One of London's most well known and recognisable areas, Paddington is very much a gateway to the English capital.
Most famous for London Paddington Railway Station and Paddington Bear, the district of Paddington encompasses a fair-sized area in the City of Westminster to the north of Hyde Park. Even though it isn’t thought of as a residential area in the same way that other nearby areas like Notting Hill and Kensington are, business travellers nonetheless like staying in accommodation close to London Paddington as it has some of the best train links across the southern part of the UK, as well as running regular services to Heathrow Terminals 4 and 5.
Recent investment in chic high-rise housing has, however, led to more high-earning professionals frequenting Paddington than perhaps used to, as well as great availability for quality short term accommodation. This is probably helped by the fact that Paddington also has excellent transport links within London, with services available on the District, Circle, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City lines. Many different bus routes, including night services, also run through the area.
Shopping and eating out while you are at serviced apartments in Paddington could always start at the train station, which nowadays has much more going for it than just the distinctive Isambard Kingdom Brunel-designed train shed. Retailers like WHSmith, Boots and Fat Face all operate there, and there is a Sainsbury’s Local, along with a variety of places to eat. Moving outside of the station, Praed Street is lined with places to eat and, although the Oxford Street is walkable from most of Paddington, keen shoppers are probably best to take a five-stop journey on the Bakerloo Line to Oxford Circus.
There’s plenty to do in and close to Paddington when you head out of your corporate accommodation on a day-off. The Alexander Fleming Laboratory recreates the famous scientist’s workspace from when he made the world’s first penicillin in 1928, while the Paddington Basin has the wonderfully contrasting sights of traditional canal barges floating beneath glass-walled towers. Indeed, the basin links up to the area known as Little Venice, just to the north of Paddington, where the high-rises give way a little to grass and trees and an overall relaxed vibe.
Paddington is also right next to Hyde Park, where there is not only an abundance of open space, but also usually something fun going on. Express yourself – or listen to someone else doing so – at Speaker’s Corner, relax and the lakeside Lido Bar and Café, enjoy the exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery and the royal museum at Kensington Palace.
All these things and more are close by when you stay at our Paddington city apartments. SITU offers selection of aparthotels in Paddington, suitable for busy business travellers.