Paddington railway station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and opened in 1854.
The station was recently refurbished, with a new concourse designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners. Today you'll find a great selection of shops, restaurants and takeaways at the station, as well as a champagne bar.
Since the 1960s, Paddington station has been synonymous with the marmalade-loving children's book character, Paddington Bear. You'll find a charming bronze statue of Paddington Bear under the clock on Platform 1, where the Brown family found him in the first book. There is also a dedicated Paddington Bear shop in the station that's great for souvenirs and gifts.
Trains to London Paddington
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Travel to Paddington
There is a London Underground (Tube) station at Paddington, so you can transfer directly from your train onto the Tube. Paddington is in Zone 1 on the Hammersmith and City Line, Circle Line, District Line and Bakerloo Line.
If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.
If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card at the Tube station. Learn more about Oyster Cards.
Near Paddington Station
It's only a 10 minute walk from Paddington station to Hyde Park.
The recently renovated Paddington Basin offers several trendy venues in which you can drink and dine by the tranquil water. Look out for the rolling bridge, which curls up like a caterpillar in order to let boats through.
Just a short walk from Paddington station, you'll find Regent's Canal and the picturesque area of Little Venice. Take a walk along the canal and you'll discover waterside restaurants and lots of colourful canal boats.
Paddington station is also convenient for the shopping districts of Marylebone, Westbourne Grove and Bayswater, which also contains an ice-rink and bowling alley. If you're a fan of Lebanese food, stop off at one of Edgware Road's many cafés on your way to London's West End.
Paddington Station Hotels
There's an excellent choice of hotels near Paddington station, including:
- Hilton London Paddington
- St David & Norfolk Court
- Hilton London Metropole
- The Colonnade
- Barry House Hotel
- The Novotel London Paddington
- The Caesar