Take advantage of our top recommendations for things to do in and around Paddington – whether you’ve got a few hours or a few days to enjoy at your leisure.      

Art and architecture at the Serpentine Gallery

Located in the stunningly serene surroundings of Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery was built in 1970 to celebrate the world’s greatest emerging and established contemporary art and architecture. Be inspired before grabbing a post-culture bite at the equally stunning Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, serving tasty meals overlooking the famous Serpentine Lake.

Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm
Distance from Paddington: 1 mile

Celebrity spotting at Madame Tussauds

Whether you’re snapping a selfie with your favourite Hollywood icons, hanging backstage with pop superstars, or rubbing shoulders with the world’s most powerful leaders, Madame Tussauds’ collection of lifelike models promises to leave you star struck on the streets of NW1. 

Madame Tussauds

Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR
Standard opening times: Sunday - Thursday (10am - 5pm); Friday & Saturday (10am - 5pm)
Distance from Paddington: 1.1 miles

Crime solving at the Sherlock Holmes Museum

Travel back in time to the scene of Sherlock’s most famous crime-solving stories at his legendary address of 221B Baker Street. Teeming with murder weapons from famed novels, iconic Victorian ornaments and letters from fans around the world, the Sherlock Holmes Museum represents a fitting celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s finest work.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

221b Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6XE
Open every day from 9.30am - 6pm
Distance from Paddington: 1.2 miles

Cricket history lessons at Lord’s

Go behind the scenes with a tour of the self-proclaimed ‘home of cricket’ and follow in the footsteps of some of the game’s greatest ever. Covering 400 years of cricket history, explore the ground’s famed Long Room (dubbed by Harold Pinter to be ‘the greatest room in the world’), set your sights on the diminutive Ashes Urn and discover bats, balls and kit donated by the likes of Shane Warne, WG Grace and Jack Hobbs.

Lords Cricket ground

Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN
Open week days from 9am - 5pm
Distance from Paddington: 1.3 miles

Antique shopping at Portobello Market

The world’s best-known street market has earned a well-deserved reputation as the go-to destination for quality antique and bric-a-brac stalls, but delve a little deeper and you’ll also discover a superb selection of fashion, food, crafts, books and music. If you’re not ready to brave the crowds, it might worth avoiding the Saturday and Sunday onslaught of tourists and bargain hunters.  

Portobello Market

306 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TA
Open Sat from 8.30am onwards
Distance from Paddington: 2.0 miles


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Merchant Square, Paddington, London, W2 1JZ