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

Location of the Paddington-Maida Vale area in London

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Paddington 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 Lord's and 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.

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By tube edit

Map of London/Paddington-Maida Vale (Edit GPX)

The district is served by the following tube stations, in Zones 1 or 2.

Paddington is on the Wimbledon–Edgware Road branch of the District line – so you may need to change at Earl's Court:

By train edit

Paddington station

1 Paddington station (PAD, QQP  IATA), Praed St, W2 1HQ. The London terminal for Great Western Rail trains from the cities in the southwest of the country, as well as services to Heathrow Airport and the Elizabeth line (Crossrail). Paddington station itself is a minor tourist attraction that is notable for offering the first London Underground service to Farringdon and for Michael Bond's eponymous Paddington Bear franchise. While waiting for a train, listen to the Isembard Kingdom Brunel statue by scanning the QR code.    

London Paddington is served by:

2 London Marylebone station, London/Mayfair-Marylebone (Tube: Marylebone  BAK ). A 25-minute walk or a short Tube ride away from London Paddington. London Marylebone is a genuine Victorian train station which is architecturally impressive despite its small size. The terminus for Chiltern Railways trains to Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Also, the nearby Baker Street  BAK  CIR  H&C  MET  station is a major interchange on the London Underground.    

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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.

  • 7 bus (Brunel Road to Oxford Circus). N7: 00:44am–5:45am. via East Acton, Ladbroke Grove, London Paddington, Marble Arch, Selfridges.    
  • 23 bus (Great Western Road to Aldwych / Drury Lane). via Ladbroke Grove, Queensway, London Paddington, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus, Jermyn Street, Trafalgar Square, London Charing Cross and Covent Garden.    
  • 27 bus (Hammersmith to Camden Market). via The Design Museum, High Street Kensington, Notting Hill Gate, Queensway, London Paddington, Edgware Road station, Baker Street station, Regents Park, Camden High Street, Camden Town station.    

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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.

  • 1 Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum, St. Mary's Hospital, Praed St, W2 1NY, +44 20 7886-6528. M-Th 10AM-1PM. £2.    
  • 2 Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Rd, St. John's Wood, NW8 9AY (tube: St John's Wood  JUB ). No tours. World-renowned studios where many famous musicians and groups, most notably The Beatles, recorded music. The equally famous zebra crossing, immortalized on the cover of the Beatles' album Abbey Road, is right in front. In the vicinity, in Cavendish Avenue, is a home that used to be owned by Sir Paul McCartney.    
  • 3 Little Venice. A canal basin where the Regent's Canal meets the Grand Union, just a few minutes walk from Paddington Station.    
A packed Lord's, one of the great sights in English sport

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  • 1 Lord's Cricket Ground, Wellington Rd, NW8 8QN (tube: St John's Wood  JUB ). The home of cricket, Lord's usually hosts two international five-day Test matches each summer (which sell out), as well as limited-overs One Day International and Twenty20 cricket. It's the usual stadium for Middlesex County Cricket Club, who were relegated in 2023 and now play in Division Two of the County Championship - these games last 3-4 days. Also here are London Spirit men's and women's teams playing in The Hundred short game. Lord's houses the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum, with a vast collection of cricket memorabilia - tours are usually available daily except on match days.    
  • 2 Queens Ice and Bowl, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP (tube: Bayswater  CIR  DIS  or Queensway  CEN ), +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 (tube: Baker Street  CIR  H&C  MET  JUB  BAK ), +44 20 7183-1055, +44 7869 678717 (mobile). W, Th, F, Sa (and bank holidays): 11AM. 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. Adult: £20, Child (under age 12): £12, Senior (60+): £12.
  • 4 Go Boat, Merchant Square, Paddington, London, W2 1JZ (on the north side of Paddington Station 50 m west of the rolling bridge), . 8-person boat hire for self-drive journeys round London canals. £55.
  • 5 Paddington Central (Sheldon Square), 1A Sheldon Square, W2 6PY (Paddington  BAK  CIR  DIS  H&C  ELI   ), . Checkout constantly changing events at the Paddington Central development with the amphitheatre in Sheldon Square, or visit for the food, shopping and atmosphere.
  • 6 Puppet Theatre Barge, +44 20 7249 6876, . A floating puppet theatre on a converted barge. Varied schedule of performances.

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  • 1 Paddington Store (Paddington Bear Store), The Lawn at Paddington Station, W2 1RH, +44 20 7402-5209. M–F 8AM–9PM, Sa 9AM–9PM, Su & holidays 9AM–7PM. The official store of Michael Bond's famous Paddington Bear with merchandise including books, DVDs, souvenirs and of course, marmalade.

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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.

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Near Paddington station edit

  • 1 Raffles, Paddington Dental Practice, 13 Craven Rd, +44 20 7723 3159.
  • 2 Le Gourmet, 157 Praed St. Lebanese
  • 3 La Tazza Cafe, 143 Praed St, W2 1RL, +44 20 7706 3006.
  • 4 Paramount Lebanese Kitchen Paddington, 26 London St.
  • 5 Wasabi, Unit 12, Paddington Station, Bridge Street.
  • 6 Sandro Sandwich Bar, 22 Spring St.
  • 7 Micky's Fish & Chips, 29 Norfolk Pl, W2 1QH, +44 20 7723 2384.

