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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

Barclays Bank

9 Portman Square, Marylebone, London W1A 3AL, UK – 0345 734 5345

Pretty decent branch, nice and friendly staff.

Excellent service by Ashley Wright .....cheers mate for successfully opening my child's savings account.

Barclays Bank

127 Edgware Rd, London W2 2HT, UK – 0345 734 5345

The cash machine did not charge me for taking money out.

Barclays Bank

93/, 97 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QG, UK – 0345 734 5345

When I visited the branch to get an appointment for opening an account, the person at reception said, it is fine to have bank letter addressed to other branch of Barclays, we can accept it. When I visited on appointment to open the account the person got changed and the new person said we cannot open using this bank letter as it is addressed to other branch. there was a fuss. I had to get new bank letter to open the account. Get your bank letter addressed to the branch you want to open.

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. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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146 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8AT, UK – 0800 554 0296

I've moved from this branch. Although conveniently located on the north side of Shepherds Bush Green it has an annoying double entry door that doesn't always work very efficiently and it is easy to collide with people even though you're not supposed to be able to. Watch out if you're struggling with a wet umbrella. Why do these places hardly ever have a bucket to deposit them in. Can get super busy in here with a queue that never seems to move. You can also wait a long time to speak to an advisor.

Great customer service. Very friendly staff. Barely any queuing

The Chelsea Building Co

168 Earls Ct Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 9QQ, UK – 020 7259 2247

Have used this company several times and can highly recommend. David and his team were a delight to have around! Mess was kept to a minimum, turned up on time and didn’t land me with extra hidden costs. They even didn’t seem to mind too much when I changed my mind numerous times on things and were very accommodating. Would definitely use them again.

I used Chelsea Building because they were competitive and professional pitching for the business and I was not disapointed.They completed painting the outside of the house and remedial building work on time and to a very high specification.Their workfroce were a pleasure to have on site and they always left the site clean.I would definitely ask them to pitch again for any further building and/or decorating work that I have going forward

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

The Old Marylebone Town Hall, Westminster Council House, 97-113 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5PT, Marylebone, London NW1 5PT, UK – 020 7641 6000

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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Crowndale Centre (Camden Council)

218 Eversholt St, Kings Cross, London NW1 1BD, UK – 020 7974 4444

Reception Security Staff is really helpful. They do a diligent job by providing an extremely professional customer service for all the visitors to this place.Crowndale Centre itself is a beautiful building located at a very convenient place for all members of public.

Very friendly & helpful reception staff.

General Dental Council

37 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 8DQ, UK – 020 7167 6000

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

Dentistry@53 Wimpole Street

53 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 8YH, UK – 020 7935 6809

I am not usually one to write a review regarding my dentist experience (usually I reserve this kind of feedback for hotels/holidays etc), but I am a very nervous patient, like many I suspect and after 25 years of being worried, concerned even embarrassed about showing a person my teeth, I finally decided to visit this practice (from a recommendation) and was very surprised. The dentists are great and very in tune with a patients concerns and quick to work out and put you at ease on any hang ups you have. I felt very relaxed and was given lots of options around what treatments I should think about and how these should be scheduled. Come to think about it the staff are all very professional but to me the most important thing is they are approachable/likeable. They treat you like you have been going there for years which is a great attribute. If your looking for a new dentist or looking to visit a dentist after a very long time I can thoroughly recommend this professional, friendly practice!

I was dreading my first visit to the Wimpole Street having had so many bad experiences in the past but I was blown away by the combination of kindness, explanation and professionalism. I was placed completely at ease (which is unusual for me). Delighted with the results (and the fact that the treatment was far more reasonable than I had expected), I can highly recommend that you give these guys a call. I can now smile with confidence!

Harley Street Dentist

66 Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 7HD, UK – 020 7636 3727

Very good dentist. I would recommend to everyone. Dr Maurer is amazing professional with amazing skills. Keep the good work.

This is a BEAUTIFUL dental surgery in Harley Street. The dentist truly is amazing!!! He is gentle and takes his time when explaining things to you, he doesn't watch the clock and will not let you leave until you have the biggest smile on your face. I asked for a few business cards because this place really is a hidden gem. The staff are so lovely and you will feel as if you have known these guys for years! I have gone from hiding my smile to showing it off at every opportunity.

