The statue of Paddington Bear by Marcus Cornish at Paddington station

This is a list of public artworks in the former Metropolitan Borough of Paddington in London, now a part of the City of Westminster.


Main article: Bayswater

Bayswater is a largely residential district north-west of Charing Cross, bordering with the northern end of Kensington Gardens. Its essential character is now defined by the stuccoed terraces erected from 1827 onwards, which spread in a westerly direction over the course of the 19th century.[1]

Image Title / subject Location and
Date Artist / designer Architect / other Type Designation Notes
Eagle Orme Square

51°30′37″N 0°11′23″W / 51.5103°N 0.1897°W / 51.5103; -0.1897 (Eagle)
1814 ? ? Sculpture on pillar The square is named after Edward Orme, a Bond Street print seller, who also sold two ship-loads of building gravel to Tsar Alexander I of Russia, when he visited London in 1814, and Orme built the square in the same year. The eagle dates from then. Its meaning is a mystery; it is not the eagle from the Orme family crest, and has only one head, so is definitely not the Russian imperial eagle.[2]
Drinking fountain Bayswater Road, opposite Elms Mews

51°30′41″N 0°10′36″W / 51.5114°N 0.1766°W / 51.5114; -0.1766 (Drinking fountain)
1872 ? Drinking fountain Grade II [3]
War memorial St John's Church, Hyde Park Crescent

51°30′41″N 0°10′48″W / 51.5115°N 0.1801°W / 51.5115; -0.1801 (St John's, Hyde Park Crescent War memorial)
after 1919 ? Cross Grade II Commemorates parishioners who died in World War I.[4]

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Lancaster Gate Memorial Cross

Statues of Saints George, Louis, Maurice, Longinus, Adrian, Florian and Eustace

Lancaster Gate

51°30′41″N 0°10′48″W / 51.5115°N 0.1801°W / 51.5115; -0.1801 (Memorial Cross)
1921 Laurence Arthur Turner Walter Tapper Memorial Grade II Unveiled 27 March 1921. Commemorates residents of the Metropolitan Borough of Paddington who gave their lives in World War I. Severely damaged in the Great Storm of 1987. Re-erected on present site on 11 November 2002.[5]

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Memorial to Reginald Brabazon, 12th Earl of Meath Lancaster Gate

51°30′40″N 0°10′48″W / 51.5112°N 0.1800°W / 51.5112; -0.1800 (Meath Memorial)
1934 Joseph Hermon Cawthra Memorial Grade II Unveiled 24 May 1934.[6] The inscription on the east face reads, "One King, One Empire, Empire Day"; that on the north, "To him the British Empire was a goodly heritage to be fashioned unto a city of God!"[7]
Coronation of the Virgin Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Queensway

51°30′42″N 0°11′14″W / 51.5118°N 0.1873°W / 51.5118; -0.1873 (Coronation of the Virgin)
mid–late 20th century[8] ? ? Mosaic Grade II Donated by Mrs Catherine Weston. Built as the United Methodist Free Church, the church was converted to Catholic use in 1954.[9]
Tempesta The Lancasters, Bayswater Road

51°30′39″N 0°10′55″W / 51.5108°N 0.1819°W / 51.5108; -0.1819 (Tempesta)
2012 (unveiled) Helaine Blumenfeld Sculpture Unveiled 2 May 2012. Carved from Carrara marble at Studio Sem in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, the work stands at 4m high.[10]
Bust of Skanderbeg Lady Samuel's Garden, Inverness Terrace

51°30′50″N 0°11′13″W / 51.5139°N 0.1869°W / 51.5139; -0.1869 (Skanderbeg)
2012 Kreshuik Xhiku Bust Unveiled 28 November 2012. Marks the centenary of Albanian independence.[11][12]

Maida Vale

Main article: Maida Vale

Maida Vale is an area of residential terraces and mansion blocks, defined at its southern end by the Regent's and Grand Union Canals.[13]

Image Title / subject Location and
Date Artist / designer Architect / other Type Designation Notes
Memorial cross St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace

51°31′54″N 0°10′57″W / 51.5318°N 0.1824°W / 51.5318; -0.1824 (War memorial)
after 1918 ? ? War memorial Grade II Commemorates parishioners who died in World War I.[14]

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Two Doves Warwick Crescent 1965 William Mitchell / Malcolm Thackwray Malcolm Thackwray Relief concrete sculpture Adjacent plaque reads IN MEMORY OF ROBERT BROWNING/ TWO DOVES/ SYMBOLISING/ PEACE LOVE AND LEARNING.[15][16]
System No. 12 4 Maida Vale

51°31′35″N 0°10′43″W / 51.5263°N 0.1786°W / 51.5263; -0.1786 (System No. 12)
2006 Julian Wild EDCO Design[17] Sculpture A commission by the property developers Crest Nicholson.[18]
Mural Westminster Drug Project, Harrow Road

51°31′26″N 0°12′01″W / 51.5237723°N 0.2002255°W / 51.5237723; -0.2002255 (Mural)
2009 "Bleach", "Busk" and "Zadok" (from the Elsewhere Collective) Mural [19]


Main article: Paddington

Paddington is the area west of Marylebone, in the postal district W2. Much of the recent public art in the area is connected to the Paddington Waterside developments.

