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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

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

1st, 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

HSBC Private Bank Ltd

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

Good

Good bank

Cater Allen Private Bank

2 Triton Square, Kings Cross, London NW1 3DU, UK – 0800 092 3300

Consistently exellent service over more than 10 years of my being a customer.

Building Societies

The Chelsea Building Co

168 Earls Ct Rd, Kensington, 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

Wellcome Building, Zoological Society of London

Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY, UK

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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!
The Old Marylebone Town Hall

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

Beautifully restored and now part of London Business School's campus

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

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.

Chelsea Old Town Hall

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE, UK – 020 7361 2220

Exceptional service, facilities and Registrars. Couldn't of asked for anything more for our special day. Lisa & Patricia made it what it was and are brilliant at what they do!

I photographed at this venue a numerous occasions and never seems to fail impress the guests. While the ceremony rooms are beautiful and intimate, the grand reception room is absolutely stunning! The outside staircase is a great option for group shots and there are several nice spots around Kings Road for further wedding photography. Great venue, great location. Regards, Henrik Andersen UK Wedding Photography

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

Don't really leave reviews but i just had to this time because credit is due when deserved and the service from Dr Gursharon Dhariwal was 1st class. I'm not a fan of any medical professions because they scare the life out of me but she made me feel so at ease and calm I was so thankful. Thank you again Doc!

I can’t recommend this practice enough. Treatment is world class and staff are very helpful and kind. I no longer dread the dentist!

Dawood and Tanner Specialist Dental Practice

45 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 8SB, UK – 020 7935 0080

Dr Saul Konviser saw my little boy today for his first dentist visit. It was an absolute dream, considering he gets quite nervous around clinical environments - he had a lovely time! Dr Konviser did not rush the process and as a consequence I'm confident he will love going to the dentist in the future. The whole team are so professional from the moment you come in the door, you feel at home. For children there are lovely facilities and toys. Couldn't be happier with the service, highly recommended!

Five stars as I've not yet used your service. However the 'Obsession' advertisements currently airing on LBC are very poorly conceived and they do not convey the message that you think they do.

Belgravia Dental Care

2 Eccleston St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9LN, UK – 020 7730 4948

Last night I had my first ever Root Canal Treatment. Dr David Wilmot was absolutely amazing. My biggest fear was that I'd feel something but I did not feel a thing!!! Anyway, I've woken up this morning and I don't need any painkillers, I can eat and drink hot and cold food again, and I can bite again. I am very grateful to David for getting me out of pain painlessly, and to Ewa for making me feel at ease when I was scared. Thank you :)

Such a great team and Dr Cuddy is really caring. Makes going to the dentist almost like an appointment at the hairdresser

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.

The Bush Doctors

147 Shepherd's Bush Green, Hammersmith, 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.

Same Day Doctor central London

52 Queen Anne St, Marylebone, London W1G 8HL, UK – 020 7631 0090

Friendly and reliable staff. Awesome i pop up for some test on a sunday get the results in the same day...

Excellent service Friendly doctors that lisson to you I would recommend this service to every one same day doctor go the extra mile for you 101% service

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😊👍

Had an emergency visit to the hospital last week. must admit the people were really nice

University College London Hospital

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

I had a total anatomical shoulder replacement at UCLH a month ago. All the staff were fantastic- professional, friendly , efficient and extremely hard working. This was true of everyone from the man delivering the food, the ward staff, physiotherapists, specialist nurse, Anaethetists and the Orthopaedic team. Even the food was delicious! The whole post up follow up has also been excellent. I cannot praise the hospital enough!

University College Hospital : Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing

25 Grafton Way, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 6DB, UK – 020 3456 7890

Dedicated, hard-working, caring medical staff here. I'd like to praise the surgeons, nurses and all hospital staff for the valuable role they play in our lives.

Had all three of my babies here by elective c-section. Clean, modern hospital. Great team.

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. Jude's Church

24 Collingham Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0LX, UK – 020 7052 0573

very different from the catholic church which is what i expected (this church came up dueing a search doe catholic churches) they worship mostly by singing. this past sunday they'd invited a speaker who read from exodus and spoke about it. then they sang some more bwdoee dismissing us.

Bella vista solo da fuori mentre cercavamo l'albergo

St Marylebone Church

17 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LT, UK – 020 7935 7315

I was married in this church 28years ago this year by the Rev. RICHARD MCLAREN. It was a beautiful church and our reception was downstairs in the Lemon Tree Restaurant. The entire service was beautiful, the Church was beautiful and Richard was a lovely man who joined us for the reception. It was a very memorable day.

