Paddington


Our local Paddington Pet Sitter is available for all types of pets including cats and dogs. She also covers the nearby areas of Bayswater, Mayfair and Kensington. Dog walking is ideal being so near to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

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Some information about Paddington

Paddington was formerly a metropolitan borough of London until it merged with Greater London and Westminster in 1965. “Padington” as it was originally known, was mentioned as early as 1056 as part of Middlesex. A historian in 1773 said that Paddington was one of London’s 46 villages.

The boundaries of Paddington date back to Roman roads – Watling Street that we now know as Edgeware Road and the Uxbridge Road that we now know as Bayswater Road. These boundaries developed into important toll roads in the eighteenth century and, by the start of the nineteenth century, it was traversed by the Harrow Road and part of the Grand Union Canal.

From the seventeenth century, Tyburn gallows were at where today is Marble Arch. The gallows were known as “Tyburn Tree” or “Triple Tree” which consisted of a wooden triangle supported on three legs, allowing several hangings at the same time. The tree stood in the middle of the road on the way into west London and was great reinforcement of the importance of law to those arriving. Executions took place here until the eighteenth century. The gallows are commemorated by three brass triangles in the middle of Edgeware Road.

Roman roads formed the parish’s north-eastern and southern boundaries from Marble Arch: Watling Street (later Edgware Road) and the Uxbridge Road, known in the 1860s as Bayswater Road. They were toll roads in the 1700s before and after the dismantling of the permanent Tyburn gallows “tree” at their junction in 1759. By 1800, the area was also traversed by the Harrow Road and an arm of the Grand Union Canal.

There are many things to interest people in the area:

  • Hyde Park

  • Paddington Station

  • St Mary’s Hospital

  • Paddington Green Police Station

Hyde Park is one of those wonderful places to lose yourself in the greenery, minutes from the busy London life. Also, of course, we have Kensington Gardens. There are miles of dog walks for you and your pooch, with interesting wildlife and animals all around, the dogs losing their squirrel chases and the lake wildlife to name a few. Be careful with your dog near the lakes and Serpentine as they have a tendency, without warning, to lurch after a duck or a swan. At best the pooch will get wet, but if you are holding onto the leash……

Paddington Station is an iconic landmark that was designed by the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was opened in 1847, though much of it was built around then up to 1854. In the station, there is a statue of Isambard Brunel. It was built on the old Great Western London terminus that dates back to 1838. The underground came in 1863 as the western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway , the world’s first. Today it still retains many of its original features, though modernised, and includes the Heathrow Express Service, the rapid train to Heathrow airport.

In Paddington Railway Station there is a statue of Paddington Bear, the most famous immigrant to arrive at Paddington. The polite bear was conceived by the author Michael Bond and brought to life by the illustrations of Peggy Fortnum. Paddington Bear came from darkest Peru and lives on marmalade sandwiches and cocoa.

It is worth visiting “Little Venice” in the North of Paddington. The origin of the name for this area by the canal is disputed. Whether it was from the local Victorian poet Robert Browning who lived here or by the other poet, Lord Byron, is unclear.

Various famous people have been born in Paddington, including the founder of the scouting movement, Robert Baden-Powell who was also the hero of the Siege of Mafeking.

The two royal princes William and Henry (“Harry”) were both born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. The hospital is famous for a number of great medical discoveries. Alexander Fleming isolated penicillin here and awarded a Nobel Prize for the work. It is well worth a visit to the Alexander Fleming Museum at the Hospital where you can see his restored laboratory and the history of penicillin. It was also at the hospital that Alder Wright synthesized heroin for the first time.

Paddington Green Police Station is often in the news as the high security police station for terrorists in London. High profile prisoners are held here for questioning and a bomb was set off nearby by the IRA in 1992, as a message to the British police.

Paddington Green TV series from the late 1990s and early 2000s was a docusoap television series that showed the life of interesting characters in the area, from the transsexual prostitute, Jackie, working in Sussex gardens to Danny, the bus conductor.

Edgeware Road that is on the eastern side of Paddington has wonderful middle eastern restaurants and cafes. Bayswater Road, to the south of Paddington, at the weekends has many artists selling their wares.

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