Tour the Regent’s Canal and discover amazing food
Paddington Central is the perfect starting point to explore London thanks to its location on the Regent’s Canal and handy proximity to Hyde Park. With a host of bike hire, safe storage and acclaimed outdoor eating and drinking spots, now’s the time to plan a day out on two wheels.
Hire a bike for the day
Borrow one of TfL’s Santander bikes from nearby Orsett Terrace, Clifton Gardens or Bishop’s Bridge Road East. Simply download TfL’s Santander Cycles app or go to any of the docking station terminals with your bank card and touch the screen to get started. There's no need to book, you simply hire a Santander Cycle, ride it, then return it to any docking station across London.
We’ve also got a Brompton Bike hire locker (head to 22 Sheldon Square W2 6DW) so you can wheel around on a design classic. Simply go to bromptonbikehire.com to register and hire a folding bike – it’s either an annual fee of £5 and £10 a day to hire or an annual fee of £20 and £5 a day to hire. You can find out which other bike lockers are open on the Brompton Bikes website. It’s perfect for folding and storing if you stop for a coffee or lunch and don’t have a lock.
Book outside for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Whether you need a pitstop before, after or during your cycle ride, Paddington Central restaurants and bars include Smith's Bar & Grill, Zizzi, Beany Green, Vagabond, Darcie & May Green, the Cheese Barge, Huckster (and their rather incredible Huckster Sun Terrace), Pergola, Vagabond, The Union and The Grand Duchess to name just a few.
The best bike routes from Paddington Central
Go east via the Regent’s Canal
One of the most famous and scenic bike routes across London is the Regent’s Canal starting at right here in Paddington Central right down to Limehouse Basin. Running through major landmarks including Regent’s Park, King’s Cross and Old Ford Lock, it’s an incredible way to see London cycling past narrowboats, beautiful houses and spring blossoms. You’ll also spot animals in the zoo, Camden Market and Victorian warehouses.
Go west from Paddington Central to Hayes
This easy route takes you first through the gorgeous backdrop of Little Venice then through Westbourne, Kensal Green, Harlesden and Alperton. You’ll then pass Northala Fields (featuring four artificial hills made out of the rubble from the old Wembley Stadium) and Southall before finishing at Hayes where the Paddington Arm joins with the main branch of the Grand Union Canal. Full of beautiful greenery and gentle backdrops, this is the perfect route to clear your head. Stop off for a quick rest then cycle back for lunch or dinner at one of Paddington Central’s welcoming bars, restaurants and cafes. You’ll deserve it.
Go south from Paddington Central to Hyde Park
Just seven minutes away by bike, wheel across Hyde Park and spot the Italian Gardens, Peter Pan Statue, the pirate ship in the playground and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Kensington Palace and the Serpentine. Take some seriously good food from one of Paddington Central’s cafes and bars including wagamama, Pret, Black Sheep Coffee, Starbucks and Tossed.
Keep your bike safe
There are a number of places to leave your bikes in and around the Paddington Central neighbourhood. You can see the cycle parking on our map. Happy cycling!
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