With so much to see and do in the Paddington area, there’s often little time to really appreciate the smaller things. A trip to London means organising your time efficiently and setting up an itinerary for your stay. That’s why areas such as Paddington Green are often overlooked. As just another green square in London, the area is often merely ignored by commuters on their way to another place, or by tourists in a hurry to catch their reservations at London Accommodation near Paddington Station. This is why it’s often a good idea to take a step back and find out a little bit more about the area you’re staying in, as much of it holds a vast wealth of history and interesting facts that could really be the cherry on your holiday’s cake.
Many people would be surprised to hear that Paddington Green is a conservation area, allowing wildlife to thrive in an oasis in the centre of the city. As the oldest part of Paddington, the square was once teeming with beautiful Georgian houses, built for the gentry of past centuries, but has now diminished to a mere two houses. The area had Georgian houses due to it becoming a fashionable area in the late 18th century, it’s closeness to London’s West End and connections made it very desirable.
St Mary’s churchyard, the name given to the gardens surrounding the onsite St Mary’s Church holds several statues and plaques commemorating notable residents in the area. This includes famous actors, sculptors and other celebrities of the time. This gives the Green a rustic and almost pastoral feel to it, its quaintness juxtaposed by the urban surroundings of Edgware Road and Elephant and Castle.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is just one of the many notable attractions near Paddington Green. Here you can find examples of British Military engineering and a history of the conflicts and innovations that the British have spearheaded over the centuries. Whether you’re interested in 20th century or medieval military history, you’re bound to find something of interest here.
Metropolitan Tabernacle Baptist Church at Elephant and Castle
Dating back to 1650, this grand columned Baptist church was the largest of its kind back in its heyday of the mid-19th century. The flock of this famous Baptist Church has been worshipping on this site since the mid-17th century and has a grand interior which, even if you’re not religious or a Baptist, is still worth visiting due to its historical resonance.
Ministry of Sound
If you’re looking for a great night out to balance out the relaxation of Paddington Green, then look no further than the nearby Ministry of Sound. Here you can find a thumping dance floor moving to the beat of a wide rostrum of talented international DJ’s every weekend. Whether you want to revisit those Ibiza days or find the cutting edge of dance music, the Ministry of Sound is a must for any Park Grand London Paddington Hotel looking to boogie away their weekend.