List of public art in Paddington

This is a list of public artworks in the former Metropolitan Borough of Paddington in London, now a part of the City of Westminster.


Bayswater is a largely residential district north-west of Charing Cross, bordering with the northern end of Kensington Gardens. Its essential character is now defined by the stuccoed terraces erected from 1827 onwards, which spread in a westerly direction over the course of the 19th century.[1]

Image Title / subject Location and
DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes
Eagle Orme Square

51°30′37″N 0°11′23″W
1814?? Sculpture on pillar N/A The square is named after Edward Orme, a Bond Street print seller, who also sold two ship-loads of building gravel to Tsar Alexander I of Russia, when he visited London in 1814, and Orme built the square in the same year. The eagle dates from then. Its meaning is a mystery; it is not the eagle from the Orme family crest, and has only one head, so is definitely not the Russian imperial eagle.[2]
Drinking fountain Bayswater Road, opposite Elms Mews

51.5114°N 0.1766°W / 51.5114; -0.1766 (Drinking fountain)
1872?N/A Drinking fountain Grade II [3]
War memorial St John's Church, Hyde Park Crescent

51°30′41″N 0°10′48″W
after 1919?N/A Cross Grade II Commemorates parishioners who died in World War I.[4]

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Lancaster Gate Memorial Cross

Statues of Saints George, Louis, Maurice, Longinus, Adrian, Florian and Eustace

Lancaster Gate

51°30′41″N 0°10′48″W
1921Laurence Arthur TurnerWalter Tapper Memorial Grade II Unveiled 27 March 1921. Commemorates residents of the Metropolitan Borough of Paddington who gave their lives in World War I. Severely damaged in the Great Storm of 1987. Re-erected on present site on 11 November 2002.[5]

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Memorial to Reginald Brabazon, 12th Earl of Meath Lancaster Gate

51°30′40″N 0°10′48″W
1934Joseph Hermon CawthraN/A Memorial Grade II Unveiled 24 May 1934.[6] The inscription on the east face reads, "One King, One Empire, Empire Day"; that on the north, "To him the British Empire was a goodly heritage to be fashioned unto a city of God!"[7]
Coronation of the Virgin Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Queensway

51°30′42″N 0°11′14″W
mid–late 20th century[8]?? Mosaic Grade II Donated by Mrs Catherine Weston. Built as the United Methodist Free Church, the church was converted to Catholic use in 1954.[9]
Tempesta The Lancasters, Bayswater Road

51°30′39″N 0°10′55″W
2012 (unveiled)Helaine BlumenfeldN/A Sculpture N/A Unveiled 2 May 2012. Carved from Carrara marble at Studio Sem in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, the work stands at 4m high.[10]
Bust of Skanderbeg Lady Samuel's Garden, Inverness Terrace

51°30′50″N 0°11′13″W
2012Kreshuik XhikuN/A Bust N/A Unveiled 28 November 2012. Marks the centenary of Albanian independence.[11][12]

Maida Vale

Maida Vale is an area of residential terraces and mansion blocks, defined at its southern end by the Regent’s and Grand Union Canals.[13]

Image Title / subject Location and
DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes
Memorial cross St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace

51°31′54″N 0°10′57″W
after 1918?? War memorial Grade II Commemorates parishioners who died in World War I.[14]

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Two Doves Warwick Crescent 1965William Mitchell / Malcolm ThackwrayMalcolm Thackwray Relief concrete sculpture N/A Adjacent plaque reads IN MEMORY OF ROBERT BROWNING / TWO DOVES / SYMBOLISING / PEACE LOVE AND LEARNNG.[15][16]
System No. 12 4 Maida Vale

51°31′35″N 0°10′43″W
2006Julian WildEDCO Design[17] Sculpture N/A A commission by the property developers Crest Nicholson.[18]
Mural Westminster Drug Project, Harrow Road

51°31′26″N 0°12′01″W
2009"Bleach", "Busk" and "Zadok" (from the Elsewhere Collective)N/A Mural N/A [19]


Paddington is the area west of Marylebone, in the postal district W2. Much of the recent public art in the area is connected to the Paddington Waterside developments.

Image Title / subject Location and
DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes
Peace, Plenty, Science and Industry Hilton London Paddington, Praed Street 1854John ThomasPhilip Charles Hardwick Architectural sculpture Grade II [20]

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Statue of Sarah Siddons Paddington Green

51°31′13″N 0°10′27″W
1897Léon-Joseph ChavalliaudN/A Statue Grade II Unveiled 14 June 1897 by Henry Irving.[21] Modelled after Sir Joshua Reynolds’s portrait Mrs Siddons as the Tragic Muse (1783), now in the Huntington Library in California. Siddons attended St Mary's Church on the Green and is buried in the churchyard, near her statue.[22]
War memorial St Mary Magdalene's Church, Rowington Close

51°31′20″N 0°11′20″W
after 1918Martin Travers? Crucifix N/A [23]

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Great Western Railway War Memorial Facing Platform 1, Paddington station

