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The London Paddington area is a major tourist hub with the convenient distance to areas like Notting Hill, Oxford Street, Queensway and Bayswater as well as a range of shopping and dining options nearby. The area is perfectly located providing a convenient distance to the most important sightseeing, Paddington attractions as well as business sites.

With the historic Paddington Station that was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1854 and became the London terminus of the Great Western Railway, the London Paddington area is now irreplaceable because of its Heathrow Express and other mainline services.

People often wonder what do the little bears in the Paddington souvenir shops mean. The Paddington Bear has its individual story that dates to Christmas Eve of 1956. It was a writer Michael Bond who adopted the Paddington name for his fictional character, the Paddington Bear.

The writer came across the lonely and abandoned-looking bear toy in one of the London shops. He felt sorry for it and brought it to his home next to Paddington Station. Mr. Bond started writing short stories about the bear without imagining the future success of his books. The Paddington books have become extremely popular and sold tens of millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty languages.

The London Paddington area is also famous for the St Mary's hospital, where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin on the 3rd of September 1928. For those who have a passion for science and medicine, the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum might be worth seeing. It has been reconstructed as his original laboratory, with a video, exhibition and photographs of Fleming.

In terms of transport, London Paddington is superbly situated. With the Heathrow Express that that goes every 15 minutes and trains to other part of England, the station is one of the major train hubs for London. You can easily 'hail' a black cab from just outside the hotel and make your journey quick and efficient. London Paddington also provides the underground services for the District, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Bakerloo lines.


Burn The Floor at Shaftesbury Theatre
Burn The Floor at Shaftesbury Theatre
6th Mar - 1st Sep '13
Burn The Floor in London Shaftesbury Theatre stars Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly Come BBC's. A hot ballroom show, Burn The Floor in London includes a mix of...
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Top Hat at Aldwych Theatre
Top Hat at Aldwych Theatre
19th Apr '12 - 28th Sep '13
Seventy-seven years after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers lit up Hollywood's silver screen with one of the greatest dance musicals of all time, RKO Pictures' Top Hat is coming to the West End. Judging by the sensational reviews, standing ...
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The 39 Steps at Criterion Theatre
The 39 Steps at Criterion Theatre
Until 19th Oct '13
John Buchan's The 39 Steps - memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 - is thrillingly for the stage as a howlingly funny comedy. Nothing has been cut from this hilarious...
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Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre
Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre
28th Feb '08 - 20th Oct '13
ersey Boys follows the rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they work their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom, and features such hits...
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Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre
Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre
Until 26th Oct '13
Now in its 26th record-breaking year, this multi-award winning musical continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End after more than 10,000 performances. Andrew Lloyd Webber's mesmerising score...
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Spamalot at Playhouse Theatre
Spamalot at Playhouse Theatre
14th Nov '12 - 2nd Nov '13
Audiences all around the world have been roaring with laughter since Monty Python's Spamalot, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005.Spamalot tells...
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The Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre
The Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre
Until 14th Dec '13
'The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter. If you haven't seen this show yet you are missing a treat' Daily Telegraph. Since 1989, over 7 million people have...
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Billy Elliot at Victoria Palace
Billy Elliot at Victoria Palace
Until 21st Dec '13
A funny, heart-warming and feel-good celebration of one young boy's dream in a gripping tale of triumph over adversity. This original story captured the hearts and minds of the world when...
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Stomp at The Ambassadors Theatre
Stomp at The Ambassadors Theatre
Until 23rd Dec '13
Celebrating its 7th sensational year in London, STOMP is now FRESHER, FASTER AND FUNNIER than ever before, with new routines, new choreography and new music. This multi-award winning show has a universal language of rhythm, theatre...
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The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre
The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre
Until 5th Jan '14
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi-award winning musical 'The Lion King' will redefine your expectations of theatre. A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney ...
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Let It Be at Savoy Theatre
Let It Be at Savoy Theatre
1st Feb '13 - 18th Jan '14
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the world's most successful rock 'n' roll band, live in London's West End! Let It Be is a spectacular theatrical concert jam-packed with over twenty...
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A Chorus Line at London Palladium
A Chorus Line at London Palladium
5th Feb '13 - 18th Jan '14
Auditions are underway for a new Broadway musical. For everyone present, it's the chance of a lifetime. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of - to have the chance to dance. Told through captivating song, riveting ...
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War Horse at New London Theatre
War Horse at New London Theatre
28th Mar '09 - 15th Feb '14
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an...
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One Man, Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket
One Man, Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket
2nd Mar '12 - 1st Mar '14
n Richard Bean's English version of Carlo Goldoni's classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe...
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The Bodyguard at Adelphi Theatre
The Bodyguard at Adelphi Theatre
6th Nov '12 - 8th Mar '14
The Bodyguard, based on the smash-hit film which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, is currently wowing audiences at the Adelphi Theatre, London starring heather Headley as Rachel Marron & Lloyd Owen as Frank Farmer...
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Thriller - Live at Lyric Shaftesbury Theatre
Thriller - Live at Lyric Theatre
2nd Jan '09 - 16th Mar '14
Moonwalking into the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe, Thriller - Live is a spectacular, high octane show celebrating the career of Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5. To bring to life on stage the...
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We Will Rock You at Dominion Theatre
We Will Rock You at Dominion Theatre
Until 5th Apr '14
We Will Rock You is set in the future, on a place once called Earth. Globalisation is complete. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes, and thinks the same thoughts. A safe, happy Ga Ga world. The Company Computers...
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Paddington Hotels Guide - London

Mercure London Paddington Hotel and Hotel Indigo London Paddington are luxury London hotels in the Paddington area of central London. Heathrow Express offers the quickest and most appropriate means to travel between London Heathrow Airport and London Paddington. With trains leaving every 15 minutes, to and from London Paddington, Heathrow Express beats any other form of transport for ease and efficiency to and from Heathrow airport. The area itself is vigorous, and is home to many businesses, cafes and restaurants. 

Paddington is a prime area to stay, but we offer best value rates for our London Paddington hotels. Paddington station is served by four London Underground Lines (District, Circle Hammersmith & City, and Bakerloo). Today's atmosphere of the district is lively and cosmopolitan. In particular, this is an excellent area to look for luxury accommodation in London.

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