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Bayswater edit

  • 10 Taza Takeaway Kebab House, 35A Queensway.
  • 11 Lo Spuntino, 128 Bayswater Rd.
  • 12 Malaysia Hall Canteen, 34 Queensborough Terrace. Temporarily closed as of May 2022
  • 13 Lokkanta, 31 Westbourne Grove. Turkish

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  • 14 Lahore Biryani, Edgware Road. A Pakistani restaurant
  • 15 Micky's, 332 Edgware Rd.
  • 16 HAWLER Restaurant, 355 Edgware Rd.
  • 17 Baraka Piri Piri, 357 Edgware Rd.
  • 18 Darna Restaurant, 436 Edgware Rd. Hookah Bar
  • 19 Azmar, 442a Edgware Rd. Middle-Eastern cuisine

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  • 20 Kalamaras, 66 Inverness Mews, W2 3JQ (tube: Bayswater  CIR  DIS ), +44 871 3327813. Temporarily closed as of May 2022. 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.
  • 21 The Waterway, 54-56 Formosa St, W9 2JU (tube: Warwick Avenue  BAK ), +44 20 7266-3557, . 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.
  • 22 Il Gusto, 11 Craven Rd, W2 3BP (Paddington  BAK  CIR  DIS  H&C  ELI   ), +44 20 7402-2111. 8AM-11PM. An inexpensive casual Italian restaurant serving pasta, pizza and seafood. Also has an extensive dessert menu. Mains: £7.50-19.50 (Nov 2018)
  • 23 Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant, 84 Queensway, W2 3RL (tube: Bayswater  CIR  DIS ), +44 20 7229-4320. noon-11PM. One of London's most esteemed Chinese restaurants, known internationally for its Cantonese-style roast duck.

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This district has 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 check if the property has 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.

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  • 3 Ascot Hyde Park Hotel, 11 Craven Rd, W2 3BP (Few minutes' walk from Paddington Stn), +44 20 7402-5447. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. 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.
  • 5 Mina House Hotel, 21-23 Craven Rd, W2 3BU (Few min walk from Paddington Stn), +44 20 7723-9276. From £79 per night (free breakfast).
  • 6 Mitre House Hotel, 178-186 Sussex Gdns, W2 1TU (5 min walk from Paddington Stn), +44 20 7723-8040, fax: +44 20 7402-0990. Two-star hotel.
  • 7 Barry House Hyde Park, 12 Sussex Place, Hyde Park, W2 2TP (tube: next to Lancaster Gate  CEN  and Paddington  BAK  CIR  DIS  H&C  ELI ), +44 20 7723-7340, fax: +44 20 7723-9775. from £65.

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  • 8 Brynteg Hotel, 109 Sussex Gdns, W2 2RU (tube: Paddington  BAK  CIR  DIS  H&C  ELI ), +44 20 7723-6040, fax: +44 20 262 8390, . 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  CEN ), +44 20 7723-9276. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10:30AM. Small hotel run by the YMCA. Rooms are small and basic, but reasonably priced and comfortable (and with free Wi-Fi). Breakfast is normally served from 7:30-9:30AM (though apparently can be arranged earlier through management the day before) and consists of various breads, jams, hardboild eggs, cottage cheese, deli meats, yogurts and breakfast cereals; with a choice of fruit juices and tea or coffee. 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  BAK  CIR  DIS  H&C  ELI ), +44 20 7706-8888, . 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. Singles from £70, doubles from £120.
  • 11 The Pilgrim, 25 London St W2 1HH (next to Mercure), +44 20 7667-6000. In three Victorian townhouses, reception and service are automated. Comfy place right by railway station. B&B double £130.
  • 12 The Westbourne Hyde Park, 51 Gloucester Terrace, W2 3DQ, +44 20 7402-5077.
  • 13 Hilton London Hyde Park, 129 Bayswater Road, W2 4RJ (tube: Queensway  CEN ), +44 20 7221-2217, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Opposite Hyde Park, with136 guest rooms, a bar, a restaurant and a meeting room.    

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Routes through Paddington-Maida Vale
North LondonHammersmith and Fulham  W   E  Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury
West LondonNotting Hill-North Kensington  W   E  Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury-Soho
WestminsterNotting Hill-North Kensington ← main loop ←  S   E  → main loop → Mayfair-MaryleboneTransfer to eastbound trains from Hammersmith
Hammersmith and FulhamNotting Hill-North Kensington ← Hammersmith branch ←  W   E  → Hammersmith branch → Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury-Camden
WimbledonNotting Hill-North Kensington  W   E  Mayfair-MaryleboneEND
West London ← Reading branch ←  W   E  Mayfair-MaryleboneSohoCity of London
Heathrow Airport   ← Heathrow branch ←  W   E  END
Hammersmith and FulhamNotting Hill-North Kensington  W   E  Mayfair-MaryleboneBloomsbury-Camden
North LondonHampstead  N   S  Mayfair-MaryleboneWestminster

Routes through Paddington-Maida Vale
WatfordKilburn  NW   SE  Marble Arch
Hammersmith and FulhamNorth Kensington  W   E  MaryleboneWest End
North LondonHampstead  N   S  Marylebone

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