What to see in Paddington, London [Complete Guide]

Paddington is known for three things. The Canals that are there for more than 200 years, initially build for commercial navigation, today are used as a way of living for many "hippy/happy" souls of the city who own a house boat. Second is known as the place of Paddington Bear, the book & movie character that traveled from Peru to London and arrived in Paddington station. He is the symbol of the neighborhood! Last but not least Paddington is known for Little Venice, one of the secret tourist attractions of London, a place loved by the locals and less known by tourists. Today I venture around the neighborhood, so let's explorer Paddington together… 

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What to see and do in Paddington tourist key information in 2021 ✏️
Nearest Tube Station: Paddington Station
3 best Accommodation options in Paddington: NOX HOTELS - Paddington[Economy] Inhabit Hotel  [Superior] The Chilworth London Paddington [Luxury] 
The best tourist attractions in Paddington, prices in 2021: Alexander Fleming Museum [4.00£], Paddington in 3 words: Famous tourist attraction, Trendy & fashionable neighborhood, small village feel
What others neighborhood to visit around Paddington: Portobello, Kensington, Marylebone. 

Feel the local vibes in Paddington Mews 


Paddington is not just the canals. There is life, there are quiet streets, village-like vibes & landscape, in the small, secret mews of Paddington. Pin them on your map and go for the colorful houses, beautiful gardens & a quiet place where you can take photos without any tourists disturbing. Search for Bathurst Mews (best vibes) Radnor Mews & Conduit Mews (line of colorful houses), Southwick Mews (photogenic place).

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Norfolk Square Gardens is a hidden jewel in London 


These gardens were a joy to visit even on a very cold autumn morning. As well as the pleasure of a green open space amid the bustle of Paddington, there’s a table tennis table and some playground items for the kids. The gardens are well maintained, loved the huge trees & the symmetry. The surrounding residential area & hotels are nice as well. 

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Next stop was the Floating Pocket Park in Paddington Basin


The modern side of Paddington I found it in this tiny artificial floating garden, built on the Canal. It's a lovely green oasis in an otherwise concrete jungle. What an innovative way of using the space. A good place to stay and reflect about life, listen to the laughter of the kids, enjoying the views. 

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Breakfast with a view by the Canal in Paddington Central 


Beautiful place to relax with a drink and just watch the world go by. I bought a tea from the small Italian stand, took out the "£3-Meal Deal" from Tesco and enjoyed a breakfast with a view. 
Tip: If you are searching for a unique experience, try the "Canal Café" - each boat is turned into a restaurant table. For a funky brunch try the colorful boat turned restaurant called " Darcie & May Green" (requires reservation)

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I found the Paddington Bear  


Paddington Bear sculptures are one of the most popular installations in the city, and a must-see on your visit. There are around 50, hidden in the neighborhood. I found the blue statue under the bridge in Paddington Central. 

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Steel ‘Portraits’ in Sheldon Square 


This is another small part of Paddington Canals, known for the open air amphitheater, small shops and restaurants and of course the cultural side of it with the Steel Portraits & great art work. 

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As we kept walking by the Canal we found ourselves in famous "Little Venice" 


Now this is the most pitoresque part of Paddington. The big tourist attraction. I loved the colourful boats and barges, looking all better in the bright autumnal sunshine. The atmosphere was relaxed as we watched folks working on their house boats, or enjoying a drink or picnic on their rented boats. It seemed miles away from the busy streets of Central London, but yet we are there. Anyway, don't get disappointed… if you come looking for "Venice" you'll see a similar "Amsterdam" in my point of view. 

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😍 Have you visited Paddington in London? 
What`s your favorite place presented in this article? 😍


Thanks for visiting, XoXo, Alice

16 comments:

  1. Oh yes, I have visited London and we actually stayed in Paddington near the Norfolk Square Gardens, but... yes, there's a but.
    I got sick during the trip and had a high fever during our entire stay, so what I liked most during my stay was the number of different take out places that surrounded the area :P

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  2. What a great city! I love the way Paddington combines the super cute old world vibe with modern living, as well. I'd love to visit.

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  3. I would love to explore Paddington. It's such a beautiful place. It has that classic old world vibe and then you move on and BAM. You're in a modern city. Very cool.

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  4. What a simply adorable, quaint and peculiar place. Certainly less known than others but for this very reason I want to explore the most.

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  5. I have visited London but did not have a chance to visit Paddington. I would love to have drinks and brunch on the boats there.

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  6. I have visited London but did not have a chance to visit Paddington. I would love to have drinks and brunch on the boats there.

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  7. I was in London very briefly during an overnight stop over. Did not get a chance to see Paddington as we were required to quarantine naturally. I can't wait to go back in a post Covid era and see Little Venice.

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  8. Paddington looks like an amazing place to visit! I would love to tour here and explore all of these places!

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  9. Aww Paddington looks very cute and colorful. I love places like that - a treat for the eyes. thanks for giving me something to look forward to !

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  10. Charlotte1:37 AM

    Little Venice is my favorite spot in London. So pitoresque, so calm, I always take my grandma and my dog Chupy for a walk on Sunday

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  11. I hope I can visit Paddington soon. It looks so nice! Can't wait after pandemic.

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  12. Wendy Polisi7:28 AM

    I have always wanted to visit London. This looks like an awesome place to check out!

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  13. I've never visited London but how can it get more gorgeous?!!! Love your articles!

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  14. I have been to London many times, but have never seen some of these, so will deffo be noting these for the future. Fab pics too btw x

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  15. I've been to London several times in my life but have never visited Paddington, London. I must add this city to my list when I can return!

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  16. Catherine2:37 PM

    My favorite experience would be by far a lunch at "Darcie & May Green". Looks like a fairlytale location.

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