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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

I've banked with Cater Allen for over 10 years. Faultless customer services. Only lose half a star for not having a mobile banking system (Android/IOS) and a slightly dated website.

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

Building Societies

Wellcome Building, Zoological Society of London

Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY, UK

best Places

Great Severce

Nationwide

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

Nationwide

157-159 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5NA, UK – 0800 554 1790

Nice modern branch, and plenty of staff on hand. Lunchtimes can get a bit busy. I hope Nationwide updates more branches to operate and look like this one.

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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

Chelsea Old Town Hall is an oasis of calm and quietness along the King's Road. The library is a welcome setting for retreating too. There is a great section in the library for children too.

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!

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 Dental Clinic

139 Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 6BG, UK – 020 7486 1059

My dentist Samar Khamis at Harley street dental clinic is AMAZING, she's a real expert in her field. She is also very lovely and totally puts you at ease. She has given me the most lovely smile and has also had utmost patience with me! The day before Christmas Eve I chipped half my front tooth and had a real panic, but she saw me immediately during her lunch break to fix it before Christmas. She gives everything to her work to get the best results and I honestly couldn't recommend her more.

I had a bad accident that resulted in 4 broken teeth. Dr Munslow and Dr Polycarpou took the time to fully diagnose the extent of the injury and and discuss my options. I had a half day appointment at a good time for me to fix a bad restoration from another clinic. Dr Munslow's attention to detail and professionalism were second to none and she made me feel at ease during the whole procedure. I had a composite buildup which matched my other teeth perfectly and the cost was very reasonable. No-one can tell that they have been restored! Four months down the line I feel so glad to have found this clinic. They are giving me free followups to check the condition of my teeth as I might need a crown/RCT on 1 or 2 of them. It does not feel like I even had the injury. I will certainly be using HSDC exclusively from now on. Its great to know that they care so much about your long term health and don't push you into expensive and unnecessary treatments.

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!

The Dental Design Studio

243 Maida Vale, North Maida Vale, London W9 1QJ, UK – 020 7624 6127

Just visited for my regular check up yesterday, and I’ve been a patient for over 3 years now. Great dentist, lovely friendly staff, overall brilliant experience! My teeth haven’t felt this good for most of my life, Dr Ravi managed to save a lot of teeth which I thought would need to be taken out. I’d highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for a friendly affordable dentist! Thank you all. Linda

I was so scared of going to the dentist before I went to this practice. I saw Dr Ravi Ganatra for a couple of appointments just to make me feel more comfortable. The practice is really calming and comfortable, receptionist Marina is simply lovely, and Dr Ravi is just so friendly and welcoming. Since then I’ve had fillings and tooth whitening done, and I’m so happy with the results! Not a nervous patient any more. If you’re hesitating going to the dentist, just pay a visit to this place!

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

Fantastic doctors who genuinely care about their patients. The reception team are helpful too. Getting appointments is tricky, but that's the standard in surgeries these days.

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

Same Day Doctor central London

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

I find Samedaydoctor to be extremely helpful, flexible, courteous, and of course, professional. Highly recommended to busy people who may have hectic days and need to see a doctor at a time which suits them.

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

My wife had surgery for her kidney stones at Westmorland hospital and I must say staff nurses ( Hannah & student nurse tayin on the 3rd floor ) and doctor Miss Allen & her team was super amazing. Also Susie & Siobhan ( senior nurses ) were great and been so helpful. I would highly recommend this hospital to everyone... so thank very much guys !!! Anil & Amandeep

Excellent medical support and treatment, outstanding hospital cafe food, best salad and best stew I've ever had and really tasty soup too. Only one glich, otherwise 5 star, I'm taking up with the fire service. 14 bin bag size bags of rubbish in the stairwell to the overnight stay bedrooms, on the first floor of 6 floors. Told that the entrance I came in was the only way out. A staff member showed me another way out, but said he wasn't meant to tell me. The manager said he shouldn't have told me!!(it's on the 6th floor! - with no fire exit notice, just a notice telling staff that they must not use this exit!). I look forward to this manager's letter, he promised within a week, after some pressure! He refused to deal with the situation, but anyone staying there, if the rubbish in the stairwell was on fire, the higher up you were, the less chance of survival, not being aware of the top exit. He said he'd speak to the fire officer who does the inspections, refused to give me the F.O's contact number or name, when I asked why, "Because he's a member of the Trust"!!!! Says he won't do anything straight away to resolve the concerns of rubbish in the stairwell (collected 4 x a day evidently), or the exits, until he's spoken to the Fire Officer. (or about confusing information about fire exits(s) or about the fire exit signage (where you follow the signage, on the floor you exit the stairwell, it doesn't show which way to turn in the corridor!). I know the manager was very busy doing year end figures, but really! REFUSING to tell or allow staff to tell where there are three possible exits, at least, rather than just the one where you came in, on the GROUND floor or sub basement!! Two other overnighters were rather relieved to know about the alternative ways out!

University College London Hospital

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

I have a rare health condition that has seriously impacted my life and have seen numerous specialist at different hospitals in the UK, some are very well known. I had almost completely given up any hope of finding help for my condition, however I believe that I have finally gotten to see a specialist here that my possibly be able to help me. The hospital is large and complex in its layout, and very busy, however the staff that I dealt with were all very friendly and helpful and able to guide me to the places within the hospital that I needed to get to, such as blood tests, pharmacy and consulting rooms. Hopefully things will work out positively for my condition now that after many years I believe that I may have finally found the right specialist/consultant.

New A&E centre massive upgrade in quality and efficiency. Staff seem much happier and engaged. Great work!

University College Hospital : Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing

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

The staff at the reception is really bad and disengaged, but, after a long while waiting, the doctor who saw my wife was really good, professional, clear and super attentive.

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.

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

With the tallest spire in southeast England, St Mary Abbots is a nice and well cared for church. It’s almost always open and the architecture is quite nice and interesting both inside and out. It has a small gated area around with a lovely garden just outside. It’s always a pleasure to visit.

What a lovely Church, we were there late afternoon and the sun was shining on the altar making it glow, it was beautiful. A lovely place to cool down and escape from the noise outside. The gardens behind are also lovely. Well worth a visit.

St Marylebone Church

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

A lovely place for peace and constipation. A stark contrast to the noise outside of one of the busiest roads in London.

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.

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

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

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

Recycling Point

15 Harrington Square, Kings Cross, London NW1 2JJ, UK

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

Really nice dinner and really nice explosion of flavors. And really nice selection of wines!!!!! Nice if you get the recomendation of the staff

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.

Côte Bistro - Kensington

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

I love Cote. A firm favourite. It always feels way better than it costs. Atmosphere, interior design and food all good. Great value.

My second visit. Service is first class food awesome. Am planning on celebrating Christmas here with my bestie

Novikov Restaurants and Bar

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

Fabulous food in the Asian restaurant. If your name is not on the List you're not getting in so make sure you make a reservation a good few days in advance. Because it's so busy there is a tendency to book you into start and finish timeslots so if you turn up late you are likely to feel hurried. If you can avoid the busy hours you will have a more relaxed time. Everything on the menu was fabulous!

Food is amazing here. The restaurant is busy and has a great atmosphere. The service is epic and the fresh seafood and vegetables on display next to the working kitchen gives it a very authentic vibe. Note of caution: the waiters will move your glass to the edge of the table if you’re having sharing plates. That makes you almost certain to knock it over.

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!

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

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 !

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.

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
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