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