Image Title / subject Location and
Date Artist / designer Architect / other Type Designation Notes
Peace, Plenty, Science and Industry Hilton London Paddington, Praed Street 1854 John Thomas Philip Charles Hardwick Architectural sculpture Grade II [20]

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Statue of Sarah Siddons Paddington Green

51°31′13″N 0°10′27″W / 51.5203°N 0.1741°W / 51.5203; -0.1741 (Sarah Siddons)
1897 Léon-Joseph Chavalliaud Statue Grade II Unveiled 14 June 1897 by Henry Irving.[21] Modelled after Sir Joshua Reynolds’s portrait Mrs Siddons as the Tragic Muse (1783), now in the Huntington Library in California. Siddons attended St Mary's Church on the Green and is buried in the churchyard, near her statue.[22]
War memorial St Mary Magdalene's Church, Rowington Close

51°31′20″N 0°11′20″W / 51.5223°N 0.1888°W / 51.5223; -0.1888 (War memorial)
after 1918 Martin Travers ? Crucifix [23]

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Great Western Railway War Memorial Facing Platform 1, Paddington station

51°31′02″N 0°10′42″W / 51.5171°N 0.1782°W / 51.5171; -0.1782 (Great Western Railway War Memorial)
1922 Charles Sargeant Jagger Thomas S. Tait Stone screen with statue Grade I Unveiled 11 November 1922 (Armistice Day) by Viscount Churchill.[24] The figure of a soldier stands reading a letter from home in front of a panel of black marble, suggesting the entrance to a trench dugout.[25]
World War II Memorial Gates Norfolk Place, between St Mary's Hospital and medical school

51°31′02″N 0°10′23″W / 51.5171°N 0.1730°W / 51.5171; -0.1730 (World War II Memorial Gates)
1950 (unveiled) Charles Wheeler Wrought iron gates Unveiled 20 July 1950.[26]
Paddington Boy Scouts Memorial Paddington Recreation Ground

51°31′45″N 0°11′27″W / 51.5291°N 0.1909°W / 51.5291; -0.1909 (Paddington and St Marylebone Boy Scouts Memorial)
1952 (unveiled) ? War memorial Commemorates the Boy Scouts of Paddington killed in World War II. The symbol of a circle with a dot in the centre is a sign used by Scouts meaning "gone home".[27]
Mural Paddington Green Police Station 1971 John Innes Elliott Mural [28]
Murals Westway flyover, near Royal Oak tube station

51°31′11″N 0°11′26″W / 51.5197°N 0.1905°W / 51.5197; -0.1905 (Murals)
1976–1977 Public Art Workshop (Desmond Rochford and David Savage)[29] Murals Dedicated "to the working people of Paddington",[30] these were, at the time of their completion, the largest exterior murals in England.[31] A critic for the Observer noted shortly after their completion that "a large dose of social realism has done wonders for the grey desert of Royal Oak".[30]

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Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Paddington station 1982 John Doubleday Statue Unveiled 26 May 1982. One of two statues of Brunel commissioned by the Bristol & West building society; its companion, a standing figure, was unveiled in Bristol the same day.[32] Originally stood on the main concourse at the entrance to the Underground; relocated in 1998.[22]
Tile motifs Paddington station 1984–1987 David Hamilton ? Overprinted industrial ceramic tiles The scheme reproduces patent drawings for Marc Isambard Brunel's early tunnelling shield for the Thames Tunnel, a precursor to those used for the London Underground.[33]
The Messenger, or Getting Back on the Right Foot In front of St Mary’s Hospital, South Wharf Road

51°31′04″N 0°10′27″W / 51.5177°N 0.1742°W / 51.5177; -0.1742 (The Messenger)
1993 Allan Sly Statue [34][35]

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Walking Man and Standing Man Paddington Central

51°31′12″N 0°10′48″W / 51.5199°N 0.1800°W / 51.5199; -0.1800 (Walking Man and Standing Man)
1998 and 2000 Sean Henry Statues [36]

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Statue of Paddington Bear Paddington station 2000 Marcus Cornish Statue Unveiled 24 February 2000 by Michael Bond, the character's creator.[37] Represents his first appearance in A Bear Called Paddington (1958), sitting on a battered suitcase with a label round his neck reading "Please look after this bear. Thank you."[22]
The Family Sheldon Square, Paddington Central

