As one of the most popular places in the world, it’s no surprise that London has been home to some of the biggest names in history. From kings and queens to actors and singers, the city has been a place where many famous faces have hung their hats.
Paddington, in particular, has been home to a countless iconic people, many of whom lived right around the corner from the Grand Royale Hyde Park. We pride ourselves on being part of a vibrant community and a few nights at one of our 4 star hotels London is the perfect way for you to experience it. We’ve put together a list of the famous faces that have called Paddington home so you can learn more about the rich history of the area.
Most will know this young actress as the know-it-all witch from the iconic Harry Potter film series. But when she isn’t brandishing her wand and mixing potions, Emma Thompson can be spotted in the local cafes and restaurants of Paddington enjoying her life as a muggle. Since the end of her role as Hermione Granger, Thompson has gained critical acclaim for her roles in various films including The Circle, in which she played a success-hungry programmer in the midst of a global technological conspiracy.
St Mary’s Hospital
Although none of the doctors actually lived at St Mary’s, this famous hospital was the workplace of numerous famous physicians. It was also the location of countless ground-breaking discoveries including the isolation of penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming, for which he won a Nobel Prize. This was such a prolific discovery that the hospital opened up a museum in memory of Fleming’s achievements. Today this museum is still open to the public so be sure to head over during your stay at the Grand Royale Hyde Park.
Any fans of music will be familiar with this iconic singer, songwriter and music producer. Born as Declan Patrick MacManus, the iconic rock star was raised by his Irish parents and grew up playing on the streets of Paddington and Twickenham. He started out his career on the pub and bar scene and it wasn’t until the late 70s when he hit success with the release of his first debut solo album. A change of name and countless award-winning albums later, Elvis Costello has become one of the most prominent artists of the century thanks to his unique voice and quirky style.
Edward Wilson may not be a name that a lot of people are familiar with but this brave explorer was known for playing an important role in the Terra Nova Expedition, which was one of the first exploratory journeys into the Antarctic. Unfortunately, a series of tragic events lead to Wilson’s death on the expedition but before that he lived in Paddington where he practised as a doctor at St Mary’s.