations:

By train[edit]

1 Paddington station is the London terminal for trains from the following cities in the southwest of the country: Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Swindon, Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Penzance, and also for trains from Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Heathrow Airport, Reading and Oxford.

Elizabeth line (Crossrail) services from Shenfield and Abbey Wood are due to commence in December 2018 before the line is fully open in December 2019.

By bus[edit]

Various bus routes go to and through Paddington. Visit the Transport for London Website for details. Use of a Hop-On Hop Off sightseeing bus is also a possibility.

By boat[edit]

A Waterbus runs from Camden Lock through the Regent's canal to Browning's Pool, Little Venice.

By bicycle[edit]

A traffic free local cycle route tracks alongside the Grand Union Canal in from around Northolt to Paddington Basin. The route is not part of the national cycle network.

See[edit]

Statue of Paddington Bear, Paddington Station

While there is not a great deal to see in the way of traditional visitor attractions, Paddington makes a convenient base for exploring other parts of the city.

  • 2 Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Rd, St. John's Wood, NW8 9AY (tube: St. John's Wood). No tours. World-renowned studios where many famous musicians and groups, most notably The Beatles, recorded music. Near the studios is the equally famous zebra crossing immortalized on the cover of the Beatles' album Abbey Road. Located in the vicinity, in Cavendish Avenue, is a home which was formerly owned by Sir Paul McCartney. Abbey Road Studios on Wikipedia Abbey Road Studios (Q209651) on Wikidata
A packed Lord's, one of the great sights in English sport

Do[edit]

  • 1 Lord's Cricket Ground, Wellington Rd, NW8 8QN (tube: St John's Wood). The home of Cricket and a must visit place for cricket lovers. Lord's usually hosts two international five-day Test matches every season, as well as limited-overs One Day International and Twenty20 cricket, although tickets for internationals can be expensive and will often sell out. Lord's is also the site of many Middlesex County Cricket Club home matches, with tickets for County Championship games and day/night limited-overs fixtures available on the day. Lord's on Wikipedia Lord's Cricket Ground (Q331613) on Wikidata
  • 2 Queens Ice and Bowl, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP (tube: Bayswater or Queensway), +44 20 7229-0172. Queens is an entertainment centre with 50,000 sq ft of activities including ice skating, 12 lanes of ten pin bowling, karaoke rooms, bar, food and video games.
  • 3 London Underground Tours, +44 844 504 808. Guided tours that cover the tube's 150 year history in two hours, including its construction, design and social history. Meet at the Sherlock Holmes Statue
  • 4 Go Boat, Merchant Square, Paddington, London, W2 1JZ (On the north side of Paddington Station 50m west of the rolling Bridge), e-mail: . 8 Person Boat Hire for self drive journeys round London canals. £55.
  • 5 Paddington Central (Sheldon Square), 1A Sheldon Square, London W2 6PY, e-mail: . Checkout constantly changing events at the Paddington Central development with the amphitheatre in Sheldon Square, or simply visit for the food, shopping and atmosphere.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Whiteleys, Queensway, W2 4YN (tube: Bayswater), +44 207 229 8844. Large shopping plaza with many of the usual suspect British high street brands plus a UCI cinema.

Eat[edit]

Good value eats abound in this area. The Bayswater/Queensway area has many excellent Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese options. Edgware Rd is another good bet for Middle Eastern and the area around Paddington Station itself is a hive of small cafes. Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale are home to some good, stylish mid-market restaurants.

  • 1 Cous Cous Cafe, 7 Porchester Gdns, W2 4DB (tube: Bayswater), +44 20 7727-6597. Moroccan cuisine at decent value prices. Try the tagines (£10-15) or mezze plates (£7-12)
  • 2 Kalamaras, 66 Inverness Mews, W2 3JQ (tube: Bayswater), +44 871 3327813. Markets itself as London's oldest Greek restaurant. Not sure if that is true but it has been around a long time in this quiet mews in Bayswater and is a favourite with local residents. Counts several celebs amongst its regular clientele. Try the taramasalata and keftedes. Mains £10-15.
  • 3 London Street Brasserie, 16 London St, W2 1HL (Exit Paddington Train Station (Garfunkel's Restaurant on your left), cross the road and walk 2 blocks down London St on your right), +44 20 7706-4444. 07:00-23:00. The London Street Brasserie at the Hotel Indigo London-Paddington offers a wide selection of healthy meals in a relaxing atmosphere. Serves a selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. It features seasonal menus that draw from as many natural, organic and zero trans fat ingredients as possible.
  • 4 The Waterway, 54-56 Formosa St, W9 2JU (tube: Warwick Avenue), +44 20 7266-3557, e-mail: . Stylish bar and restaurant alongside the canal at Little Venice. Has alfresco dining area right by the water during summer. Mixed European food Mains £15-20.

