The Paddington area is situated within the City of Westminster, and is about as central in London as it gets. Offering more affordable accommodation, visitors to the area will have a great deal to see by day in terms of the usual tourist sights, but there is also a great deal of nightlife to be enjoyed if you know where it is.
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Restaurants in Paddington
It is possible to sample cuisine from all around the world in the restaurants in Paddington. Desejo Do Brazil at 168 Sussex Gardens serves meats cooked and presented in a unique Brazilian style, and people often comment on the friendly service and good value for money a meal there provides. Greek food is represented by Kolossi restaurant on London Road close by to Paddington station, and there are at least half a dozen Indian curry houses to be found in the vicinity.
Pubs and Bars in Paddington
Paddington is a great area to enjoy a few drinks in some traditional looking British pubs. Fancy a pint of real ale? Then perhaps the Dickens on London Street or The Victoria on Strathearn Place might appeal. They are both pubs steeped with history, and serve a range of beers and food throughout the day and night. The Pride of Paddington is another watering hole worthy of a visit, and there are even rooms above for those wishing to stay in a bed and breakfast above a pub. Some of the larger hotels in the area may also have bars, and for those seeking a more happening area to drink, Mayfair is just around the corner.
Clubs in Paddington
Whilst the Paddington area has some great pubs and bars, it is not really the sort of area to head for in regards to clubbing. In fact, most people do it the opposite way around, by having a few drinks in Paddington first, and then heading to other areas of the city at closing time. Shoreditch and Soho might be good areas to head for if ambient clubs are more your scene, and there is a convenient direct bus service right into Brixton. Mayfair is of course only a short walk away, and the club life here is nothing short of legendary. You might even meet a celebrity or two if you end up in the right place!
Other Entertainment in Paddington
Again, for other entertainment at night, it is best to head to other areas of the city rather than stay in Paddington. The West End is within easy reach, and is obviously well known for its plays, musicals, theatres and cinemas. The more popular shows may need tickets reserving some weeks in advance. A choice that escapes most people radars though, is The Cockpit, which is a fringe theatre in Marylebone. This intimate theatre hosts anything from small jazz concerts through to cutting edge political satires. Anyone looking to get under the surface of ‘regular’ London nightlife would be well advised to see if anything interesting is going on there first.