51°31′02″N 0°10′42″W
1922Charles Sargeant JaggerThomas S. Tait Stone screen with statue Grade I Unveiled 11 November 1922 (Armistice Day) by Viscount Churchill.[24] The figure of a soldier stands reading a letter from home in front of a panel of black marble, suggesting the entrance to a trench dugout.[25]
World War II Memorial Gates Norfolk Place, between St Mary's Hospital and medical school

51°31′02″N 0°10′23″W
1950 (unveiled)Charles WheelerN/A Wrought iron gates N/A Unveiled 20 July 1950.[26]
Paddington Boy Scouts Memorial Paddington Recreation Ground

51°31′45″N 0°11′27″W
1952 (unveiled)?N/A War memorial N/A Commemorates the Boy Scouts of Paddington killed in World War II. The symbol of a circle with a dot in the centre is a sign used by Scouts meaning "gone home".[27]
Murals Westway flyover, near Royal Oak tube station

51°31′11″N 0°11′26″W
1976–77Public Art Workshop (Desmond Rochford and David Savage)[28]N/A N/A Dedicated "to the working people of Paddington",[29] these were, at the time of their completion, the largest exterior murals in England.[30] A critic for the Observer noted shortly after their completion that "a large dose of social realism has done wonders for the grey desert of Royal Oak".[29]

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Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Paddington station 1982John DoubledayN/A Statue N/A Unveiled 26 May 1982. One of two statues of Brunel commissioned by the Bristol & West building society; its companion, a standing figure, was unveiled in Bristol the same day.[31] Originally stood on the main concourse at the entrance to the Underground; relocated in 1998.[22]
Tile motifs Paddington station 1984–1987David Hamilton? Overprinted industrial ceramic tiles N/A The scheme reproduces patent drawings for Marc Isambard Brunel's early tunnelling shield for the Thames Tunnel, a precursor to those used for the London Underground.[32]
The Messenger, or Getting Back on the Right Foot In front of St Mary’s Hospital, South Wharf Road

51°31′04″N 0°10′27″W
1993Allan SlyN/A Statue N/A [33][34]
Walking Man and Standing Man PaddingtonCentral

51°31′12″N 0°10′48″W
1998 and 2000Sean HenryN/A Statues N/A [35]

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Statue of Paddington Bear Paddington station 2000Marcus CornishN/A Statue N/A Unveiled 24 February 2000 by Michael Bond, the character's creator.[36] Represents his first appearance in A Bear Called Paddington (1958), sitting on a battered suitcase with a label round his neck reading "Please look after this bear. Thank you."[22]
The Family PaddingtonCentral (Sheldon Square)

51°31′10″N 0°10′49″W
2001Jon BuckN/A Sculptural group N/A Another cast is situated at Milton Keynes General Hospital.[35][37]
Untitled (Yellow) PaddingtonCentral (One Kingdom Street)

51°31′09″N 0°10′54″W
2001Stephen GontarskiN/A Sculpture N/A Made of glass fibre painted bright yellow and lacquered, the sculpture is intended to invite a "corporeal reception by the public" and to "create a heart in the midst of an urban setting."[38]
Lock, Level, Line West End Quay, Paddington Basin

51°31′07″N 0°10′17″W
2004Danny LaneN/A Sculptures N/A The work consists of four towers made from stacked corten steel and layered glass, which are intended to reflect the changing levels of water in the lock.[39]
Clove 2007 Cleveland Terrace

51°31′03″N 0°10′48″W
2007Bryan KnealeN/A Sculpture N/A [40]
Billy Bob & Mishke PaddingtonCentral

51°31′09″N 0°10′58″W
2008Gary WebbN/A Sculpture N/A Pendant sculptures, located in water features at the extreme edge of the PaddingtonCentral development, of metal frameworks which support "blobs" of steel, painted in bright colours.[35][38]
Europea 1 and Europea 2 PaddingtonCentral

51°31′09″N 0°10′52″W
2008John AikenN/A Sculptures N/A Twin sculptures fashioned from Portuguese silver-grey granite with coloured enamel panels attached.[35][38]
Panels Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital

51°31′03″N 0°10′28″W
2012[41]Julian OpieN/A Panels N/A Opie wished to go against the general trend of artworks in hospitals by producing works with the aim "not to calm but rather to enliven".[42]
Mary Seacole, Alan Turing and Michael Bond (pictured) St Mary's Square

51°31′13″N 0°10′36″W
2013?N/A Statues N/A Three two-dimensional steel statues of notable people who lived in Paddington, as voted for by local residents. From the Portrait Bench series of similar sculptures, commissioned by the charity Sustrans to stand along new cycling routes.[43]
Statue of Simon Milton Merchant Square 2014Bruce DennyN/A Statue N/A Unveiled 11 September 2014 by Eric Pickles.[44] Milton played an instrumental role in the regeneration of Paddington Basin and was a friend of the sculptor.[45]
Mural Grand Union Canal

51°31′22″N 0°11′31″W
Kevin HerlihyN/A Mural N/A Made of debris collected by Stowe Youth Club.[46]


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