Drink[edit]

  • Mad Bishop and Bear (In Paddington Station itself, go to The Lawn eating area, and up the escalators to the top floor). A surprisingly good pub. It is a Fullers pub, serving well-kept real ales. It is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Breakfast is served from opening (M-F 09:00, Sa 07:30, Su 10:00) until noon, standard pub food is served at other times.

Sleep[edit]

This district probably the greatest range of budget and mid-price accommodation in central London.

A lot of the hotels here are converted Victorian houses which makes for a charming stay but can also mean dodgy plumbing and poor heating systems. And always check if the property has have a lift if this is important to you.

A good option for the value-conscious is to check the large range of service apartments available. The standard of accommodation at these is often much better than you would get in an equivalently priced traditional hotel.

Budget[edit]

Hostels[edit]

  • 2 The Green Man Publove Hostel, 308 Edgware Rd, W2 1DY, +44 20 7723-7980. Very cheap hostel above a pub aimed at young partying types. Gets very raucous indeed. Dorm and private rooms. Dorms from £12, privates from £45.

Hotels[edit]

  • 3 Ascot Hyde Park Hotel, 11 Craven Rd, W2 3BP (Few minutes' walk from Paddington Stn), +44 20 7402 5447. Check-in: From 2:00pm, check-out: Until 11:00am. Popular budget hotel. Single: £40-100, Double: £44-113 (prices fluctuate greatly).
  • 4 Bluedaws Private Hotel, 133-135 Sussex Gdns, W2 2RX (2 min from Paddington Stn or Hyde Pk), +44 20 7723-6040, fax: +44 20 7262-8390. Very clean budget hotel. Singles £25, doubles £35, triples £45, including English breakfast.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 8 Brynteg Hotel, 109 Sussex Gdns, W2 2RU (tube: Paddington), +44 20 7723 6040, fax: +44 20 262 8390, e-mail: . 3-star bed and breakfast. Well appointed, modern bedrooms with spotlessly clean and en-suite facilities. Singles £50, doubles £65.
  • 9 Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, W2 3EL (tube: Lancaster Gate), +44 20 7723 9276. Small hotel run by the YMCA. Rooms are small and basic, but reasonably priced. Not to be confused with the much more expensive Royal Lancaster Hotel. Singles: £79, Doubles: £99 (includes breakfast).
  • 10 Mercure London Paddington Hotel, 144 Praed St, W2 1HU (tube: Paddington), +44 20 7706-8888, e-mail: . Good value for the price. The rooms are tiny, but that is where the resemblance to other London hotels ends. The rooms are immaculate, the plumbing is perfect, the decor is beautiful, and the fitness room is brand new. From - Singles £70, doubles £120.

Splurge[edit]

  • 12 Hilton London Paddington, 146 Praed St, W2 1EE (at Paddington Stn), +44 20 7850-0500, fax: +44 20 7850-0600. Essentially inside Paddington Station. A nice and convenient place to stay, particularly if someone else is picking up the tab.
  • 15 Danubius Hotel Regents Park, 18 Lodge Rd, NW8 7JT, +44 20 7722-7722, fax: +44 20 7483-2408, e-mail: . Very friendly staff. Spotlessly clean quiet room. Great view of Regents Park. Breakfast is excellent. Service the same. The location is superb, particularly for any cricket fan, as it looks right over Lords cricket ground. £148-198.

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Paddington-Maida Vale
North LondonHammersmith and Fulham  W Bakerloo line flag box.svg E  Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury
West LondonNotting Hill-North Kensington  W Central line flag box.svg E  Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury-Soho
WestminsterNotting Hill-North Kensington ← main loop ←  S Circle line flag box.svg E  → main loop → Mayfair-MaryleboneTransfer to eastbound trains from Hammersmith
Hammersmith and FulhamNotting Hill-North Kensington ← Hammersmith branch ←  W Circle line flag box.svg E  → Hammersmith branch → Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury-Camden
WimbledonNotting Hill-North Kensington  W District line flag box.svg E  Mayfair-MaryleboneEND
Hammersmith and FulhamNotting Hill-North Kensington  W Hammersmith & City line flag box.svg E  Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury-Camden
North LondonHampstead  N Jubilee line flag box.svg S  Mayfair-MaryleboneWestminster


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