If you travel to Paddington looking for 32 Windsor Gardens, the famed residence of Paddington Bear, then unfortunately you’ll be disappointed. 32 Windsor Gardens doesn’t actually exist, the children’s author Michael Bond made it up, much to the chagrin of Paddington fans who go searching for it in the area.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t many other very good reasons
for visiting Paddington. Better still, there is accommodation in Paddington which is comfortable, practical and affordable for the discerning holiday-maker. Here are some of the attractions which you can enjoy in Paddington, only a short distance from Mstay’s Paddington Hotel.
Indisputably London’s most scenic waterway, Little Venice runs through Paddington, taking canal boat users through the picturesque settings of willow trees and London’s architecturally historic buildings. Near the banks of the canal are innumerable little cafe’s which ‘Little Venetians’ frequent. If you don’t want to hire a canal boat, and don’t want to walk down the canal’s path, you can actually hire a paddle board and paddle your way down. One of the more interesting boats you’ll see on the canal is the Puppet Theatre Barge, enormous fun for families with children. Why not follow Little Venice all the way down to the ZSL London Zoo, for a day long family outing.
Royal Parks and Squares
Paddington is close to several royal parks, including Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. These immaculate parks always have something of interest, from open air concerts to quiet areas to watch ducks glide along a pond. There are pavilions in the summer, cafe’s in the shade and endless opportunities for long walks. Take a seat under a tree on a cloudless day and you’ll completely forget that you’re in London.
While you may not find Paddington Bear’s house, you certainly can find the statue of Paddington Bear and Michael Bond in Sheldon Square, near the Paddington Basin. You can also visit the Paddington Bear Shop in Paddington Railway Station for the full Paddington experience. In 2014 more than 50 small statues of Paddington Bear, painted to represent different themes, were put up around Paddington to raise money for charity, though sadly they’re no longer up.
Mstay’s 27 Paddington Hotel has been around for 4 years. Located on Craven Road in Westminster, the hotel is a short walk from Paddington Railway Station. To ensure that you make the most of your stay, the hotel is located closely to many of the main attractions of Paddington, with multiple transport links connected by proximity to the area. While being affordable, the hotel has all the modern conveniences you would expect of a luxury apartment, including an en suite shower, appliances such as a hairdryer and iron, and Wi-Fi as well as an LCD TV. There is a continental breakfast available, and the hotel is air conditioned. There is 24 hour reception so that you can ask for assistance or information any time of the day, and daily room cleaning to keep things in order. You will also be provided with the opportunity to use a safety deposit box to keep your valuables, and an electronic key-card as standard.