What a fantastic place to listen to the choir. Amazing acoustics. Loads and loads of seating. I’d recommend the top floor seating for the best acoustics and view.

Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception

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

Very nice parish. Good services. Not to small, not dark, good acoustics. Well presented and maintained. Slightly off the beaten track.

Tucked away but surprisingly large Roman Catholic church. Perfectly pleasant if you like that kind of thing.

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, Camden Town, 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.

Surplex UK Limited - FREE WEEE I.T. RECYCLING COMMERCIAL

Unit 15426, Box 6945 Rathbone Square, Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1A 6US, UK – 01684 252583

I run the IT department for a large law firm (500+ desktops) and we use Surplex as the service is always fast and the drivers friendly and helpful. We like to charity donations this company make and also the data policy is first class. We have used them for about five years now and I don't think we will ever move away to someone else - there is no need. I don't normally write reviews but Surplex asked me too and, to be honest, I was only too happy to help as they've always bent over backwards to accommodate my requirements.

I have used Surplex for our IT / computer recycling from both their London office and their HQ in Malvern. They are professional, speedy and their reporting is first class. The online aspect of retrieving documentation is both fast and secure. We have a particular need for data security which is why we use Surplex, they do not wipe like some other companies we have used they actually shred hard disk drives and in fact any that carries data is treated in the same manner. Mark, the MD, is very knowledgeable and completely down to earth.

Sita UK Ltd

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

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.

Not bad but would not go again

Novikov Restaurants and Bar

50A Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8HA, UK – 020 7399 4330

Best food ever. Quite reasonably priced. Service on point. If you're vegetarian, go for the aubergine and mozzarella starter, it's divine. The desserts are to die for. Ambience is perfect. Only downside was the 25 minute wait to be seated at the table even though we had a reservation, and the front of house girls/receptionists not having a welcoming demeanour. But the food definitely over-compensates!

Great bar/restaurant with great atmosphere. Dim sums, tempura - lovely. Cocktails - nice too. Unfortunately, service - they try to rush you. We were there peak Saturday night 8pm; they just want a fast turnover. Go Thursday night, or Sunday lunch.

Mustard Restaurant

98-100 Shepherds Bush Rd, Shepherd's Bush, London W6 7PD, UK – 020 3019 1175

Thanks to Emily and her team for catering for an excellent birthday party for me. Great food and service and it all went like clockwork. Was a great venue for a group, but also recommended for couples etc.

Enjoyed our meal here. I did find the restaurant slightly under staffed and so it took a while to order and for the food to arrive. When the food arrived it was tasty. It was quite quiet for a Friday night. More tables empty than full. They had a set menu which was £15.95 for 2 courses and £17.95 for 3 courses. Mains carried in price between about £12-22. Small selection of beer and wine by the glass, carafe or bottle. I would return and would recommend it.

Nursery and Preschools

Bright Horizons St John's Wood Day Nursery and Preschool

70 Marlborough Hill, London NW8 0NH, UK – 020 3780 3027

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?

Bright Horizons Holland Park Day Nursery and Preschool

34 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 3BQ, UK – 020 3780 3016

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!

West Hampstead Day Nursery & Pre-School

11 Woodchurch Rd, West Hampstead, London NW6 3PL, UK – 020 7328 4787

Such a lovely team and very friendly I can only recommend it.

Primary and Secondary Schools

International Community School

21 Star St, Paddington, 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.

Bousfield Primary School

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

This is an excellent school, it provides so many people with help and learning opportunities. I loved my teachers Mr Fox and Mrs Pears for the kind natured teaching skills . I struggled after leaving this school as other schools can't compare or care for my learning. Needs. Barn dances in the hall was one of my favourite times there. Thanks.

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!

Islamia Primary School

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

I've never been there but my friends has and they love it so i do too mashallah tabaracallah A school like no other 🕌🕌🕌

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

Public & Preparatory Schools

St James Junior School

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

A very carefully thought out environment where children feel safe to develop! Cultivates childrens' abilities. Very good grounds and facilities!

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 !

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.

Abercorn School

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

Established in 1987, Abercorn’s aim is to give children the best start in education by providing a friendly, caring and inspiring academic atmosphere. The school has gained an enviable record of excellence and achievement for boys and girls from two and a half to 13 + years of age. We guide both pupils and parents through the education process to ensure your child attains the highest standards.

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

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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
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