Paddington has long been recognised as one of London’s prime areas, with excellent links to the City and a thriving local community creating a huge amount of interest in Paddington property. With the exciting redevelopment of Paddington Waterside now underway, those seeking property in Paddington are spoilt for choice and can look forward to living in a beautiful, well connected district of the City of Westminster.
Paddington is well known for Paddington Station, and of course, Paddington Bear. Other famous landmarks in Paddington are St Mary's Hospital & Paddington Green Police Station. But there’s more to Paddington than trains, transit and cuddly toys — sleek shops, independent markets, and corner cafes surround the bustling hub. For those who aren’t commuting through, Victorian and Georgian homes and public squares offer clean, well-lit places to spend your days.
Historically a part of Middlesex, Paddington started life as a small village within the wider London area. In fact, it was not until the mid-1800s that the Paddington we know today, resplendent with grand squares and cream stuccoed terraces, began to take shape – thanks to the presence of the Grand Union Canal and London Paddington Station, as well as numerous road links, the district was seen more as a stopover on the way in or out of London than a vibrant community in its own right.
Paddington’s most famous cultural reference is Paddington Bear, as the loveable children’s character first arrived in London via the historic station. Fortunately, Paddington also caters to the “big kids” amongst us, with the recently renovated Paddington Basin offering trendy venues and a champagne bar as well as the waterfront attraction, Little Venice. For lovers of all things nautical, nothing beats sitting in a waterside restaurant watching the canal boats lazily drift by on a balmy summer evening. Paddington is the ideal place to raise a family, with a 10 minute walk to Hyde Park and various attractions including the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum ensuring the kids will never have a dull moment!
Edgware Road and Praed Street are the main commercial roads running through Paddington, which have a range of restaurants and takeaways, shops and supermarkets, pubs and bars. If you’re partial to a ‘flutter’ Edgware Road also houses the Grosvenor Casino, or take in a film at the nearby Marble Arch Odeon Cinema.
Original Victorian architecture comprises much of Paddington's residential side streets. You’ll also find charming cobbled alleyways open onto multi-colored mews housing.
As an alternative to the old, you may prefer something shiny and new. Paddington Waterside is a 20-year mixed-use regeneration scheme covering 80 acres. Already new offices and over 1,100 new flats have been built, with another 1,200 due to be built over the next five years. Part of Paddington Waterside, Merchant Square, overlooking the canal basin, is a development of six separate buildings around a new public square.
1 Merchant Square will soon be launched. This 41-storey block is the tallest in Westminster and will have 222 flats, a 90-room hotel and a top floor restaurant.
Paddington estate agents have plenty to offer those wishing to move to the area, whether to rent or buy, old or new - with a wide variety of detached homes, terraced units and apartments ensuring there is something to suit everyone. Popular areas include Old Marylebone Road, Hermitage Street and the modern The Water Gardens, all of which offer excellent access to Paddington’s main attractions and speedy commuter links into the heart of London. With newly built opportunities frequently showcased in the Paddington office, there is always plenty of choice in this thriving area.
For families seeking to relocate to Paddington, the education of their children is a top priority. Fortunately, this district has plenty of state and independent schools, many of which receive excellent ratings from Ofsted – Paddington Academy, for example, was ranked the 4th best school in England in 2004. Many schools focus upon specialist areas as a means of preparing students for further education, with the infamous Sylvia Young Theatre School found just up the road from Paddington in neighbouring Marylebone. Numerous primary schools, secondary schools and further education institutes can be found in close proximity to the district.
Paddington is a very central district, within easy walking distance of Oxford Street and Hyde Park. The closest tube stations are Edgware Road and Paddington which are both on the Circle, District, Bakerloo and Hammersmith and City lines.
Transport links within and around Paddington are plentiful with all sorts of options ensuring the area is a key target for commuters in the south of England. London Paddington offers services directly to the City by way of underground lines. Some commuters prefer to take the short walk to Lancaster Gate tube station in order to take the Central line. Along with overland journeys to destinations such as Reading, Bristol, West London and Cardiff, Paddington is also the London terminus for the 15 minute journey on the Heathrow Express to the airport – ideal for those who frequently travel abroad on business, or even during the school holidays!
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