Fountains Abbey

109 Praed St, London, W2 1RL
Call: 020 7723 2364

Stunning Victorian pub in the heart of Paddington

Fountains Abbey is a handsome Victorian pub on Praed Street close to Paddington station, Hyde Park and Marble Arch. This historic tavern, with its stunning Victorian features and welcoming ambience, was established in 1823 and took its name from ancient wells situated close by, and Westminster Abbey, under whose jurisdiction the inn and surrounding area fell. At the time the pub was built, this area of Paddington was known as Tyburnia, a fashionable district of tree-lined avenues and grand squares. Bordered by the Tyburn River and close to Hyde Park, it compared favourably with well-heeled Belgravia and attracted a wealthy clientele including MPs, surgeons and aristocrats. By contrast, the area is also well known for its grisly past as the location of Tyburn gallows, the historic site of London’s public executions for more than six centuries.

Directly opposite The Fountains Abbey, on the wall of Imperial College’s St Mary’s Hospital, a blue plaque commemorates the second floor laboratory where Nobel-prize winning biologist Sir Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin in 1928. Now a fascinating museum, his accidental discovery has become part of The Fountains Abbey folklore. Legend has it that the mould spores that grew on his discarded petri dish may have been encouraged by fumes from the brewing at the tavern.

Spacious function room close to Paddington station

If you are looking for a venue for your function in Paddington, The Fountains Abbey is the ideal location. Our upstairs dining room is available for hire for all types of events and celebrations, and can hold up to 50 guests seated and 100 standing. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and offer a delicious menu of food and drink that can be adapted to suit the needs of your guests. Our friendly team will be on hand to help you plan your function and ensure that every aspect runs smoothly.

Explore the cultural highlights of Paddington

This historic tavern is located in Paddington, an attractive area of London, dotted with Victorian and art deco buildings, and bordered by Hyde Park to the south. The Fountains Abbey is conveniently located next door Paddington Station, one of London’s main railway terminals, designed in 1854 by renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. His achievement is commemorated with a statue on Platform One, currently part of the Talking Statues project, voiced by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville. A statue of Paddington Bear, the much loved children’s book character by Michael Bond, also stands on the concourse.

A short walk down Marylebone Road brings you to Baker Street and the official residence of London’s favourite fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. It is also home to some of London’s most popular tourist attractions, including Madame Tussauds, The Sherlock Holmes Museum and London Zoo. Hyde Park, one of London’s eight Royal Parks, and Marble Arch are also nearby. It’s within this attractive area of London, close to major transportation links that you’ll find The Fountains Abbey, a wonderful location in central London to host your celebration.

Function Room Information - Lord Barton's Library
Capacity 30 Private Bar No
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type semi-private
Facilities TV,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Tour Groups, Weddings,
Function Room Information - Samuel Lane room
Capacity 60 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Available on Request Area Type private
Facilities Flip Chart and Pens, TV,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Tube Station to Fountains Abbey is Paddington