Paddington lies in the City of Westminster and is known for 3 important landmarks. The first is Paddington Station which is one of London’s important transport hubs for trains to the South West. It was designed by the renowned Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1847.
Your clever escort will love to discover some of its engineering feats as you glance up at its facade. Have some fun by looking for the statue of Brunel which is within the station but also look for a statue of the fictional children’s character Paddington Bear.
She will love to hear the story as to how the little bear got its name; apparently the writer Michael Bond adopted its name after finding a lonely looking toy bear in a shop and feeling sorry for it brought it back to his home next to Paddington Station.
If you decide to take your escort on a trip outside of London then this is the best station to leave London from as it offers trains to some of Britain’s beautiful countryside in Devon and Cornwall. If you want to go further afield and fly abroad with your escort to some intimate hideaway in the sun then you can start your journey here on the Heathrow Express only 15 minutes to the airport.
Paddington is also home to St Mary’s Hospital, one of the great teaching hospitals in London. The hospital is the site of many great medical break-throughs in the past – this is where Sir Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin- in fact your escort might be interested in visiting the Alexander Fleming laboratory which has been restored to its original condition.
This is also where Edward Wilson the physician on Captain Scott’s ill fated expedition to the South Pole had also practised as a doctor. She will be fascinated also to hear that this is where the royal princes William and Harry were born to Princess Diana.
Your escort might also find it interesting and just a little bit exciting that Paddington is also known for its high security police station at Paddington Green.
Your gorgeous escort will be enthralled when you tell her about Paddington’s long history which stretches back to the Roman days. Indeed Paddington has a number of original Roman roads on its boundaries including Watling Street later called Edgware Road and also the Uxbridge Road which subsequently became Bayswater. Both these roads were toll roads in the 1700s and key routes into London from the West and North of the country.
You should seek out the famous Grand Union Canal which was built in early 1800s and is a fascinating insight into Britain’s and London’s industrial revolution- even try to take your adventurous escort on a canal boat and glide through to Little Venice which is where there are two canal junctions and was reputedly named by the illustrious Victorian poet Robert Browning although other sources believe Lord Byron gave it its name.
You should then carry on down to Regents Park where you could have some fun at London Zoo, the world renowned zoo, home to some of the most exotic animals on the planet.