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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

Barclays Bank Plc, 114 Gloucester Rd, Kensington, London SW7 4SE, UK – 0345 734 5345

Yes it really does Ross. Clearly you're stark raving mad.

Lloyds

1 Butler Pl, Westminster, London SW1H 0PR, UK – 0345 300 0000

Excellent organization and a big part of England's history!

The best service ever

NatWest

69 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 6AT, UK – 0345 788 8444

Excellent service quick and competent and no queues,

Very spacious bank although it can be quite a wait until you can sort out your banking if you do not wish to use the machines.

Building Societies

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

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

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!
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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

Modern and functional fitout.

Town Hall

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

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

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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

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.

Plowman & Partners, Private Dentists in Central London

52 Queen Anne St, Marylebone, London W1G 8HL, UK – 020 7580 2551

Drs Robertson and Bailey helped me with an emergency and subsequent follow-up. They explained the problem and treatment options in detail and helped me to make the right decisions. They then worked as a team to give me the best result. The treatment was fast and effective and completely solved my problem. They also helped me to reduce the risk of similar problems in the future. I would recommend them to anyone who wants top class dental care.

Motcomb Street Dentists

3 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JU, UK – 020 7235 6531

Great staff and brilliant service. Its difficult to laugh with a mouth full of dental equipment but its hard not too at this dentist. I have four children and they all LOVE going to the dentist. We have traveled from far away places to visit Paul, Cindy and Sandra, they will do their best to accommodate your needs and offer excellent dental care, our children have lovely teeth, thanks to the Motcomb crew !!!

I first visited Paul Gallop 26 years ago and have always been well looked after by him and his team. Cindy is a great hygienist, and I would never, by choice, go anywhere else. Sandra & Paul are a fab team and their banter always relaxes me and makes me laugh. Great service and a big thank you for your professionalism and service. JH

The Bush Doctors

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

Quick registration with friendly reception staff. Dr Pamini Ledchumykanthan was lovely and very helpful.

Amazing staff, lovely people. They always take care of us.

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.

Knightsbridge Doctors

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

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.

Home looking clinic specialising in visa medical checks... Very pricey because of the proximity to city center

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

The Wellington Hospital, South

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

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

Excellent care and service from my arrival and until I left following surgery.

University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

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

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.

I was satisfied with the eye department.

Hospital of Saint John and Saint Elizabeth

60 Grove End Road, St John's Wood, London NW8 9NH, UK – 020 7806 4000

The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The physician staff, anesthesiologist and plastic surgeon communicated all steps along the way and ensured I had understanding of what was happening and felt comfortable. After the surgery, the staff in the outpatient wing of St. Clare's checked on me regularly and provided all of the support I needed. I come from the states and was unsure what to expect. I have been impressed by the level of service I received here. The only recommendation for improvement would be a better description of after care and expectations. Perhaps I received one just prior to the anesthesia, but I could not remember the details and had to reach out and call later.

Jo Davies at the concierge is one of the most helpful staff members, overall hospital is well equiped, cafeteria serves lunch dinner at very reasonable prices

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

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.

Attended for a christening. Lovely church in heart of Kensington. Great architecture and gardens. Priest was a charming man. Worth a visit and a nice break from the busy high Street

St Helen's Church, North Kensington

St Helens Vicarage, St Helens Gardens, Church End & Roundwood, London W10 6LP, UK

Very nice church where I attended a wedding ceremony of my friend. It all went very well.

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All Souls Langham Place

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

Building by John Nash. Great people in office to welcome you. Worth visiting. Even while arranging for a memorial service they received me well.

Appreciably unique this enduring London landmark designed by the redoubtable John Nash dominates the northern end of Regents Street.. A Grade I Listed active church with a surprisingly sedate interior and that recognisable worn Bath Stone exterior.

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.

Absolutely perfect! Clearance Solutions inspired complete confidence from the very start and went on to deliver a complex series of clearance/removals in a highly professional manner at what was otherwise a stressful time for us. I can't fault this company and wholeheartedly recommend them without any hesitation whatsoever.

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

Da Paolo Restaurant

3 Charlotte Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1SD, UK – 020 7580 0021

The atmosphere is great, the staff is very friendly and nice. However, the food was quite average: it was good but not enough to say fantastic. The wine and spirit list is rather pricey.

Amazing, authentic and cozy little italian restaurant. Always a great experience, the food is absolutely amazing. It has a couple table outside for a hot summer day, and inside is really cozy.

Steak & Lobster

130 Tottenham Court Rd, Bloomsbury, London W1T 5AY, UK – 020 7666 5430

Lovely atmosphere for dinner. The surf&turf was nicely done with the steak spot on. However the the lobster tail was rather small for the price paid (£35). Had to spend some time removing the shell. The 12.5% tip is a disastrous idea. The waiter for the evening gave us a mediocrity service, with poor attitude when handling the payments.Why bother giving 12.5% tip for terrible service?

Grilled steak and chargrilled lobster - great and tasty food, just delicious - steak prepared just like I did requested, excelent!

Iran Restaurant

27 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7PR, UK – 020 7409 3337

We stopped at the Iran Restaurant while walking around the tourist attractions in the area. We saw some good reviews, so had decent expectations-- all of which were exceeded! The service was excellent; the owner was there and we felt like we were treated like VIPs. The food was exceptional and the portions sizes were generous. We had questions about the cuisine and they were very helpful to select food we would enjoy. We thought the food was extremely reasonably priced, especially for the neighborhood. We'll definitely be back on our next visit to London.

Excellent Persian restaurant! The manager was really helpful and made sure we were looked after. He was going around other table to make sure everyone was comfortable and happy with the food. Staff were really nice! Restaurant is located in a amazing side street of Mayfair. Highly recommend this place! Authentic Persian food.

Nursery and Preschools

Miss Daisy's Nursery

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

Good and friendly services

Holland Park Day Nursery

9 Holland Rd, Kensington, London W14 8HJ, UK – 020 7602 9266

A welcoming happy school with inspirational teachers. I can personally confirm that the ofsted report of outstanding teaching and learning is correct. My daughter runs in excited to learn and demanding to read to me every night. She adores her teacher and loves learning new things, she is really progressing - the teaching is excellent.

My son loves it, they have baby guinea pigs and ducklings, the staff are loving and professional. My son is confident and independent and loves being there. Also he has learned lots.

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

King Solomon Academy

Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW1 6RX, UK – 020 7563 6900

One of the best universities in United Kingdom. Excellent structure, great staff, and a very good place to study and research.

It is the best school in London It is a busker in

Sacred Heart High School

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

hi im rly happy this school is gr8 and my friends are so cool i love them ok bye also ps great teachers

Went for the annual fair, lovely building

Spanish Institute

317-318 Portobello Rd, London W10 5SZ, UK – 020 8969 2664

On this historic farming tract and later a Victorian convent now a Spanish language educational complex. Incongruous Medieval French-styled round towers sheltered behind the wall. A notable diversion from the norm along this strip.

Great education standards.

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!

Francis Holland School

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

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FHS is a good school and my sis' and I go there!!Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiikkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!

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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