Having a Great Time in Paddington, W2
The area of Paddington is located within the City of Westminster, Central London. It is served by the W2 postcode.
Historically, the area was part of Middlesex. The parish had its southern and north-eastern borders formed by Roman roads. They served as toll roads for a large part of the 18th century. In the 19th century, one part of the district became known as Tyburnia. There was a plan that featured developing the area into a prosperous district, but plans were never fully realised.
The area is served by Paddington station. It operates commuter terminus services to the west part of the capital, such as to and from Swindon, Slough, Reading and Maidenhead. There are also mainline services to Southwest England, Oxford and South Wales.
The world-renowned Paddington bear is closely associated with Paddington station. This fictional character emigrated from Peru to England via this station. To commemorate him, there is a statue of the bear within the station. In addition to this statue, there is also one of the designer of the station, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
St Mary’s Hospital is a local landmark, founded in 1845. It is regarded as the place where Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. His laboratory has been restored and included in a museum showcasing his work.
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