Guide to Paddington
Paddington is a district located within the City of Westminster in central London.
There are three major landmarks in Paddington – St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington Station and Paddington Green Police Station, which is the UK’s most important high-security police station.
Paddington has all the taxi, bus, rail and cycle facilities typical of an area in London. There are two Underground stations servicing the district: Praed Street (served by the Circle, Bakerloo and District lines) and Paddington Basin (served by the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines).
Mainline and regional rail services toward South Wales and the West Country are accessible via Paddington Station, which also offers services to Heathrow and the capital’s western suburbs.
Paddington Station is one of the district’s most iconic landmarks, with statues of both Isambard Kingdom Brunel – who designed the station – and children’s fictional favourite, Paddington Bear.
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Another of Paddington’s famous landmarks is Browning’s Pool, named after the poet Robert Browning. This lagoon is an important focal point of the Little Venice area and contains a small islet called Browning’s Island.
Paddington is also home to Paddington Central, which is located to the north of the railway and to the south of the Westway flyover. Once a railway goods yard, Paddington Central has been developed into a modern complex that includes leisure, retail and wellbeing facilities.
The most notable green space in the district is Paddington Green. This conservation area is the oldest part of Paddington and contains part of the ancient Paddington and Lilestone villages. It rose in popularity towards the end of the 18th century, due to its proximity to London’s West End.
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