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You might be interested in the Financial Section on this site. Banks, like Building Societies, often have a restricted range of services - and are notoriously conservative when investing your money. This usually results in very low rates of return. Our financial section covers other Financial Institutions, Mortgages, Investment Consultants, Credit & Finance Companies - and Crowd Funding!

Also see below for all the Building Societies around Your Postcode with their contact details. Just click through to go to a map, street views, reviews and a link to their own websites.

Banks

HSBC Private Bank Ltd

78 St James Street, St. James's, London SW1A 1JB, UK – 020 7860 5000

Good bank

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

1st Floor Berkeley Square House, 4-19 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR, UK – 020 7629 8881

The staff were very helpful to give me directions around the city. Very clean

Bank Hapoalim

25 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 2ES, UK – 020 7973 5400

Building Societies

Yorkshire Building Society

Mimosa House, 12 Princes St, Mayfair, London W1B 2LL, UK – 020 7499 6678

Very Fast service, Beautiful lady (my Friend ) cashier and other staff very polite, clean Bank thing , I Run things seen Xx. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

Good

Yorkshire Building Society

255 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6NA, UK – 020 7602 0006

Local Chambers of Commerce for W2. These can be an extraordinarily effective way of getting into the business community and / or getting things done. Equally they can be entirely useless depending on the chair. If they have networking events associated with them definitely go, and keep going, if you have a business that need local support. What you put in is exactly what you get out. Below is the national site. Watch this slot - it might improve!
The Old Marylebone Town Hall

Westminster Council House, 97-113 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5PT, UK – 020 7641 7500

A stunning, beautifully old piece of English history! Well worth a visit! This was the former head office for Births, Deaths & Marriages in London.

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Town Hall

Hornton St, Kensington, London W8 7NX, UK – 020 7361 3000

Good place but the council lacks efficiency

Pretty good as a conference venue, have been here for Astrofest every year for years.

This link works well. If you have fly tipping, litter issues etc you can either click and enter your local authority or find it on an interactive map. The services just drop down for you.
Find the local council, MP and MEP for W2. Type your postcode into relevant box and find details for your local councillor, MP and MEP. MPs can be extremely useful if you want a local issue aired or fixed. Get an appointment for a surgery meeting if you want to talk directly to your MP.

Councils have also become increasingly useful, business focused and lean. If you want something done think about contacting your local council or contacting your local representative. Click below to get the contact details of your representatives for the Paddington area
Find local dentists and dental practices around Paddington and W2 with location maps and contact details. The link below takes you to a vastly improved NHS site which tells you what you need to know! This includes whether they take NHS patients and lots of other useful information. You can also find out whether they do orthodontic dentistry and other complex work.

Well worth a click.

Dental Surgeries

Paddington Dental Practice

17 Craven Rd, Paddington, London W2 3BP, UK – 020 7723 6106

Dr. Gursharon Dhariwal has changed my perspective of dentists. She is an extremely conscientious, gentle and caring dental practitioner. My dental health is of utmost importance to her and I have never felt better about my teeth and gums. I no longer feel anxious about visiting the dentist as I know my treatment will be pain-free, pleasant and full of laughter! Thank you for looking after me so well!

Great dental practice and would highly recommend. Due to a past traumatic tooth extraction experience in my young teens, it had really put me off going to the dentist and became a very nervous patient. Work colleague recommended Yasmin Golar as a really good dentist - she was superb! Definitely made me feel at ease and took the time out to explain the treatments, and calmed my nerves. I will be scheduling my next general dental check up with her.

Image Dental Clinic

Dental Surgery, 21 Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DR, UK – 020 7580 5339

The pre-eminent dental clinic in London, to say the least - Dr Amitis is the most perfectly lovely, caring and accomplished dentist you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Dental appointments with Image are something to look forward to with absolute delight and confidence: the clinic is always spotlessly clean, and Amitis is a gem.

This is a very good dentistry practice! I have been a client since the beginning of 2015 and, even though I don’t live in London anymore, I only go to them for my needs. Amitis and the team are very professional and super friendly, making it a pleasure to visit (sounds crazy but true, for me at least!). I recommend!!

Hyde Park Dental Clinic

61 Bayswater Rd, London W2 3PH, UK – 020 7706 1112

“This was the best team of dental clinic I have been around in a long time. I would love to have them around if I ever get sick again. Dr Michel Futtado had been busy but still took the time to make me feel like I was the only patient there. I loved visiting and if I need their service again I know I will be welcomed.” Highly recommend Hyde Park Dental Clinic!!!

