London under Construction: Paddington

I went away to India for a couple of years, and look what happened to the area around Paddington station.

Bridge at West End Quay

There are new buildings everywhere, including-

  • West End Quay and Merchant Square (pictured above) at the terminus of the Paddington arm of the Grand Junction Canal;

  • Kingdom Street (pictured below),  named after the great railway engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel;

  •  and Sheldon Square, named after Sir Joseph Sheldon, a 17th century Lord Mayor of London.

    These are all new streets, but London taxi drivers should know them.  Here’s a picture of a prospective driver in Sheldon Square learning his routes for the taxi drivers’ test “The Knowledge”.

W2 Sheldon Square 2 - Version 3

I think the area has improved, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the rest of the work at the station itself, on Eastbourne Terrace and on Hermitage Street.

W2 Hermitage Street crop


However, if you are nostalgic for the old Paddington, maybe you will prefer these photos.

(These are part of the window display in Selfridges, promoting the new Paddington movie.)


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew says:

    I’ll certainly go with the old Paddington thank you. He is a movie star now?


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Yes, the film comes out in a few weeks. It’s a live action movie, with a CGI Paddington. Nicole Kidman plays a “Cruella de Vil” type taxidermist villain.


  2. Haha! Now.. come back to Bangalore after a couple years and check out the changes in this part o the world! 🙂 (Psss love the chess pic!)

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      You’re right; Bangalore does change quickly. I just wish the roads, water and electricity supply could keep up with the changes.

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      1. Heck I wish that for any place in India! Most of all the garbage disposal. 😉


  3. Holy cow! I lived in London in 2008-2008, Paddington was my station. It’s so different! I don’t know what happened to my Paddington bear.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Big changes. Even the A-Z was out of date.
      Did you leave your Paddington bear somewhere on your wanderings around the world? He’s going to struggle to find his marmalade sandwiches in India.


      1. Haha! I think he traveled from London to Mexico City and I think he stayed there.


  4. Oh man… been away for three years, and this just blows me away 😉


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      It was all new to me too. And I’m impressed.


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