The majority of the land that is now Paddington was originally church land and was owned by the Bishop of London. The historic Paddington Station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1854, was established as the London terminus of the Great Western Railway and it continues to be one of the major transport links in the city providing as it does access to the Heathrow Express and other mainline services.
Paddington is dotted with grand terraces, garden squares and crescents of large houses. Sussex Gardens, Westbourne Terrace, Gloucester Terrace, Kensington Garden Square and Leinster Gardens are examples of such properties that were built in the 18th century for the newly wealthy professional classes of lawyers, bankers and doctors living in London.
Today you will find that most of these traditional houses have been divided into apartments and studio flats to rent or buy. Paddington also offers a huge range of period conversion properties ranging from small studio flats to grand one, two or three bed apartments.
Hyde Park is neighboured with the Paddington area boasting its expanse of greenery, and there is a great summer programme of outdoor gigs plus access to the Serpentine Gallery. You can even join the swimming club and take a dip in the Serpentine waters themselves. There is also the tranquility of a dozen garden squares, including Cleveland Square and Norfolk Square, with the option to take a walk or bike ride along the canal towards beatiful Little Venice.
Local transport will never be an issue again – as you are connected to the entire world through Paddington station via bus, taxi or train.