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

Location of the Paddington-Maida Vale area in London

UnderstandEdit

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 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.

Get inEdit

By tubeEdit

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

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

By trainEdit

By busEdit

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 boatEdit

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

By bicycleEdit

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.

SeeEdit

 
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

DoEdit

  • 1 Lord's Cricket Ground, Wellington Rd, NW8 8QN (tube: St John's Wood  JUB ). 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. It is also home to the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum, the world's oldest sporting museum, featuring a vast collection of cricket memorabilia. Tours are available daily except on match days, preparation thereof, some special events, and the days surrounding Christmas.    
  • 2 Queens Ice and Bowl, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP (tube: Bayswater  JUB  CIR  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, +44 2071 831055, +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, . 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.

BuyEdit

  • Paddington Bear store, Paddington Station, W2 1RH, +44 2074 025209. M-F: 7:30AM-9AM, Sa: 9AM-9PM, Su: 9AM-7PM. The official store of Michael Bond's famous Paddington Bear with merchandise including books, DVDs, souvenirs and of course, marmalade.

EatEdit

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  JUB  CIR ), +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  JUB  CIR ), +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. 7AM-11PM. 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  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.
  • 5 Il Gusto, 11 Craven Rd, W2 3BP (near Paddington station), +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

DrinkEdit

  • 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 9AM, Sa 7:30AM, Su 10AM) until noon, standard pub food is served at other times.

SleepEdit

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.

BudgetEdit

HostelsEdit

HotelsEdit

  • 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  DIS  CIR  H&C  BAK ), +44 20 7723-7340, fax: +44 20 7723-9775. from £65.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 8 Brynteg Hotel, 109 Sussex Gdns, W2 2RU (tube: Paddington  DIS  CIR  H&C  BAK ), +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  DIS  CIR  H&C  BAK ), +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.
  • 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.
  • 11 The Westbourne Hyde Park, 51 Gloucester Terrace, W2 3DQ, +44 20 74025077.

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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
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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