Dragon Boat Regatta, Merchant Square Paddington

Merchant Square works closely with a number of local groups and charities. Each quarter we support a different cause.

Cosmic Charity duck race Merchant Square, Paddington


We are proud to work with COSMIC  – the charity that supports the children’s and neonatal intensive care units at St Mary’s & Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. We support in any way we can – from collecting Christmas presents to organising and providing space for events such as the annual Rubber Duck Race and the famous Dragon Boat Regatta. This fun and friendly competition raises vital funds for COSMIC –  £27,000 in 2019! After two years of race cancellations, we hope to do even better this summer.

Community work - the Merchant Square team

Paddington Partnership’s Community Programme

Merchant Square works closely with the Paddington Partnership’s Community Programme to build relationships with local charities and schools. We recently hosted private cinema screenings for the service users of PiP and LDN London – two amazing local charities supporting adults with learning disabilities. Our team has also helped transform an unused outdoor space at LDN London’s Drop-in Centre into a garden with sensory elements.

Active 360

Our local waterways have so much to offer but are often blighted by litter and plastic waste. Active 360, the Paddleboarding operator at Merchant Square, is passionate about the health of our waters and aquatic ecosystems. They organise individuals and local businesses out onto the water to pick up floating trash from paddleboards and canoes. Our recent Paddle & Pick event for the Great British Spring Clean event was a huge success.

The Green Team Foodbank at Merchant Square Paddington

North Paddington Food Bank

Merchant Square supports the North Paddington Food Bank, a charity that serves individuals and families living in North Westminster experiencing food poverty. Our team is involved in many activities, including constructing shelves for the Food Bank’s storage facilities and collecting and sorting food.

The Marylebone Project collection Merchant Square, Paddington

The Marylebone Project

Merchant Square supports the Marylebone Project by collecting toiletries for the homeless. The charity provides 112 long- and short-term beds to homeless women and offers essential facilities and support to women who visit their rough sleeper’s drop-in at the Marylebone Centre. The centre also delivers education, employment and training opportunities to support service users on their journey towards independent living.

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The Floating Pocket Park flowers, Merchant Square, Paddington


By working together, we are creating a canalside community that has minimal and even a positive impact on our environment.

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Event at Merchant Square, Paddington

What’s On

See all the free events and activities at Merchant Square. Free open-air film screenings, dragon boat racing, summer concerts...

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GoBoat self-drive electric boats for hire from Merchant Square

See & Do

Explore London's waterways by boat or by board. Check out the fountain maze, the floating park & more.

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