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, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm
Distance from Paddington: 1 mile
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.
Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR
Standard opening times: Sunday - Thursday (10am - 5pm); Friday & Saturday (10am - 5pm)
Distance from Paddington: 1.1 miles
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.
221b Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6XE
Open every day from 9.30am - 6pm
Distance from Paddington: 1.2 miles
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.
Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN
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.
306 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TA
Hire a GoBoat. Enjoy a unique adventure on the London canals. Be the captain of your own boat, chart your own adventure, and choose your own crew. GoBoats can carry up to eight people, with no previous boating experience required. The boats are powered by electric engines, and designed to create a sociable atmosphere. Our boats serve as a breathing space in the city, and as a platform towards fun and cultural experiences that can be enjoyed by all. GoBoat is the perfect experience for any social occasion.
Merchant Square, Paddington, London, W2 1JZ