Things to do in Paddington

Food & Drink

Canalside dining is at its finest in Paddington, with restaurants, café and pubs overlooking the water from the head of Paddington Basin, through Merchant Square and Paddington Central, to Little Venice. Unique floating restaurants offer indoor and on-deck tables, with regular fine-dining cruises. Get up close and personal with the ducks over dinner. Click here to find out more.


Immerse yourself in Paddington’s history and culture, with a series of walks from Paddington Station. Go on a heritage hunt, finding blue plaques celebrating the lives of Paddington’s most notable locals. Follow in the marmalade footsteps of Paddington Bear on the Pawprint Trail or take a canalside walk and soak up the stories behind Paddington’s public art.

Things to Do

Take to the water in Paddington on the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals. Hire a self-drive electric boat from GoBoat to explore the route to Camden Lock and back, or take the slow lane on a paddleboard or canoe with Active 360. Want to let someone else do all the work? Then take one of the many Trip Boats from Little Venice. If you’d rather be static, take the weight off your feet on London’s first Floating Pocket Park or watch the prototype bridges perform at Merchant Square.

Paddington map

Explore Paddington with this illustrated map featuring things to do, corners to relax, places to stay, bears to find, bridges to watch and the top Instagram spots.

Download the map here (PDF, 4040 KB)
The area close to Paddington Station offers an inspiring assortment of culinary experiences, unique activities and sensory strolls. Travel with GWR to London Paddington Station from the South West, Wales and Thames Valley, connecting Reading to London in under 25 minutes. Whether you’re heading to the capital for business or leisure, book with GWR to avoid booking fees.


Which train services run direct to London Paddington?

Trains run directly to London Paddington from a number of mainline stations, including Newbury, Reading, Oxford, Bristol and Swindon.

What transport connections are available from London Paddington?

The station is connected with a range of Transport for London bus routes, four London Underground lines, the Heathrow Express and boasts a large taxi rank.

What facilities are available at London Paddington?

To find out more about the station, it’s retail outlets and facilities please click here.

Cheaper train tickets to Paddington

Wherever you’re travelling from, you don’t need to break the bank when booking your Paddington train tickets.
Consider these money saving options when you book and you’re bound to find a cheaper option.