Engaging things to do at Merchant Square and the Paddington Basin.


It’s hard to be in London and miss visiting the iconic Paddington area of London. Named after the adventurous Peruvian bear this area is known for its cosmopolitan and vibrant vibe. A West London gem it is beautifully located between some royal parks, the plush Notting Hill and little Venice area and the West End. Featuring a grand station that connect you to some prime areas of London, the Heathrow airport and other cities of United Kingdom. As you step out of the grand Paddington Station you will welcomed by beautiful canals, garden squares and an extensive list of places to eat and drink. This area shot to fame when the Noble prize winner Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the Penicillin which revolutionised the world of medicine.

To fully explore the area, you must book yourself a nice London hotel near the Paddington Station. This will give you easy commute to discover the rest of the city and will keep you close to the buzzing and lively city life. Two very prime areas in this zone that you must check out are the Merchant Square and the Paddington Basin. Here’s a guide that compiles things to do, explore and indulge in when you are venturing out to these two places.

Merchant Square

This place is a beautiful example of the modern development in Paddington, that is the heart of London. Here you will find great shops, restaurants as well as some swanky and contemporary looking offices which are different from the offices that nestle in the Victorian style London buildings. The main attraction in this area are the tow lifting bridges and London’s first Floating Pocket Park. Designed and created by Thomas Heatherwick, the Rolling Bridge is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike. Adding to its marvel is the cantilevered fan Bridge that is designed by the Knight Architects. This fan operates like how the traditional Japanese fan works. The best time to witness the opening of thee two iconic bridges is on weekdays – Wednesday and Friday (midday) at 2:00pm and on weekends- 2:00pm on Saturdays.

Paddington basin in London

Paddington Basin

Home to several prime London attractions, in Paddington basin area, you can see the Charles Dickins Museum, relax and explore the massive Hyde Park, pose with your favourite celebrity at Madame Tussauds, stroll and take in the beauty of the royal Kensington Gardens, roam around and click the classic London pictures at the Marble Arch, lovers of the fictional character Sherlock Homes can visit his museum here, music lovers can visit the Abbey Studios, explore the cafes, beauty and canal rides in Little Venice and if you are travelling with kids you can entertain them at the Princess Diana Memorial playground.

To be close to all the above fun and exciting attractions of London and still be close to public transport you must book your stay at the iconic Park Grand Hotel in Paddington. This luxurious hotel offers great facilities and amenities in the heart of the city. Design in modern style you stay here will be a haven of comfort and relaxation.