I was very happy with the level of care and professionalism I recieved from the clinic. The doctors, nurses and Staff were happy, professional and willing to answer all of my questions and concerns and made me feel very Comfortable. Thank you so much!! Highly recommended.

The Bush Doctors

147 Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12 8PP, UK – 020 8749 1882

Great surgery, amazing staff. Reception staff are friendly and helpful. Dr Pamini is always thorough.

Well, the receptionists are not quite friendly and a bit miserable (i work at a reception so i know), i can only count 1 who is really lovely. First time there, i had to wait 1h after my appointment time to be seen, i know there is always a waiting time but i've never had to wait that long. The doctor did her job, however rushed me because she was running late and i understand it happens but i told her i have the right to get an appropriate appointment and not be rushed. 2nd time there it was just for a blood test and i also had to wait 40-50min which is surprising since taking blood doesn't take that long. I'm only going there because it's close by but not sure if i can recommend it. I'll book another appointment with another doctor and see how it goes. If you don't want to wait i'll recommend booking early morning appointments.

London Doctors Clinic Private GP

1906A, Portland House, Bressenden Pl, Westminster, London SW1E 5RS, UK – 020 8712 9378

Lovely doctors. Very helpful and understanding. Last minute appointments available easily

Very efficient, friendly and professional. Would highly recommend them.

Dr J Glover - Randolph Surgery

235A Elgin Ave, Maida Vale, London W9 1NH, UK – 020 7266 2621

I use the surgery often, having not been satisfied with my previous GP I needed a somewhat more 'holistic' approach to my medical services. The environment is always clean and tranquil even though their often extremely busy with phone appointments. Reception staff are exceptionally considerate, very polite and v.helpful. Also the various Dr' that I see are extremely informative and patient when dealing with me. I would like to thank all the staff at the surgery for the persistent great work . Thank you!

I've been with this surgery for one year now visiting frequently, I had previously left another surgery because I wasn't happy and this place was a breath of fresh air. Staff are always courteous and helpful to me, it's a really good surgery full of nice people that helped me get mended after my RTA.

NHS Direct is now NHS 24. Just dial 111 to speak to a professional or click the link below for there self help website. Lots of really useful info but keep clear of heart surgery! If in doubt ask your GP or call 111. Good luck.

British Gas - Breakdown & Repairs 0845 9 60 50 40

Fire - Ambulance - Police 999

University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

16-18 Westmoreland St, Marylebone, London W1G 8PH, UK – 020 3456 7898

Probably one of the best. Considering it’s NHS you could mistake it for being private. Some of the best consultants here, up to date with the very latest technology, some amazing stuff they do here. My only criticism would be after procedures in the ward, there are very few staff compared to a general hospital, buts that’s down to government cut backs. Appointments get changed a lot, this again I would say to lack of staff. Staff are very friendly, not found them to be unfriendly as some have suggested, and I have been coming here for around 3 years on regular visits. Keep up the good work😊👍

Staff seem very more focused on getting the paperwork done rather than taking taking a moment to acknowledge people. Very target driven particularly in comparison to some other London hospitals that I have been to. A little customer service related training would go a long way! The food in the canteen was... (I’ll put it down to Hospital aliment) not worth the money. Parking is limited and dang expensive (street parking only) rather commute if you are able to.

University College London Hospital

235 Euston Rd, Fitzrovia, London NW1 2BU, UK – 020 3456 7890

I can not express enough how much i appreciated the service. the staff are very polite and great at their job. by far the best hospital i have visited.

My review is based on a recent visit to UCLH for an operation my son had. The staff (doctors, nurses, carers etc) were all very friendly. My son did not feel nervous or tense at all, mostly due to the kindness of the staff and the care they took throughout the day in making sure he was OK. There's a small cafe with reasonable coffee and snacks. The facilities (bathrooms) were not kept so tidy.

Royal Brompton Hospital

Sydney St, Chelsea, London SW3 6NP, UK – 020 7352 8121

First time as an inpatient for my son this week but the staff have all been really lovely, he's actually enjoyed the food which is extremely rare for him and they Drs and play staff along with the nurses have made it as pleasant a stay for him as is possible... so my only whinge is the extremely small WHSmiths that's here on site was closed all day today so couldn't get him any treats for being a such a superstar ⭐

Initiatially went there unconcious in an ambulance! However, my follow up appointment 18 months later was first class.Two consultants. Two senior nurses and three other specialists in their particular field,all to see me.The follow up 'home'care is also first class and any problems only a phone call or email away.Best to travel by public transport.Car Parking can be problematic.