Emergency Dentist

221-225 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, London SW5 0EA, UK – 020 7370 0055

I was waiting for a short time but I didn't mind because they were very busy. Looked as though it was being handled quickly and professionally though, just like me. Very helpful place.

I lost a crown while in London for business and came here for an emergency repair. Quick, painless, inexpensive with super friendly staff. 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.

Knightsbridge Doctors

15 Basil Mansions, Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AP, UK – 020 7589 8965

Apart from an initial misunderstanding about which practice to go to (I didn't realize there were two in London) I found all the staff very helpful and kind. I was treated with dignity and respect throughout the whole procedure and at every point a staff member took the time to explain the process to me. Thank you

Absolutely fantastic. Every person I saw/spoke to was friendly, courteous and professional. Efficient throughout my whole experience. From checking in, to the physical, the xrays and vaccinations. Pleasant atmosphere and waiting area, including water jugs and cups, which I thought was a nice touch.

The Bush Doctors Surgery

18 W 12 Shopping Centre, London W12 8PP, UK – 020 8749 1882

You have to book weeks in advance which is a real bummer but once you're in they look after you well.

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Royal Brompton Hospital

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

I had triple bypass in 2004 successful op and excellent after care. much gratitude to. all involved. .

Professional approach with knowledgeable medical staff. The Pulmonaryrehab course over two months is first class with a dedicated and enlightened team.

The Wellington Hospital, South

Wellington Hospital South Bldg, 8A Wellington Pl, London NW8 9LE, UK – 020 7586 5959

My mother in law was submitted to this hospital for heart x-ray first impression was great from start to finish and handover from staff to staff was great. she didn't understand a world of English so had translate and doctor come and explained the procedure in detail before she went in. food is great parking hard to find. staff friendly and very clean all rooms have own tv and the 2 nurses never left our site and aftercare for 2hours was great. Eni

One of best hospitals spread across either side of lord's cricket grounds

St Mary's Hospital

Praed St, London W2 1NY, UK – 020 3312 6666

My daughter was born at this hospital. Initially based on negative reviews left by other people I was concerned about going to this hospital, however the service we received was so good, I felt I must write this review to thank everyone at the hospital. The hospital is very clean, tidy and very well managed. Every member of staff including receptionists, nurses, midwives and doctors, all were very friendly, very helpful and very professional.

I had a surgery yesterday in St Marys hospital. Everything went fantastic. Starting from the receptionist till the nurses in the recovery room. I was very well looked after from everybody especially in the recovery room. The nurse who was looking after me, Dijana, was superb. She was very helpful, kind, patient and very well experienced. She is amazing. I would like to thank all the doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and staff who were involved in my surgery. You made my experience very relaxing and pleasant. Thank you all

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

St Mary Abbots Church

Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4LA, UK – 020 7937 5136

Had the opportunity to sing here for a carol service for three years, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Was there recently, enjoyed the beautiful architecture and was fascinated with the whole history of the place and it's connection to Abingdon in Oxfordshire. Worth a read.

St Mary's Church

Eversholt St, Kings Cross, London NW1 1BN, UK – 020 7424 0724

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The American Church in London

79a Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4TD, UK – 020 7580 2791

A place for production companies to audition cast for new shows.

Great simple service not formal. American English easy to understand and praise. Typically starts at 11am

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

It Green

5, Parkway, London NW1 7AH, UK – 0870 300 0905

I've been looking closely at disposing of our redundant hardware-faulty kit and needed to comply with WEEE regulations. IT-Green were able to help me with registering as a producer and issued the Hazardous documents when their driver turned up. Didn't turn up in the morning as stated though, but certainly were professional.

Clearance Solutions Ltd

163-173 Praed St, London W2 1RH, UK – 020 7706 7554

Very good service, price acceptable.

We were very pleased with the Clearance Solutions service. We needed a 3-bed flat completely cleared at fairly short notice - they came to give a quote at the time promised, and later came to do the job exactly as organized. The work-crew were friendly, efficient and helpful. All was done quicker than we expected, with no problems. If you want a job done well with a short lead-time, these guys deliver!

The Office Clearance Company

76 Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, London W2 6QA, UK – 020 7258 3633

I needed an office clearance at very short notice and The Office Clearance Company provided a very professional and efficient service. Would certainly recommend.

Great service and enthusiasm from the Office Clearance Team. professional throughout and finished ahead of schedule. Would recommend to anyone - Ali xx

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

Bill's Soho Restaurant

36-44 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9TB, UK – 020 7287 8712

Cozy place with a relaxed atmosphere, yummy food and friendly staff. Flat iron steak and milkbutter chicken burger are definitely the ones you should try. Good value for money in comparison with other chain restaurants.

The service at this restaurant is very good. The food is well presented and was brought out very soon after we ordered. Prices were fair and the portions were just right. The actual restaurant is very presentable, modern and has a classy feel to it and it's very warm and welcoming. I'd highly recommend eating at this place!

Capital Restaurant

22 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1AT, UK – 020 7591 1202

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Min Jiang Restaurant

2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT, UK – 020 7361 1988

There was nothing we did not like. Everything was delicious. Lots and lots of dim sum: our favourites the chicken one and the crab meat with soup. The duck is supposed to be one of the best to have in London (it was not crispy enough for me) and you need to order it when you book the table otherwise it takes 1 hour to arrive to the table. Another dish to highlight were the aubergine with mince chicken, it was absolutely delicious. Service was correct and we got lots of recommendations from our waitress. We will be back as soon as we can

Visited Min Jiang for my anniversary this weekend! And was blown away by this fantastic authentic Chinese restaurant! Staff were incredibly attentive and polite and the views fantastic! 5 stars thoroughly deserved, saw the duck being served next to us and it looked amazing! Will definitely re-visit to try!

Nursery and Preschools

Minors Nursery School

10 Pembridge Square, London W2 4ED, UK – 020 7727 7253

The girl I look after has attended Minors Nursery School since September 2017 and she loves it. Everyday she is happy to go to school and I can see how comfortable she is with the Minors team. The teachers are very reliable, caring and professional. Often she comes home with her little arts and craft, which are nice and creative. The atmosphere with other parents and nannies is very friendly, too. Would definitely recommend this nursery school, it is fabulous.

A wonderful and caring nursery, my daughter loves it here. The teachers are very kind and always smiling : )

Miss Daisy's Nursery

FOUNTAIN COURT, Buckingham Palace Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 9SU, UK – 020 7730 5797

Good and friendly services

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!

Primary and Secondary Schools

Bousfield Primary School

S Bolton Gardens, Kensington, London SW5 0DJ, UK – 020 7373 6544

This is an amazing school, full of light, green spaces and playgrounds, set in a lovely neighbour. I have 2 kids there and I am so impressed by the way they are tough, and the children are so happy to go to school. Staff is knowledgeable, respectful and kind, the head teacher is clearly doing a great job!

Awesome school I go there and every one is loving and kind and I am a monitor which means you help around the school if you are looking to send your child to a school please choose hear I've been here for 8 years and I'm in year 6. They also have a nursery

Sacred Heart High School

212 Hammersmith Rd, London W6 7DG, UK – 020 8748 7600

I go to this school and it’s amazing .Sending your daughter here would benefit her education and behaviour.The school rules keep us in place and you would enjoy the experience.It has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.The catholic faith we learn is very good and the school helps us develop into independent young women.Its one of the best schools for girls in London

Schools a lovely old building not one of those plastic new ones ,teachers are strict yet lovely new science block is great although I'm a bit worried that it is near a main road ,school uniforms nice.

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

Public & Preparatory Schools

St James Junior School

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

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)

I had the pleasure of running an assembly at the school and found the staff and children to be super friendly and positive. My subsequent dealings with the school have also been terrific. It's a school with a great, positive vibe!

Cavendish School

London NW1 7EY, UK – 020 7485 1958

Check out the incredible inspection report the Cavendish School has just received from the Independent Schools Inspectorate! Graded 'Excellent' in every single category. Huge congratulations to the staff, parents and pupils of this extraordinary school.

love this school so much very inspirational, excellent ethos and great teachers!

Francis Holland School

39 Graham Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1W 8JF, UK – 020 7730 2971

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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