Paddington is an area of west London in the City of Westminster, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) north-west of Charing Cross.
Important places in Paddington include Paddington station, St Mary's Hospital (and nurse-training centre) and Paddington Green police station (high-security police station). The IRA bombed the telephone box outside the police station one morning in 1991 as a demonstration to the British security services.
The Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal to Birmingham terminates at Paddington Basin.
Paddington has a main-line railway station, Paddington station, with commuter service to the west of London (e.g. Slough, Maidenhead, Reading, Swindon) and main-line service to Oxford, Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Cornwall and South Wales (including Cardiff and Swansea). There is also the Heathrow Express service to Heathrow Airport.
In the station there is a statue of Paddington Bear, a character in children's fiction who, in the book, is discovered at this station and hence named after it.
Bayswater, Hyde Park, Queensway, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Green, Little Venice are all near Paddington London W2.
London is served by five international airports with good public transport links to all areas of London. Flying into London, you'll arrive at one of the capital's five international airports : Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton or City Airport. All London International airports are easily accessible from Paddington.