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London Paddington Railway Station (PAD)

Praed St, Paddington, Greater London, W2 1HQ, United Kingdom
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    Paddington Bear’ was written by Michael Bond in 1958. His bear arrived here somehow from ‘deepest, darkest Peru’ and was named after the station. You can find a statue of him near the escalators.

    HISTORY UK · February 15, 2011
  • Alan P.

    don't get sucked in to the cheap coffee on the main hall, head up stairs and there's a secret Starbucks!

    Alan Parker · November 20, 2009
  • djcodeblue

    The national rail site/mobile app usually has the platform number before the screens do

    djcodeblue · August 19, 2010
  • Jonathan C.

    Excellent if you require a train.

    Jonathan Capps · August 13, 2010
  • Sebastian S.

    If you need to go to Heathrow Airport, you have three alternatives from here: the underground, the cheapest but it takes 1 hour at least. The second alternative is the Heathrow Connect service, a reas

    Sebastian Sanhueza Ramos · May 31, 2010
  • Paul N.

    30p to use the toilets. Go on the train before you arrive.

    Paul Neades · May 12, 2010
  • Emma D.

    Want to get on the Central line from Paddington without faffing around with the Circle/Bakerloo lines? Take a quick walk to Lancaster Gate tube station through Sussex Gardens

    Emma Duke · March 18, 2010
  • Paul K.

    Stop by and visit Paddington Bear. He lives in front of the Krispy Kreme, it's not his fault he thought they had marmalade filled donuts...

    Paul Kardous · July 17, 2010
  • Rhys H.

    If you're looking out for Paddington bear then you are a fool.

    Rhys Howell · May 16, 2010
  • woodrowhill

    Avoid at 7pm on a Friday at all costs!

    woodrowhill · August 14, 2010
  • Blog O.

    On this day 10th January 1863 London Underground, the world's oldest underground railway, opens between London Paddington & Farringdon

    Blog On The Block · January 10, 2011
  • Lewis W.

    Try the trains, they're excellent.

    Lewis Webb · April 17, 2012
  • Holger L.

    Nice, Heathrow Express offer free wifi. I didn't know that...

    Holger Luedorf · September 26, 2012
  • Marc B.

    If you want the central line, walk to Lancaster Gate. Much quicker than changing + you get fresh air :)

    Marc Bloch · November 21, 2010
  • Gwyn W.

    Have a pint in the bear... you know you want to.

    Gwyn Williams · April 1, 2010
  • Gari D.

    Trains very rarely arrive in time... Don't worry too much if you're running late to meet them. Pretty ridiculous!

    Gari Davies · June 17, 2011
  • Fiona C.

    There is a Cafe Paul upstairs in the glasses in shopping section for nicer baguettes, tartes and coffee

    Fiona Cloke · January 9, 2010
  • CopyBeard

    If you need a train from Paddington, then you could do much worse than visiting Paddington Station.

    CopyBeard · September 14, 2010
  • Mark D.

    For fast trains to Reading, look for a * on the depatures board

    Mark Deakin · May 21, 2010
  • QP

    I share your pain when you can't find your ticket, or when the stupid machine won't accept it, I really do, but blocking the exit like a gormless tw*t just makes me want to punch you. In the face.

    QP · March 7, 2012
  • Simon J.

    Brunel's great shed has huge atmosphere which must partly be down to the thousands of teary goodbyes and joyous reunions its witnessed over the past 150 years. Read more

    Simon Jenkins · June 13, 2011
  • Katharine R.

    The Bagel Factory is great - Marmite bagel for a bargain breakfast or a 'Little Italy' for a tasty lunch :)

    Katharine Robinson · July 15, 2010
  • Mark D.

    If you want to get a fast train to Reading, look for one with a * next to it on the departures board on the left after you come through the tube barriers

    Mark Deakin · May 19, 2010
  • Cal

    Look Up! The Third Arch is stunning

    Cal · October 31, 2011
  • Chris Y.

    Heat rises, so when it's cold, head up the escalators to the top of the glassed-in area where there's a Paul and an Eat.

    Chris Yanda · March 8, 2010
  • Ed B.

    From here First Great Western attempt, but often fail, to run a railway.

    Ed Baker · September 22, 2011
  • Dan C.

    Use the iPhone or android national rail app. Told me the platform number before the station did

    Dan Carter · July 18, 2010
  • Dan M.

    Buses 7,15 and 23 go to Oxford Circus no slower than tube but are cheaper and less crowded ;)

    Dan M · February 18, 2010
  • Ree S.

    There is a bear in this picture!

    Ree Saunders · April 24, 2012
  • Gareth O.

    Platforms 13 & 14 are about three miles away. Trains are put on the board as late as possible to make you run for them.

    Gareth Owens · October 3, 2011
  • Mike B.

    To spend a civilised penny here - go upstairs to the hotel.

    Mike Briercliffe · September 15, 2011
  • Marco E.

    I found the Paddington bear!

    Marco Ermini · November 5, 2011
  • Alistair

    Go to and put in your travel details to get times AND platforms! Handy for platforms 13 and 14

    Alistair · September 18, 2011
  • rosie s.

    Avoid terrible breakfast options downstairs. Head to Sloe Bar upstairs and order the bacon & egg on a muffin. So delicious & super quick! Plus, let's be honest, English bacon is the best ;)

    rosie siman · September 5, 2011
  • Steve A.

    As a commuter in the rush hour, recommend sitting in a reserved seat if that's all that left. Rarely do people turn up.

    Steve Annetts · August 4, 2011
  • Andy M.

    Watch your bags while you wait for your train. A couple sitting next to me almost had theirs pinched because they weren't paying attention :(

    Andy McLoughlin · July 2, 2011
  • Tom G.

    The National Rail iPhone app seems to list the platform number for Bristol trains a good while before the departure signs. Good for getting to the front of the mob

    Tom Gidden · May 9, 2010
  • Ray F.

    For a long distance journey buy a second class ticket and a First class single to Slough. Then you can use the 1st class lounge to wait

    Ray Fowler · February 26, 2013
  • Mark H.

    DO NOT throw your train ticket away!

    Mark Horvath · December 4, 2012
  • David B.

    If you like gummy candy, stop by the stand near the Heathrow Express tracks. Interesting selection.

    David Ban · July 26, 2012
  • Kate M.

    Don't pay 30p to use the loos. Head to the back of the station and use the ones in the Hilton hotel.

    Kate M · June 24, 2011
  • Vicki M.

    For peak times, check national rail for the platform number before its announced, seat guarenteed

    Vicki Maggs · June 7, 2011
  • Rebecca H.

    Always wrap up warm, this station is really cold!

    Rebecca Holbourn · March 27, 2011
  • