Guide to living in Paddington

Brightly coloured mews houses along the alley of Conduit Mews, Paddington in London

Guide to living in Paddington

Paddington, nestled in the heart of vibrant Central London, presents a unique blend of historical charm, modern luxury, and entertainment options, making it a desirable location for families and professionals.

Well-known for its grand Victorian architecture, sprawling green spaces, and excellent transport links, Paddington offers a near-unrivalled quality of life. Here’s everything you need to know about living in Paddington.

Property market

The property market in Paddington is diverse, offering everything from historic Georgian and Victorian homes and luxury penthouses to modern one-bedroom flats. Paddington Central and the recently redeveloped Paddington Basin have also introduced new residential developments, combining luxury living with waterfront views. This, combined with its central location, superb transport links, and friendly community, make Paddington a secure investment in London’s real estate market.

People enjoying the sun in front of modern apartments at Paddington Basin in London

Food & drink

Paddington is dotted with hundreds of delicious places to eat, from cosy coffee shops and pubs to upscale restaurants and street food vendors, many of which reflect London’s multicultural spirit.

Paddington Basin is a local favourite for dining and leisure, offering waterfront restaurants and bars with picturesque views. Must-try restaurants include The Summerhouse, famous for its seafood, and The Cheese Bar. For those seeking a unique dining experience, the floating restaurants along the canal provide a charming backdrop for a memorable meal.

Green spaces

One of Paddington’s most appealing features is its proximity to some of London’s most beautiful parks. Hyde Park and The Regent’s Park, two of the city’s largest and most famous green spaces, are just a short walk away. Kensington Gardens offers an equally tranquil escape with manicured lawns, flower beds, and the iconic Kensington Palace. For something more low-key, Paddington’s own Norfolk Square Gardens provide a quiet reprieve from busy London life.

People enjoying the hottest day on record at Paddington Basin, London

Education

Families living in Paddington have plenty of brilliant nursery, primary, and secondary schools to choose from. Top schools in the area include:

For higher education, the University of Westminster and the Royal College of Art are within easy reach, offering some of the best tertiary education in the country. 

Shopping and leisure

Paddington offers a variety of shopping experiences, from boutique stores and artisanal markets to the nearby retail havens of Oxford Street, Bond Street, and Regent Street. The area’s mix of high-street retailers, luxury fashion houses, homeware shops, and boutiques gives the area a dynamic and upmarket feel. For leisure, Paddington Basin provides some fantastic amenities, such as outdoor cinema screenings, art installations, and water-based activities like paddle boarding.

Rows of houseboats and narrow boats on the canal banks at Paddington Basin in Little Venice, London

Transport links

Paddington is a major transport hub, boasting one of London’s principal railway stations. It is a quick trip to some of London’s most popular locations like Central London, Hyde Park and Canary Wharf.

Paddington Station provides seamless access to national and international destinations, including a direct link to Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express and Elizabeth lines, making it an ideal location for frequent travellers.

The area is also well-served by London Underground lines, including the Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City lines. This connectivity ensures residents can easily navigate the city and beyond, making the daily commute or leisurely excursions a breeze.

Underground stations near Paddington:

  • Paddington Station
  • Edgware Road
  • Lancaster Gate
  • Queensway
  • Bayswater
  • Royal Oak
  • Warwick Avenue

Living in Paddington

Living in Paddington offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the best of London’s cosmopolitan lifestyle while residing in an area that retains a sense of community and tranquillity. Its unparalleled transport links, diverse dining scene, access to green spaces, and quality educational institutions make Paddington an attractive option for high-end property buyers. Whether you’re drawn to its historic charm or the modern luxuries of waterfront living, Paddington embodies a harmonious blend of past and present, making it a distinguished choice for those looking to make their home in London.

Brightly coloured mews houses along the alley of Conduit Mews, Paddington in London

Living in Paddington – Frequently asked questions

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Does Paddington have any good parks?

Yes! Paddington is just a quick walk from Hyde Park, the Regent’s Park, and Kensington Gardens – some of London’s best green spaces.

Can you buy or rent properties on the Canal?

Paddington is home to some incredible canal-side properties for rent and sale. For more information, contact us today.

Is there good access to West and South London?

Yes, Paddington has fantastic access to most parts of London, including the South and West.

Property for sale near Paddington

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£6,500,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Albion Street, W2
£4,995,000

Albion Street, W2

Park Mansions, London, SW1X
Guide Price £3,300,000

Park Mansions, London, SW1X

Porchester Place, W2
Guide Price £3,295,000

Porchester Place, W2

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £3,000,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Cormorant Lodge, London, E1W
£2,650,000

Cormorant Lodge, London, E1W

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£2,500,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Sussex Lodge, London, W2
£2,500,000

Sussex Lodge, London, W2

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£2,350,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Godolphin Road, W12
£2,350,000

Godolphin Road, W12

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1
£2,000,000

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
Offers in excess of £2,000,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£1,950,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Devonia Road, N1
£1,900,000