Local hospitals - community hospitals and hospitals with A&E departments for W2.

The new NHS website below is very well worth a look. Hospitals are not only listed but evaluated. I certainly know which ones I would go to! At the very least you will know what questions to ask if you are sent to one which has not entered its data. Good luck!
Find the local Health Trust for W2
This Parliamentary website will find MPs - just type in your postcode. It also gives details of how to contact your MP

Find Local Churches & Places of Worship

Hyde Park Chapel – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

64 - 68 Exhibition Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2PA, UK – 020 7838 1920

I visited the centre today. The people I met were very kind and helpful. I learned of the history of the church and listened to President Monson's witness statement where he helped a young boy who was very ill and quoted Alma chapter 40 verse 11 to explain to him what happens to us when we die in that we are taken home to God who gave us life. I also listened to the apostle Dieter Ucfdorf's witness statement whom I found very up lifting and had the company of two beautiful missionary ladies today. I shared my testimony with them which grows on a daily basis by following our saviour - the Prince of peace. The statue of the saviour is very beautiful and inspiring. If you want to find the plan of happiness here is a good place to start and you will have peace and contentment in your life. I can testify that this is true in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

Had a wonderful experience. Can learn about the church, watch movies, catch up with missionary friends as I am a member of the church.

All Souls Langham Place

2 All Souls' Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 3DA, UK – 020 7580 3522

Wow. Really nice place with nice people. English Bible available for every visitor! Sermon was really inspiring and Bible-based. Highly recommand.

Beautiful architecture, John Nash. Church is located right in front of the main entrance to the BBC Broadcasting House. We didn't go in to the church.

Church of the Immaculate Conception Farm Street

114 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH, UK – 020 7493 7811

This is a welcoming church in the centre of London. It is set in a park which provides short pretty walks in good weather. There are several services on a Sunday. We went to the 11.00 am service. It was in Latin reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of the congregation. It was followed by a drink in the hall where we were made very welcome.

This us must see church. This is also Jesuit center in London. Very beautiful and nice church. Amazing architectura. One if the best looking church in London just in the heart of London

Your local Christian churches. Click on your town/village to find churches in your area. Good and media savvy churches will give you a real feel for what sort of service to expect.
This is a brilliant site. Click to see virtually everything you are likely to need to know about the Police and crime statistics around Paddington. You can often even see a photo of your local policeman!

Crimestoppers - Call 0800 555111 or 101 for non emergency

Find Recycling Centres

Sita UK Ltd

72 Tavistock Cres, London W11 1AN, UK – 020 7792 1733

Gumdrop Ltd

65A, Pall Mall Deposit, 128 Barlby Rd, London W10 6BL, UK – 020 3735 8979

Odyssey Recycling Ltd

109 Gloucester Rd, Kensington, London SW7 4SS, UK – 020 7373 4671

Give and get free stuff. Here you will find lots of items that people are willing to give away, for FREE! This is instead of taking them to a local landfill site. The aim of this site is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill (20.9 million tonnes of it last year in the UK) and recycling is great news for the environment.
We all know that we need to recycle more - and this is a great way of doing it.
You may prefer to go through to our Eating Out page which has a complete range of places you can go from the most economical to the most lavish.  Please CLICK HERE!

You will also find Take Aways and Pubs in this section. Enjoy!

Local Restaurants & Places to Eat around Paddington

Galvin Restaurants

19 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PF, UK – 020 7299 0444

I have been to many of the Galvin Restaurants. Each of them offer a unique experience and a lovely twist of French cooking. Galvin La Chapelle is absolutely stunning and the crab lasagna is one of my favourite of the Galvin brothers’ signature dishes. Galvin HOP offers a relaxed ambiance and their Tarte flambée is delicious. The Athenaeum offers lovely afternoon tea and their bar is very stunning, a great venue for a Friday or Saturday night cocktail. I have also had the chance to venture the Galvin Green Man in Chelmsford which is less than an hour from London. Since they’ve opened, they won many awards including a Bib Gourmand and that’s not surprising. With lovely surrounding countryside, you can enjoy their Galvin’s classics, some lovely seasonal dishes or if you are in the mood even some pub grub. Definitely worth the ride! I can’t recommend Galvin restaurants enough and wish them many more years of success.

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Côte Bistro - Kensington

47 Kensington Ct, Kensington, London W8 5DA, UK – 020 7938 4147

Visited for my husband's 30th birthday to have a delicious breakfast to start off our busy day. All opted for the breakfast meal deal which is great value. Eggs were cooked perfectly and the hollandaise sauce was fantastic. Will definitely keep Côte in mind next time we are near one and fancy a nicer breakfast than normal!

