Londoners may know it best as a transport hub – but whether you’re just killing time before a train or find yourself exploring the area between the handsome northern stretches of Hyde Park and the tempting waterways of Little Venice, there are gems to be discovered here.
The regeneration project of Paddington Basin feels somewhat in-progress, but it’s brought a range of new eateries and public spaces to the canal behind Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s massive station, including a floating park, fortnightly street food market Kerb, and a huge, seasonal pop-up restaurant, Pergola Paddington. You can even work up an appetite paddleboarding down the canal. Head east towards Oxford Street for Connaught Village, a chi-chi enclave of cafes and boutiques, while Edgware Road bustles with Middle Eastern restaurants and shisha bars.
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Royal Standard Cocktail Bar & Restaurant
With chilled out San Francisco vibes, this cocktail bar just around the corner from Paddington Station offers up two floors of chic space in which to grab a beverage and a bite to eat. There’s a good range of cocktails on offer, mostly for under a tenner, and a selection of craft beers. Check out the margaritas that come in an array of flavours such as kiwi and blueberry. Lunch and dinner are Mediterranean- and French-inspired – choose from charcuterie boards to steak while you settle down for the evening.