Paddington Area Guide

Brief history to Paddington

When we think of Paddington the image we create is often that of trains, and of course, a blue duffel-coated, red hat wearing bear. The Great Western Railway does play a unique part in the history of the area but prior to the 1830's, Paddington had been no more than farming land, fields and grazing meadows.

It is believed the name Paddington derived from the Saxon name of 'Padda's Tun' or 'Padda's Farm'. Once renowned for housing the 'Tyburn Tree', its history has a sinister twist. The Tyburn Tree was a terrifying three-legged gallows that once stood at the junction of Bayswater and Edgeware Road. Famous highwayman 'Gentleman Jack' Shepherd met his fate here in front of an estimated crowd of 200,000 people.

The success of the canal basin radically transformed the area; Paddington was now the ideal location for the trains of the all-new Great Western Railway lines to terminate within the capital. Having opened in 1838 the area now offered excellent trading links across London and other parts of the country. Bringing goods in and out of the city by road having been bought in from the country via canal and by rail.

Now a beautiful and vibrant area within Central and West London, Paddington is bustling and lively. Both Princes Harry and William were born at the area's St Mary's Hospital and first went to school in Paddington, bringing a royal flair to the community. The area offers a wealth of unique independent stores and even an underground gallery.

Types of Property in Paddington

There's a beautiful mix of property in Paddington. Large state buildings project alongside avenues of terraced houses of the late Victorian early Edwardian style. By the late 19th Century most of the mansion houses had been converted into hotels, boarding houses and apartments.

New build properties are coming to the area in the form of an exciting redevelopment at Paddington Waterside. It has been reported that it will bring thousands of new homes to the area.

Average rental prices

Paddington is perfectly situated in the heart of Central and West London; it provides some of the best links in and out of the city as well as national links to and from the city. This makes it the ideal area for those working and living in the city during the week and the cost of renting is reflective. For a studio apartment you will expect to pay £246.00 per week, for a one-bedroom apartment £543.25 and a two-bedroom apartment £864.00.

Council Tax Banding in Paddington ranges from A – £448.50 to H – £1,345.48. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Paddington

The contemporary new office complex at Paddington Waterside has made the area increasingly more popular to the young professional housing market. The smaller Victorian terraces are ideal for young families and the spacious apartment style conversions and mansion blocks attract couples and house share potentials.

There's a certain political feel to the neighbourhood with both Winston Churchill and Tony Blair having chosen Paddington as home.

What to do in Paddington

Paddington is a hive of activity, enjoy fine cuisine and relaxing coffee houses where you can sit back whilst watching the city race by. Take a stroll underground at either Edgeware Road or Harrow Road and you'll find something totally unexpected, the Subway Gallery. The Subway Gallery is a hidden secret in the heart of our London Underground network.

Awaken your senses at the Markus Coffee Company, where you will find sacks bursting with beans of every variety. The air is filled with the aroma of one of the nation's most celebrated hot drinks. Or sit inside and enjoy the choice of wares whist enjoying good company or quietly reading a book.

Enjoy an evening stroll around the Regent's Canal, enter an entirely different world in Little Venice where the waterways are lined with brightly painted canal boats. The Waterside restaurant is a favourite of the locals and attracts visitors from far and wide. It serves the most taste bud tempting dishes whilst you enjoy the experience of being al fresco alongside the canal.

Just ten minutes away is Hyde Park with vast areas of green space and offering a range of sporting and leisure activities. Kensington Gardens is the other Royal Park in the area and again you will find a range of contemporary and traditional activities or simply enjoy the sculptures.

Transport

Paddington is ideally situated for links in and around the city or links outwards across the country. Paddington Station is situated in the heart of the district and offers overground and underground links.

There are excellent and frequent London bus links to and from Paddington and across the city.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Central and West London has an excellent choice of schools and colleges in the area. At nursery level the Hyde Park Nursery and Pre School is a favourite with local residents. For primary level education the St James & St Michael's C of E Primary School and Paddington Green Primary both have good Ofsted Reports. The International College and Landsdowne College are two of the many incredible secondary education level schools in Paddington.

For more information on schools, colleges and universities in the area please visit our specified section here.