Now a big screen presents due to the amazing success of the Paddington Bear movies, you’ll learn when staying at the Park Grand London Paddington Hotel that there’s more than a cute bear going for the unique and historic area. From traditional pubs to richly historic landmarks, there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your stay in London. Whether you’re on business or pleasure you should consider taking some time out to explore the rich heritage of the area in which you’re staying.
Soak in some historic art with the grave statue of the Unknown Soldier at Paddington Station. This world war 1 soldier statue is a memorial to those who died during the tragic war. This statue was built in 2014 as a mark of a century since the outbreak of one of the most brutal wars in history.
Alexander Flemings Laboratory
The cultivator of the Penicillin antibiotic which has saved so many lives since its conception in 1928, Flemings lab has been restored to almost meticulous likeness. With almost a century between us now, it is a marvel to see how medicine has changed and how such a Nobel Prize winning man could create such an innovation from what now seems like a humble room.
With tributaries running off the Grand Union Canal, you’ll be able to find a great range of canal side cafes and quaint streams full to the brim with cutesy houseboats in the Paddington Station-backed Little Venice. A walk from the Park Grand Paddington Hotel to Little Venice is highly recommended.
The Puppet Theatre
With over 30 years of experience, the Puppet Theatre Barge is a must for anyone looking for a slice of entertainment for all ages. With marionette performance at it’s heart, the barge based theatre and its company even hold workshops and talks for a multitude of ages to revive this ever diminishing yet hauntingly beautiful blend of storytelling and visual art.
Canal Café Theatre
This West London based Theatre has certainly made a big impression with the likes of Alistair McGowan and Bill Bailey having cut their teeth here. From Thursday to Sunday you can find live comedy shows and since 1979, this small and passionate team are looking for new writing and performers to grace their well-respected stage.
The recently renovated Merchant Square is located just outside of Paddington Station and is home to canal side restaurants and bars and certainly gives a great respite from the stresses of travel in the city. With a rich and built up setting, you can expect dazzling skyscrapers paired with angular urban architecture.
Originally created as the private gardens of Queen Caroline of Brunswick, this park is now open to the public and home to Kensington House and a beautiful Dutch sunken garden. Backed on to Hyde Park, this park shares the Serpentine Lake as well as various other landmarks which makes it a must for any botanical and period detail lover.