Paddington is a central London area within the City of Westminster. It used to be a metropolitan borough but became part of its current governance in 1965. Paddington boasts three major landmarks: Paddington Station, St Mary’s Hospital and Paddington Green Police Station. The area is currently being regenerated, with many new developments springing up alongside the railway and canal, rejuvenating disused buildings and wasteland.
Paddington Station links London to the West of England
Many businesses in Paddington historically were located there due to their proximity to the canal and the railways, which were intrinsic to any industry. These days, there is less of an allegiance to any particular industry, businesses choosing, instead, to locate in the area due to its relatively reasonable commercial rents, and proximity to Central London.
Living in Paddington is relatively low-key compared to the rest of London. There is still a large amount of social housing provided. That doesn’t mean that private housing is cheap, indeed a house fetches up to £2.5million (source, Foxtons), but cheaper flats can be purchased for the relatively low price of just over £300,000.
Paddington Station provides mainline services to the west country and is a London Underground station providing access to the Bakerloo, District, Circle and the Hammersmith & City lines.
Taxis are easily hailed and the area is relatively easily reached by car.
There are three nearby tube stations: Paddington, Lancaster Gate and Edgware Road.
There are regular and frequent bus routes around London from Paddington.
The Heathrow Express links Paddington to Heathrow with a regular service. Other airports and mainline stations are easily reached via the London Underground Network, upon which Paddington is a station.
Paddington is a busy, vibrant London location with one the country’s biggest and oldest mainline rail stations. It has a network of canals that are being brought back to life and a growing number of commercial developments are springing up. Well connected to the rest of London the Underground lines, it also has its share of pubs, bars, and restaurants and the picturesque Paddington Basin and Little Venice are the perfect locations for quiet canal side walks or relaxing summer drinks by the water.