A Guide to London’s Norfolk Square Gardens

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Amid the hustle and bustle of the Paddington area of Central London, Norfolk Square Gardens are an oasis of calm, providing a space of tranquillity for local residents, office workers and tourists alike.

The gardens are set in a traditional London square, surrounded by hotels and private residences and within just a few metres of Paddington Station. As well as formal lawns, the gardens also feature floral displays and ornamental shrubs. Additionally, the public space also plays host to regular concerts and special events, especially during the summer months.

Car parking near Norfolk Square Gardens

Limited parking spaces are available in Norfolk Square itself. Note, however, that drivers need to pay to park here and, importantly, different rules apply to different sides of the square. What’s more, the parking attendants in this part of Westminster are notoriously strict, so checking the rules and following them is essential in order to avoid a fine.

For short-term parking, then there are plenty of spaces to be found at Paddington railway station, just a two-minute walk from Norfolk Square Gardens. However, spaces here are charged per the hour, making longer stays very expensive and impractical.

Longer-term parking solutions within walking distance of the public square include Q-Park, just off Bayswater Road, the Porchester Road Car Park, which is around ten minutes away by foot, and the NCP Queensway.

Guests staying in hotels on Norfolk Square itself may be able to get a special deal on local parking, though this depends on the individual establishment.

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Local Tube stations

Norfolk Square Gardens is well-served by good public transport connections. The nearest London Underground stations to the gardens are:

  • Paddington (300 metres away): Served by the Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith and City lines
  • Lancaster Gate (700 metres): Served by the Central Line
  • Edgware Road: (800 metres): Served by the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and Bakerloo lines

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Hotels near Norfolk Square

Park Grand London Paddington Hotel
6 min (0.7 mi) via Sussex Gardens/A4209 by Car

Park Grand Paddington Court London Hotel
5 min (0.5 mi) via Sussex Gardens/A4209 by Car

Park Grand London Hyde Park Hotel
4 min (0.6 mi) via Sussex Gardens/A4209 and Westbourne Terrace by Car

Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel
5 min (0.6 mi) via Sussex Gardens/A4209 by Car

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Entertainment near Norfolk Square

Norfolk Square Gardens are well-situated for exploring many of London’s top sites and tourist attractions, with a number of entertainment options within a short distance of the square itself. Nearby entertainment includes:

  • Hyde Park: Central London’s biggest green space is just a short three-minute walk from Norfolk Square Gardens. One of the capital’s Royal Parks, Hyde Park has everything from vast open spaces through to ornamental gardens, fountains and a large boating lake. A number of cafes can also be found in the park itself, and other attractions include the famous Speaker’s Corner, where orators of all persuasions struggle to attract an audience and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.
  • Kensington Palace: Right next to Hyde Park is Kensington Palace Gardens, within which is set the magnificent Kensington Palace. Dating back to the 17th century, the palace has been home to many of the most-loved Royals, most notably Prince Charles and Princess Diana when they were a married couple and, currently, to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Certain parts of Kensington Palace are open to the public, including the old state apartments of William and Mary, plus the palace is also home to a museum of royal memorabilia and regalia from centuries past. Walking through Kensington Gardens to get to the palace from Norfolk Square takes around 20 minutes.
  • Notting Hill: The complete opposite of the tranquillity and orderliness of Kensington Palace Gardens, Notting Hill is home to one of London’s liveliest street markets. Made famous by the film of the same name, it attracts hordes of tourists, though has retained its original charm. As well as the celebrated antiques market, Notting Hill also boasts lots of traditional English pubs, world-class restaurants, chic bars, live music venues and independent nightclubs. Regular buses run along Bayswater Road to the heart of Notting Hill, or else walking there from Norfolk Square takes only around 20 minutes.
  • Little Venice: Behind Paddington Station, and just a short stroll from Norfolk Square Gardens, the Regent’s and the Grand Union canals meet. The picturesque area is known as ‘Little Venice’ and is popular with visitors keen to see a slower side to the city. As well as pleasant canal-side walks, the area also offers some traditional English pubs, excellent restaurants and even a floating children’s theatre.

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