Devonia Road, N1

Elephant Lane, London, SE16
£1,875,000

Elephant Lane, London, SE16

Chantrey House, Belgravia, London, SW1W
£1,850,000

Chantrey House, Belgravia, London, SW1W

The Triangle, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £1,750,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

Charlton Place, N1
£1,750,000

Charlton Place, N1

Southacre, London, W2
£1,675,000

Southacre, London, W2

Luna House, London, SE16
£1,650,000

Luna House, London, SE16

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,550,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Elystan Street, SW3
£1,500,000

Elystan Street, SW3

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1
£1,350,000

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1

The Quadrangle, W2
Offers in excess of £1,300,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1
£1,300,000

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1

Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1
£1,250,000

Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1

Sherwood Court, London, W1H
£1,175,000

Sherwood Court, London, W1H

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,100,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Kensington Gardens Square, W2
Offers in excess of £1,100,000

Kensington Gardens Square, W2

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £1,050,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,050,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£1,040,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Waterside Building, London, E1W
Offers in the region of £1,000,000

Waterside Building, London, E1W

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£995,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Norfolk Place, W2
£975,000

Norfolk Place, W2

Riverlight Quay, SW11
£950,000

Riverlight Quay, SW11

Rosary Gardens, SW7
£950,000

Rosary Gardens, SW7

Portsea Hall, London, W2
£900,000

Portsea Hall, London, W2

Cinnabar Wharf Central, London, E1W
Guide Price £900,000

Cinnabar Wharf Central, London, E1W

Portsea Hall, London, W2
£900,000

Portsea Hall, London, W2

Granary House, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £900,000

Granary House, London, SE16

St. Luke’s Street, London, SW3
£895,000

St. Luke’s Street, London, SW3

Hays Court, London, SE16
£895,000

Hays Court, London, SE16

Spa Road, London, SE16
£875,000

Spa Road, London, SE16

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£850,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

West India Quay, E14
£850,000

West India Quay, E14

Berglen Court, London, E14
£850,000

Berglen Court, London, E14

Goswell Road, EC1V
£850,000

Goswell Road, EC1V

Stanhope Terrace, W2
Offers in excess of £800,000

Stanhope Terrace, W2

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£800,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Devonport, London, W2
£799,000

Devonport, London, W2

Rossetti Garden Mansions, London, SW3
£795,000

Rossetti Garden Mansions, London, SW3

Juniper Drive, SW18
£795,000

Juniper Drive, SW18

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£775,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Clifton Place, W2
£750,000

Clifton Place, W2

Millennium Square, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £725,000

Millennium Square, London, SE1

The Water Gardens, W2
£700,000

The Water Gardens, W2

Lefkonico House 505-507, London, N7
Offers in excess of £700,000

Lefkonico House 505-507, London, N7

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£690,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Cleveland Mansions, London, W9
£675,000

Cleveland Mansions, London, W9

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£650,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

The Triangle, London, SE1
£650,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

St. Anns Villas, W11
£650,000

St. Anns Villas, W11

Vaughan Way, E1W
£650,000

Vaughan Way, E1W

Hermitage Waterside, London, E1W
£645,000

Hermitage Waterside, London, E1W

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
£625,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

Java House, London, E14
£600,000

Java House, London, E14

Free Trade Wharf, London, E1W
Guide Price £600,000

Free Trade Wharf, London, E1W

Tamarind Court, London, SE1
£600,000

Tamarind Court, London, SE1

The Water Gardens, W2
£598,000

The Water Gardens, W2

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1
£595,000

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1

Spa Road, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £595,000

Spa Road, London, SE16

Ashmore Road, W9
£590,000

Ashmore Road, W9

Fennel Apartments, London, SE1
offersOver £585,000

Fennel Apartments, London, SE1

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W
£575,000

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£565,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

Arlington Avenue, N1
Offers in excess of £550,000

Arlington Avenue, N1

Hanover Steps, London, W2
£525,000

Hanover Steps, London, W2

Wharf Road, N1
Offers in excess of £525,000

Wharf Road, N1

Sloane Avenue Mansions, London, SW3
£500,000

Sloane Avenue Mansions, London, SW3

The Triangle, London, EC1V
£500,000

The Triangle, London, EC1V

The Circle, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £500,000

The Circle, London, SE1

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V
£500,000

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V

Corio House, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £500,000

Corio House, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£485,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£485,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Wenlock Street, N1
Offers in excess of £475,000

Wenlock Street, N1

Plympton Road, NW6
Offers in excess of £475,000

Plympton Road, NW6

Coniston Court, London, W2
£440,000

Coniston Court, London, W2

Park West, London, W2
£425,000

Park West, London, W2

Blenheim Terrace, NW8
Offers in excess of £400,000

Blenheim Terrace, NW8

Finch Lodge, London, W9
£400,000

Finch Lodge, London, W9

Essex Road, N1
Offers in excess of £375,000

Essex Road, N1

New Caledonian Wharf, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £350,000

New Caledonian Wharf, London, SE16

Forset Court, London, W2
£350,000

Forset Court, London, W2

Edgware Road, W2
Offers in excess of £295,000

Edgware Road, W2

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£275,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Curlew Street, London, SE1
£30,000

Curlew Street, London, SE1