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For other places with the same name, see Paddington (disambiguation).
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Location
OS grid reference:TQ267814
Latitude: 51.51725091692744°
Longitude: -0.17303220316706436°
Administration
London borough: Westminster
County level: Greater London
Region: London
Constituent country:England
Sovereign state:United Kingdom
Other
Ceremonial county: Greater London
Historic county: Middlesex
Services
Police force: Metropolitan Police
Fire brigade: London Fire Brigade
Ambulance service: London Ambulance
Post office and telephone
Post town: LONDON
Postal district: W2
Dialling code:020
Politics
UK Parliament: Cities of London and Westminster
London Assembly: West Central
European Parliament: London
London | List of places in London
Image:Paddington Street.jpg
A street in Paddington including a pub, a restaurant targeted at tourists and Paddington Station in the background.

Paddington is in the City of Westminster, London, England, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) west-north-west of Charing Cross.

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[edit] Meaning of place-name

Paddington means 'estate associated with a man called Padda', from the Old English personal name Padda + ing- + tun, ing- meaning '(place) of' and tun (farm, estate). The name was recorded as Padington in 1056.

Pada is an Old English version of the first name Patrick.

[edit] Places of note

Important places in Paddington include Paddington station, St Mary's Hospital (and nurse-training centre) and Paddington Green police station (high-security police station). The IRA bombed the telephone box outside the police station one morning in 1991 as a demonstration to the British security services.

The Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal to Birmingham terminates at Paddington Basin.

[edit] Famous people

Paddington has several famous sons, notably Alexander Fleming, the scientist who discovered penicillin (a plaque commemorating this is placed outside his laboratory at St Mary's Hospital on Praed Street); and Alan Turing, the mathematician (there is a plaque on the hotel where he was born, The Colonnade in Warrington Crescent). More recent natives of Paddington include the musicians Seal, Courtney Pine and Elvis Costello, the footballer Les Ferdinand the actresses Emma Thompson and Rhona Mitra.

An early nineteenth century political rhyme comparing the stature of two politicians goes "London is to Paddington as Pitt is to Addington".

[edit] Paddington station

Main article: Paddington station

Paddington has a main-line railway station, Paddington station, with commuter service to the west of London (e.g. Slough, Maidenhead, Reading, Swindon) and main-line service to Oxford, Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Cornwall and South Wales (including Cardiff and Swansea). There is also the Heathrow Express service to Heathrow Airport.

In the station there is a statue of Paddington Bear, a character in children's fiction who, in the book, is discovered at this station and hence named after it.

[edit] See also


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