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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Hyde Park

20 7262 2226
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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

Gloucester Place, W1U
Offers in excess of £7,000,000

Gloucester Place, W1U

Sloane Street, SW1X
£4,600,000

Sloane Street, SW1X

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

Hyde Park Gardens, W2
£2,850,000

Hyde Park Gardens, W2

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

The Boathouse, London, SE1
£2,500,000

The Boathouse, London, SE1

Sanderling Lodge, London, E1W
£2,500,000

Sanderling Lodge, London, E1W

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

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

Chantrey House, Belgravia, London, SW1W

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,850,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Springalls Wharf Apartments, London, SE16
£1,850,000

Springalls Wharf Apartments, London, SE16

Elephant Lane, London, SE16
£1,750,000

Elephant Lane, London, SE16

Brooksby Street, N1
£1,750,000

Brooksby Street, N1

Portsea Place, W2
£1,749,000

Portsea Place, W2

Southacre, London, W2
£1,650,000

Southacre, London, W2

Luna House, London, SE16
£1,500,000

Luna House, London, SE16

The Boathouse, London, SE1
£1,400,000

The Boathouse, London, SE1

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

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1

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

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1

Hyde Park Street, W2
£1,250,000

Hyde Park Street, W2

Wapping High Street, E1W
£1,200,000

Wapping High Street, E1W

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,100,000

The Quadrangle, W2

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

Kensington Gardens Square, W2

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,050,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Caraway Apartments, London, SE1
£985,000

Caraway Apartments, London, SE1

Tempus Wharf, London, SE16
£975,000

Tempus Wharf, London, SE16

Riverlight Quay, SW11
£950,000

Riverlight Quay, SW11

Waterside Building, London, E1W
£950,000

Waterside Building, London, E1W

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

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£900,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Granary House, London, SE16
£900,000

Granary House, London, SE16

Providence Square, London, SE1
£900,000

Providence Square, London, SE1

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

St. Luke’s Street, London, SW3

West India Quay, E14
£850,000

West India Quay, E14

Peninsula Court, London, N1
Offers in excess of £825,000

Peninsula Court, London, N1

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

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Hays Court, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £800,000

Hays Court, London, SE16

Compass Court, London, SE1
£800,000

Compass Court, London, SE1

The Lantern Building, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £800,000

The Lantern Building, London, SE1

Boss House, London, SE1
£800,000

Boss House, London, SE1

Devonport, London, W2
£799,000

Devonport, London, W2

Stanhope Terrace, W2
£795,000

Stanhope Terrace, W2

Juniper Drive, SW18
£795,000

Juniper Drive, SW18

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£775,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Balmoral House, London, SE1
£770,000

Balmoral House, London, SE1

Clifton Place, W2
£750,000

Clifton Place, W2

Granary House, London, SE16
£750,000

Granary House, London, SE16

Porchester Place, W2
£725,000

Porchester Place, W2

The Water Gardens, W2
£700,000

The Water Gardens, W2

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £700,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£700,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£690,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£650,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

St. Anns Villas, W11
£650,000

St. Anns Villas, W11

Boss House, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £650,000

Boss House, London, SE1

Chimney Court, London, E1W
Guide Price £630,000

Chimney Court, London, E1W

The Triangle, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £625,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
£625,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

Westbourne Street, London, W2
£625,000

Westbourne Street, London, W2

Hermitage Waterside, London, E1W
£600,000

Hermitage Waterside, London, E1W

Grange Road, London, SE1
Guide Price £600,000

Grange Road, London, SE1

The Porter Building, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £595,000

The Porter Building, London, SE16

Park West, W2
£590,000

Park West, W2

Butlers & Colonial Wharf, London, SE1
£585,000

Butlers & Colonial Wharf, London, SE1

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W
£575,000

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W

Tamarind Yard, E1W
£575,000

Tamarind Yard, E1W

Ashmore Road, W9
£570,000

Ashmore Road, W9

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£550,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

Tamarind Court, London, SE1
£550,000

Tamarind Court, London, SE1

Leigh Road, N5
Offers in excess of £550,000

Leigh Road, N5

Ann Street, N1
£550,000

Ann Street, N1

De Beauvoir Crescent, N1
Offers in excess of £550,000

De Beauvoir Crescent, N1

Porchester Place, W2
£550,000

Porchester Place, W2

The Water Gardens, W2
£549,500

The Water Gardens, W2

The Triangle, London, EC1V
£500,000

The Triangle, London, EC1V

Warley House, London, N1
Offers in excess of £500,000

Warley House, London, N1

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

Corio House, London, SE1

Forset Court, London, W2
£499,000

Forset Court, London, W2

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

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Seymour Street, W1H
£475,000

Seymour Street, W1H

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V
£450,000

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V

Westbere Road, NW2
Offers in excess of £450,000

Westbere Road, NW2

Old Theatre Court, London, SE1
£450,000

Old Theatre Court, London, SE1

Echo House, London, E14
£440,000

Echo House, London, E14

Park West, London, W2
£425,000

Park West, London, W2

Raleigh Mews, N1
Guide Price £425,000

Raleigh Mews, N1

New Atlas Wharf, London, E14
£425,000

New Atlas Wharf, London, E14

Porchester Place, W2
£400,000

Porchester Place, W2

New Caledonian Wharf, London, SE16
£350,000

New Caledonian Wharf, London, SE16

Forset Court, London, W2
£350,000

Forset Court, London, W2

Sussex Gardens, W2
£345,000

Sussex Gardens, W2

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

Edgware Road, W2

Upper Berkeley Street, W1H
£270,000

Upper Berkeley Street, W1H

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£250,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Edgware Road, W2
Offers in excess of £250,000

Edgware Road, W2

Curlew Street, London, SE1
£30,000

Curlew Street, London, SE1