Always enjoy coming here. Good food and nice atmosphere. Service can be a little slow some times but generally good. Staff are always friendly

HIX Soho

66-70 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9UP, UK – 020 7292 3518

Hip cocktail bar downstairs, chic dining upstairs. The menu is very strong on seafood and game with fresh, simple, delicious preparations. We enjoyed the sole and venison. Purple flowering broccoli was rather normal broccoli but happily not cooked to mush-- crisp and buttery and delicious. Fantastic service and convenient cloak room-- no wait!

We had a lunch for 20 people in Mark's Bar downstairs, last Saturday. The room was warm and welcoming, with loads of room for our unruly children to run around and play. We had the 'Autumn Feast' set menu because of the size of our party. All three courses were delicious, and there was a huge amount of food. Service was attentive, friendly and very patient..... Bloody Mary's were excellent!! Need an excuse to go back ASAP.

Nursery and Preschools

Bright Horizons Ladbroke Grove Day Nursery and Preschool

34 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 3BQ, UK – 0330 057 6604

My Twins have been at this nursery for a little under 3 weeks now and the staff have all been wonderful. Very kind, considerate, lots for the kids to do and fantastic outdoor space. Highly recommend!

Bright Horizons St John's Wood Day Nursery and Preschool

70 Marlborough Hill, London NW8 0NH, UK – 0330 057 6719

Pretty good nursery despite its recent downgrade by Ofsted. There is a new manager there now and it has improved dramatically. The carers genuinely care about the kids and my two bounce out daily polite and relaxed. They aren't helicopter-parenting either, thankfully. Bit pricy but it is St Johns Wood so what do you expect?

Ashmore Pre-School

St Lukes Church Centre, Fernhead Rd, London W9 3EJ, UK – 020 8968 6225

My nephew Maison attends this nursery he has come so far with his speech and his independence and also help with finding friends he is happy confident young independent boy and is mum couldn't be more pleased with the nursery care they are absolutely brilliant in every single way loving caring staff who give every child their time absolutely outstanding well done Ashmore pre school

Primary and Secondary Schools

Islamia Primary School

129 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6PE, UK – 020 7372 2532

Never been to this school but I love the song of Allah made everything-Zain bhikha,the video was presented nicely of the kids being happy

Care ,love and secure entertainment Overall it is the Best school ever

Barlby Primary School

145 Barlby Rd, London W10 5LN, UK – 020 8969 3988

All my children go to this school and it is an amazing school

Beutiful school

International Community School

21 Star St, London W2 1QB, UK – 020 7402 9273

I used to be a student there, in 2010-2011 and I've gotta say one of the best moments of my life were at ICS! Miss it a lot...

The best academic and personal training to succeed in a complex world. As an academic and mother of two, I recommend ICS as the best option for international students.

Public & Preparatory Schools

St James Junior School

Earsby St, London W14 8SH, UK – 020 7348 1777

Both my son and my daughter have been very happy there. I am aware of a small number of problems in the 1970's but that is a very long time ago !

My son is attending St James and he is enjoying to go to school. It is very welcoming school. Small classes, well behaved children, but still with freedom to be children. Teachers are skilled and supportive. Children are engaged to participate to school's activities from very beginning. By the end of the first semester your boy or girl will happily recite Shakespear's poems and sing on Latin and Sanskrit (completely willingly with smile and happiness). Parents are friendly. Competitive credo is swapped for learning and understanding. As a parent of child who is attending St James I can't say nothing but best for this school so far. He was shy boy and now he is growing into an confident, kind, very well educated and behaved young man. Regarding things from the past, I don't know how someone can judge the school nowadays on its past... (new milenium schools and parents are different and generally schools in the past weren't some pleasant places)

Abercorn School

28 Abercorn Pl, London NW8 9XP, UK – 020 7286 4785

A very excellent Independent School. Your child is asured of great educational values well structured for a bright future.

Very posh school

Portland Place School

56-58 Portland Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 1NJ, UK – 020 7307 8700

Bird Blue, obviously you're just seeing the outside, but the education is ubsolutely AMAZING!!!!

A school to be trusted.

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Local social service agencies for W2 with contact details and location maps

Gas Transco

0800 111999

British Gas Breakdown & Repairs

0845 9 60 50 40
Local electricity supply companies for W2 with contact details and location maps
Local gas supply companies for W2, including bottled gas, with contact details and location maps
Local water supply and treatment companies for W2 with contact details and location maps