Six of the best... shops
Alfie’s Antique Market
13-25 Church Street, NW8 8DT
A visit to London’s largest indoor market is a perfect way to start exploring the Paddington area. Filled with beautiful antiques, Alfie’s has everything from vintage clothing to rustic furniture. Even if you just fancy browsing the goods, the friendly vendors will be happy to share their knowledge. With plenty of great bargains, you simply can’t afford to miss this wonderful art deco building.
14-minute walk from Paddington Central
10 Porchester Place, W2 2BS
This stylish clothing shop is one of London’s absolute gems. Specialising in second-hand vintage designer goods such as Dior, Ralph Lauren and Gucci, you’ll find high-end labels for a fraction of their normal price. Affordable and gorgeous, this place is a must for anyone in the market for something fancy. With new donations coming in all the time, you never know what you might find. Eric Clapton has been known to donate his old clothes here, so you could walk away with a star-studded item.
15-minute walk from Paddington Central
Lutyens & Rubinstein
21 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU
Charming and quaint, this independent bookshop is a must for any literature lovers. L&R supply a wide range of books, from poetry collections to children’s classics, focusing on excellence in writing across many genres. Come and browse their extensive collection and soak up the cosy atmosphere. You can even stop for a coffee.
19-minute walk from Paddington Central
L'Artisan du Chocolat
81 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UL
In the mood for something sweet? Then this place has you covered, with its wide array of handmade delights. Known for its creative and eccentric flavours, which include mint mojito and summer berry cheesecake, this shop turns simple chocolate making into a work of art. Their hampers and boxed chocolates also make the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.
8-minute walk from Paddington Central
4 Clifton Road, W9 1SS
Standing out from the crowd with its bright green exterior, a trip to The Winery is absolutely essential for any wine enthusiast. With bottles of quality Malbec and Shiraz lining the walls, most of the wine here is bought from smaller producers, and cannot be found anywhere else in Britain. Take a lunch break out to pop in and pick up a bottle, and if you have the time, come back for one of their famous wine-tasting evenings.
11-minute walk from Paddington Central
Paddington Bear Shop
What trip to Paddington would be complete without a visit to the shop dedicated to its own furry little mascot? This delightful gift shop has Paddington Bear plastered on everything, from mugs to T-shirts. The only shop in the world devoted to everyone’s favourite bear, you won’t be able to resist coming in and buying souvenirs for friends and family… and yourself!
4-minute walk from Paddington Central