Family-focused things to see and do in the Edgware Road area


Think that accommodation located near Edgware Road’s effective because it’s near a world-famous railway station? Think again. If you’re going to be staying here during a trip to London, you’ll find many a diversion – for all the family…

Little Venice

Little venice

An attractive water basin that serves as the point where the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet, Little Venice can be found just to the north-west of Paddington Station and offers visitors a wonderful selection of bars, pubs, cafés and assorted eateries. Picturesque and tranquil, but filled with delights, the area barely feels like it’s in the heart of one of the world’s most bustling metropolises. It’s an appealing little place to come upon and while away in for an hour or two before you head back into the Central London hubbub.

Canal Café

Canal Café

This is the place to come to if you fancy discovering new and unique theatre in a comfortable, low-key setting around candlelit tables with a drink in hand. To be found upstairs above Little Venice’s Bridge House pub, its shows usually include comedy and brand new writing. The fringey venue also hosts the regular NewsRevue – holder of the world record for the longest running live comedy show – a terrific topical, comic night out that may tickle your fancy if you’re taking advantage of London hotel packages by staying at the nearby Park Grand London Paddington hotel.

Merchant Square

Located to the north-west of Paddington Station, this piazza’s another major waterside attraction that boasts a myriad of marvels for all the family. First up is its visual wonder, the water maze, which is a big favourite in the summer months but worth checking-out whatever the time of year. As is a pair of two fascinating bridges that truly have to be seen to be believed, the Fan Bridge and Thomas Hetherwick’s unique Rolling Bridge – the latter unravels and opens twice a week.

Other Paddington London attractions here are the free paddleboarding sessions held every Wednesday lunchtime that are open to all members of the public, while on a Tuesday or Thursday why not sample everything from noodles to paella and burgers to pizza at the Crave Food Market? There are also a trio of table tennis tables and the chance to have a go at the classic French game petanque or giant versions of the much-loved indoor games jenga, Connect4 and more – all of which are, again, free for everyone to play.

The Puppet Theatre barge

Puppet Show

Nearly 40 years-old now, this utterly charming venue puts on marionette theatre productions aimed not just at young ones but all the family and can be found (especially this time of year) moored in Little Venice – it often moves to Richmond-upon-Thames during the summer. Its shows usually take inspiration from classic tales from Aesop’s Fables, Shakespeare, Federico García Lorca and the much adored Brer Rabbit stories. However, you can also catch puppet-featuring original shows here too – some of them starring that age-old marionette favourite, Punch. That’s the way to do it!