Why Paddington and Edgware Road – (W2)
Well-known for excellent transport links, Middle Eastern influences and an association with a fictional bear, Paddington and Edgware Road are inviting areas to reside in, which sometimes go under the radar.
Situated very centrally, Paddington and Edgware Road borderHyde Park to the south and are flanked by upmarket neighbourhoods Notting Hillto the west and Marylebone to the east.
The areas provide a rich mix of cultures and heritage,playing host to the traditional Connaught Square, known as a place of residence for Tony Blair, while Edgware Road is often referred to as Little Cairo due to its prominent Middle Eastern vibe.
Paddington itself has seen much regeneration in recent years, most notably at the Paddington Basin, which has attracted a range of trendy eateries and cafes and prompted the opening of popular open-air bar ssuch as Pergola.
If you look hard enough, you'll still find some white-stucco terraces and townhouses dotted around, although houses like these won't come cheap.
Edgware Road, which is long and straight, was in fact the location of Britain's first Indian restaurant in 1810 but, as mentioned, it’snow perhaps best known for its Middle Eastern influence from afternoon shisha to late night Shawarma.
When it comes to housing, the area is equally as interesting. It's long been popular with students and young professionals who enjoy its traditional terraces which have been converted into more affordable flats.
There are plenty of new developments around the Paddington Basin, with international renters particularly keen to take up residence in the flats and apartments here.
Prices in Paddington and Edgware Road are varied - houses are likely to set you back around £1 million, while you can pick up one-bed flats closer to Edgware Road for between £500,000-£750,000. Due to its central location and fantastic amenities, average monthly rents here are understandably high, ranging from £1,750 to £5,000.
“Paddington and Edgware Road are vibrant locations with an eclectic range of housing options. Their central location and unbeatable transport links make them ashrewd choice of residence.”
Arguably the area’s best-known landmark, Paddington Station has National Rail services to Reading, South West England and Wales, as well as London Underground services on the Circle, District and Hammersmith & CityLines.
Edgware Road station is on the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City Lines, while Lancaster Gate (Central Line), WarwickAvenue (Bakerloo Line) and Bayswater (Circle and District Lines) are also close by.
If the Paddington and Edgware Road area wasn’t already connected enough, it is set to benefit from Crossrail’s soon-to-launch Elizabeth Line which will provide further high-speed connections to Heathrow,Reading and a range of eastern locations.
Visit the Paddington Bear statue for a trip down memory lane. If that’s not enough nostalgia,there’s also a Paddington Bear gift shop nearby.
Take a stroll around the Paddington Basin and continue through to glorious Little Venice with all its quirky houseboats and inviting pubs.
Delight your taste buds at Maroush 21, the original branch of what has now become a popular London chain.One of the best Middle Eastern restaurants you’ll find, with fascinating decorto boot.