Formerly a metropolitan borough and having been integrated with Westminster and Greater London in 1965, Paddington is an area within the City of Westminster in central London. It is distinguished by three important landmarks – Paddington Station which offers convenient links to most parts of London and a 20-minute non-stop transfer to Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express; St Mary’s Hospital where Penicillin was discovered and where Princes William and Harry were both born; and Paddington Green Police Station which is the most important high-security police station in UK. Many new developments are taking place in this area such as Paddington Waterside. Paddington is famous for the polite duffle coat-wearing Peruvian bear, the Paddington Bear. The station contains a statue of this classic bear and the other important area in Paddington is Little Venice which is a popular spot at the junction of Regent’s Canal and the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal.
Being so close to central London and particularly to its neighbours such as Kensington, Bayswater, Notting Hill and Lancaster Gate, Paddington is an ideal base for visitors to stay who wish to enjoy a large number of leisure activities that are available in the area. One of the best options is to stay at Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel as it offers the best of facilities and luxurious accommodation. Moreover, it is located close to most attractions of the city as well as to most places of interest.
Paddington is very close to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens that offer a large number of leisure activities that include walking, jogging, having picnics, relaxing on lush green meadows, cycling, horse riding, swimming, rowing and boating. Besides, these activities, there are plenty of attractions in the area that provide opportunities to explore them and have a gala time. These include Kensington Palace, Serpentine Lake, Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Solar Shuttle, Speakers’ Corner, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground and Peter Pan statue. For visiting most of these attractions it is best to stay at a Park Grand Paddington Court Accommodation.
One of the best leisure activities in Paddington is to ride a horse, courtesy of Hyde Park stables and the historic ‘Rotten Row’ bridleway that dates back to the 17th century. It is now used by all types of people from novice riders to those seeking more formal riding experience. Ross Nye’s Riding Stables, located at Bathurst Mews also offers this facility. Another leisure activity is to indulge in yoga at West London Yogashala which is located at Gloucester Terrace.
Paddington offers plenty of nightclubs, bars and pubs that provide plenty of nightlife activities and opportunities to have a good time and to relax. The area also has a large number of restaurants where delectable food conforming to different cuisines of the world prepared by famous chefs is available. These include Bizzarro, Asaha Restaurant and Caffe Nero among many others. Many shopaholics find shopping to be the best leisure activity and Paddington provides plenty of shopping opportunities.