51°31′10″N 0°10′49″W / 51.5195°N 0.1803°W / 51.5195; -0.1803 (The Family)
2001 Jon Buck Sculptural group Another cast is situated at Milton Keynes General Hospital.[36][38]
Untitled (Yellow) One Kingdom Street, Paddington Central

51°31′09″N 0°10′54″W / 51.5192°N 0.1818°W / 51.5192; -0.1818 (Untitled (Yellow))
2001 Stephen Gontarski Sculpture Made of glass fibre painted bright yellow and lacquered, the sculpture is intended to invite a "corporeal reception by the public" and to "create a heart in the midst of an urban setting."[39]
Lock, Level, Line West End Quay, Paddington Basin

51°31′07″N 0°10′17″W / 51.5185°N 0.1715°W / 51.5185; -0.1715 (Lock, Level, Line)
2004 Danny Lane Sculptures The work consists of four towers made from stacked corten steel and layered glass, which are intended to reflect the changing levels of water in the lock.[40]
Clove 2007 Cleveland Terrace

51°31′03″N 0°10′48″W / 51.5174°N 0.1800°W / 51.5174; -0.1800 (Clove 2007)
2007 Bryan Kneale Sculpture [41]
Billy Bob & Mishke Paddington Central

51°31′09″N 0°10′58″W / 51.5192°N 0.1829°W / 51.5192; -0.1829 (BillyBob & Mishke)
2008 Gary Webb Sculpture Pendant sculptures, located in water features at the extreme edge of the Paddington Central development, of metal frameworks which support "blobs" of steel, painted in bright colours.[36][39]
Europea 1 and Europea 2 Paddington Central

51°31′09″N 0°10′52″W / 51.5191°N 0.1810°W / 51.5191; -0.1810 (Europea 1 or 2)
2008 John Aiken Sculptures Twin sculptures fashioned from Portuguese silver-grey granite with coloured enamel panels attached.[36][39]
Panels Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital

51°31′03″N 0°10′28″W / 51.5175°N 0.1744°W / 51.5175; -0.1744 (Panels)
2012[42] Julian Opie Panels Opie wished to go against the general trend of artworks in hospitals by producing works with the aim "not to calm but rather to enliven".[43]
Mary Seacole, Alan Turing and Michael Bond (pictured) St Mary's Square

51°31′13″N 0°10′36″W / 51.5203°N 0.1768°W / 51.5203; -0.1768 (Mary Seacole, Alan Turing and Michael Bond)
2013 ? Statues Three two-dimensional steel statues of notable people who lived in Paddington, as voted for by local residents. From the Portrait Bench series of similar sculptures, commissioned by the charity Sustrans to stand along new cycling routes.[44]
Bearing Up Sheldon Square, Paddington Central 2014 ? Statue Originally part of the Paddington Trail, which marked the release of the film Paddington. The blue colour represents the nearby Grand Union Canal.[45]
Brick Bear Merchant Square, Paddington Basin 2014 Robin Partington and Partners Statue Also from the Paddington Trail, the statue is decorated all over with a pattern of London stock bricks, suggested by the architects of the surrounding development.[45]
Statue of Simon Milton Merchant Square, Paddington Basin 2014 Bruce Denny Statue Unveiled 11 September 2014 by Eric Pickles.[46] Milton played an instrumental role in the regeneration of Paddington Basin and was a friend of the sculptor.[47]
Mural Westway Flyover Cycleway 2014 Robert Dawson Ceramic mural Includes a portrait of Brunel, a geometric pattern based on the Crossrail logo and other references to the area.[48]

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Paddington Bear Book Bench Paddington station 2014 Michelle Heron Painted bench in the shape of an open book Originally part of the National Literacy Trust's Books About Town art trail and now on permanent loan to the station.[45][49]
A Cloud Index Elizabeth line entrance, Paddington station 2016 Spencer Finch Weston Williamson Design printed onto glass canopy 60 pastel drawings of clouds reproduced on 180 glass panels on a 120m-long canopy; one of the largest permanent artworks ever created in London. Installation began in 2017.[50][51]

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Message from the Unseen World
Alan Turing
Bishop's Bridge Road underpass, Paddington Central 2016 United Visual Artists Nick Drake (poem) Installation Perforated aluminium panels with LEDs displaying extracts from Turing's paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" (1950) as patterns based on Baudot code, combined with a poem specially commissioned from Drake.[52]
Abundance Amphitheatre, Sheldon Square, Paddington Central 2023 Adam Nathaniel Furman Installation A 50m-long curving wall made from metal sheets in bright colours.[53]
Mural Grand Union Canal

51°31′22″N 0°11′31″W / 51.5228°N 0.1919°W / 51.5228; -0.1919 (Mural)
Kevin Herlihy Mural Made of debris collected by Stowe Youth Club.[54]


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