A little bit of history
Paddington is the birthplace of penicillin. Sir Alexander Fleming first isolated penicillin in St Mary's Hospital. It is also home to Isambard Kingdom Brunel's triumphant Grade 1 Listed London Paddington railway station and the Bishop's Bridge (also known as Paddington Bridge) Brunel's first iron bridge. Many of Paddington's homes were built in Victorian and Georgian times. You'll find particularly attractive examples in Queens Garden and Cleveland Square, as well as on Gloucester Terrace, as seen in Tom Hank's Da Vinci Code.
Need to know
Today we are witnessing history in the making in Paddington with the 13 project, 80 acre redevelopment of Paddington Basin into stunning shops, offices and homes.
As well as Sainsbury's Local, Tesco Metro and Marks and Spencer's, Queensway Market is open seven days a week. The Whiteley Shopping Centre, which was re-opened in 1989, is a stunning building with a wealth of independent boutique and high street names plus an abundance of restaurants, coffee shops and an Odeon cinema. And of course, in Paddington the shops of central London are just around the corner too.
MANY OF PADDINGTON'S HOMES WERE BUILT IN VICTORIAN AND GEORGIAN TIMES.