As Paddington’s Business Improvement District, we welcome the increasing recognition of Paddington as an area for investment. We also welcome the arrival of a public exhibition this week of the Great Western Developments proposals for a Renzo Piano designed, transformative development breathing new life into 31 London Street, the former Royal Mail Sorting Office, adjacent to Paddington Station.
Paddington is already undertaking a journey of progress, with international firms such as Virgin and Adam&Eve DDB setting up headquarters here having cottoned on early to the potential that Paddington offers. Luxury furniture retailer Heals recently relocated its flagship store to nearby Westbourne Grove.
This month we welcomed Kioskafé, a newsstand and coffee bar created by the founders of global media brand Monocle, situated opposite famous journalists’ club Frontline, who’s founder Vaughan Smith was last week appointed as Chairman of PaddingtonNow. Vaughan first invested in Paddington fifteen years ago and he is as enthusiastic today about the potential of the area.
Vaughan says: “Having travelled the world over, you realise how well respected Paddington is becoming as a place to do business. We have a growing media cluster choosing Paddington as home, and this is no coincidence, with unrivalled transport links, a working environment second to none and breath-taking amenity, including Paddington Basin, Little Venice, delightful contrasting garden squares and Hyde Park. I look forward to working closely with all of our businesses and wider stakeholders to enable us to fulfil Paddington’s potential.”
With the support of local businesses, residents and other stakeholders, we are lifting the lid on the attributes that make Paddington a great place, many of which have been overlooked until recent years.