Discover the neighbourhood
Offering exclusive accommodation and impeccable service, Hotel Indigo Paddington is close to London's most famous attractions. Located in the central Paddington area, just one minute from Paddington Station, the hotel is within easy reach of many major business headquarters, Oxford Street shopping and a short tube journey to Trafalgar Square and the famous National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, Covent Garden Opera House and Chinatown. Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centre’s are also on a direct line. Below is just a selection of near by attractions.
Abbey Road Studios
3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, London NW89AY | 20 minutes walk from Paddington
The legendary recording studio sits inconspicuously in the exclusive area of St. Johns Wood. Steeped in Rock‘n’Roll history, the Beatles famously recorded 80% of their records within this studio. Built in 1830 as a private house, it began studio operations in 1931 recording the top orchestras of the day. The building is often besieged by tourists desperate to steal a glimpse or cross over the zebra crossing out the front. Many a visitor has their photo taken reprising the famous cover art of the Beatles album of the same name.
Kensington Gardens, 27 Princes Square, South Kensington, London W2 | 20 minutes walk from Paddington
This 180ft Victorian bronze gilt statue in Kensington Gardens is a tribute to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, and was erected following his death through typhoid at the age of 42. The Albert Memorial accurately captures a royal love story that, like the statue, has stood the test of time. The Queen's grief, and that of her public, was directed at the monument which reflected both the Prince's various public passions and Victorian achievements of the time.
Kensington Palace State Apartments
Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 | 19 minutes walk from Paddington
Originally a private country house, public visitors are now warmly welcomed into Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to Princess Diana between 1981 and 1997. Relive the moment in the Victorian Rooms when the young Princess Victoria discovered that she was to become Queen. Admire the family portraits and original furnishings adorning the homely Queen's Apartments. Revel in the grandeur of the King's Apartments, saturated with paintings and works of art from the Royal Collection, and find sanctuary in the calming Cupola Room where Princess Victoria was christened. On permanent display inside the palace is the famed Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection bursting at the seams with outfits from the 18th century to the present day including a range of glamorous dresses worn by HM Queen Elizabeth II and an array of spectacular and unique evening gowns modelled by Diana, Princess of Wales.
Maida Vale, Little Venice, London W2 | 9 minutes walk from Paddington
As the name suggests, Little Venice is interspersed with waterways and features some superb restaurants, bars and cafes lending the whole area a cosmopolitan, laid back feel. When Robert Browning coined the term Little Venice he was describing the point where the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal meets the Regents Canal. However it now refers to the whole area at the south of Maida Vale. For a scenic water-side walk, follow the canal route north-east for 2.5 miles and you'll end up in Camden where you can see the Lock and the markets, or stroll across to Regents Park and London Zoo.Madame Tussauds
Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 | 21 minutes walk from Paddington
In 1835, Marie Tussaud - former sculptor to the court of Louis XVI - established a sideshow of waxworks of famous contemporary and historical figures (not to mention some gruesome relics of the French Revolution). Today, queues stretch hundreds of metres down Marylebone Road all summer long, as tourists rush to rub shoulders with all the latest waxwork celebrities. In addition to some astonishingly lifelike sculptures, there are also a number of interactive attractions. And no visit would be complete without descending to the incredibly popular and gorgeously gory Chamber of Horrors.Marble Arch
Oxford Street, Hyde Park, London W1C | 15 minutes walk from Paddington
Designed by John Nash in 1828, Marble Arch was intended to be the chief entrance to Buckingham Palace. However, when the Palace was extended, the Arch was relocated to its current position as an entrance to Hyde Park. Built of white Carrara marble, the design was taken from the triumphal arch of Constantine in Rome. By tradition, only senior members of the royal family, the King's Troop and the Royal Horse Artillery are allowed to ride or drive through the landmark.Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London W11 | 20 minutes walk from Paddington
From Cornflakes to Ker-plunk, Spacedust to Spacehoppers, take a nostalgic tour through 200 years of British consumerism. Enter the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising and you enter a time tunnel transporting you from the Victorian era to modern marketing, stopping off to examine the Edwardian craze for ping-pong, the beginnings of radio and television, two World Wars and the Swinging 60s. Socially significant, historically telling and, ultimately, visually stunning this collection of consumerism is unique in both content and quantity - with over 500,000 items, it's the largest collection of its type in the world.
Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1C | 23 minutes walk from Paddington
The opening of Debenhams and Selfridges in 1909 marked the beginning of Oxford Street's dominance as a shopping centre. Now, with over 200 million visitors a year, more than 300 shops and 5 million square feet of retail space, Oxford Street lays claim to being London's busiest. There's an incredible selection of British and International designers available and plenty of great restaurants and cafes to chill out in if you get a bit tired. Oxford Street also offers some of the best choice in terms of High Street fashion, if you can fight your way through the crowds. Oxford Street is one and a half miles end to end. Most shops open from 10am to 6 or 7pm. Many also open on Sundays from 11am or 12 noon to 6pm with late nights on Thursdays.
Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 | 24 minutes walk from Paddington
The famous Portobello Road antiques and flea market in Notting Hill takes place every Saturday although there are also stalls from Monday to Friday. Running from Chepstow Villas to just under the Westway, it is a colourful, dynamic stretch of London that oozes trendiness and fun. On Saturday, it's vast, with over 2,000 stalls, selling everything from books to bric-a-brac and lace to Limoges - everything from fresh fruit, fashion and exotic cooking ingredients are on sale. Thousands of people mill around browsing second-hand clothing stalls or choosing outlandish material. For those who have the patience to search, there are some fantastic bargains.
Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 | 21 minutes walk from Paddington
The Royal College of Art has a lively programme of exhibitions featuring the work of its postgraduate students. In a further bid to promote artistic excellence it hosts lectures by leading figures from the worlds of art and design, fundraising sales, and other events. The College also hosts a number of external exhibitions organised by selected partners. The Royal College of Art includes an invaluable collection of over 1,000 works by staff and graduating students including Peter Blake and David Hockney, representing significant developments in British Painting from the middle years of last century to the present.
Serpentine Boating Lake
The Boat House, Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London W2 | 17 minutes walk from Paddington
Fed by a pure underground spring, and set in the heart of London's gorgeous Hyde Park, the Serpentine Boating Lake is one of the most pleasant places to experience summer in London. With 110 pedalos and rowboats, and a fantastic swimming area there are few better places to forget the bustle and buzz of the big city and float away and relax. The Serpentine Lake gets its name from its curved shape which snakes around to the west of Hyde Park. It's fed by a pure underground spring which makes it ideal for swimming
Hyde Park, London W2 | 16 minutes walk from Paddington
This bastion of British free public speech and free assembly can prove one of the most absorbingly unique, theatrical activities the city has to offer. Located on the corner of Park Lane and Cumberland Gate, opposite Marble Arch tube, Speakers' Corner is the spiritual home of the British democratic tradition of soapbox oratory. Every Sunday since the right of free assembly was recognised in 1872 in the Royal Parks and Garden's Act, people from all walks of life have gathered to listen to speeches about anything and everything...