Decisions, decisions: Paddington or King’s Cross? Where should I stay?

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Visitors to London can often find it difficult to decide upon the best place to base themselves in order to make seeing the myriad sights of the English capital that much easier.

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When it comes to differentiating between a stay at a top Park Grand London Paddington hotel or an equally fine establishment in nearby King’s Cross, visitors might struggle to make up their mind. However, here we hope to offer a few suggestions that could help individuals to do just that.

Both areas offer outstanding local attractions and are easy to get to, meaning there really is no right answer in terms of one area being ‘better’ than the other. Hopefully this quick guide will shed some light on the problem though.

Easy journeys to Paddington

Offering excellent connections both internally and to the rest of the city, Paddington has many Underground stations that can be used by visitors to the area, including:

  • Paddington Underground (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines)
  • Lancaster Gate (Central line)
  • Marble Arch Underground (Central line)
  • Edgware Road (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo lines)
  • Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line)
  • Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines)
  • Bayswater (Circle and District lines)
  • Queensway (Central line)

Travellers can also head to the nearby overground rail stations of Paddington and Marylebone, while local bus services operate around the clock.

Fantastic travel options for King’s Cross

Visitors planning journeys in the King’s Cross area can enjoy equally-easy travel via the abundant number of Underground stations that are dotted around the area, including:

  • King’s Cross St Pancras London Underground (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
  • Euston (Northern and Victoria lines)
  • Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
  • Mornington Crescent (Northern line)
  • Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
  • Angel (Northern line)
  • Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines)

In addition, visitors can make use of overground rail services from the nearby stations of King’s Cross, St Pancras International and London Euston. Full details on all nearby bus services (this is true for Paddington services as well) can also be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.

Great attractions near Paddington

Nestled in the heart of the City of Westminster, Paddington provides a fantastic variety of attractions for travellers to the area to explore, meaning guests will be hard-pressed to be at a loose end. Some suggested activities include trips to:

  • Alexander Fleming Laboratory (0.1 miles, two minutes’ travel time on foot from central Paddington)
  • Oxford Square (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
  • Tyburn Convent (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Rembrandt Gardens (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
  • Hyde Park (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
  • Kensington Palace (one mile, 19 minutes)
  • Serpentine Gallery (0.9 miles, 19 minutes)
  • Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (one mile, 19 minutes)

Excellent sights to see near King’s Cross

Meanwhile, King’s Cross too prides itself in offering something for everyone in terms of great sights to see and places to visit, with some of the standout attractions of the area including:

  • The Foundling Museum (0.6 miles, 11 minutes’ travel time on foot from central King’s Cross)
  • Charles Dickens Museum (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
  • London Canal Museum (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
  • Wellcome Collection (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
  • Grant Museum of Zoology (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
  • The British Museum (one mile, 20 minutes)
  • The Cochrane Theatre (0.9 miles, 19 minutes)
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum (1.2 miles, 25 minutes)

Exemplary hotels in both locations

Visitors to both Paddington and King’s Cross can be assured they will stay in some of the finest hotels in the English capital when booking a stay in either area. All modern amenities are available for visitors to the area, with great rates to be found as well.

Some suggestions for excellent places to stay for visitors to each area include:

The Montcalm at The Brewery London

London City Suites by Montcalm

Park Grand London Hyde Park and many more besides.

Where’s best then?

Ultimately, visitors to both Paddington and King’s Cross are met with a wealth of fantastic things to do, places to visit and attractions to explore, meaning really it is simply a matter of personal preference and making a decision and sticking with it.

Remember also that no-one says you have to stay in one place for your whole time in the English capital, so visitors should feel free to head out and travel to as many parts of the city as take their fancy.

In the end, nearly every area of London offers fantastic opportunities to have a great time, so it is up to visitors themselves to plan out their stay and make as much of their time in the city as they possibly can.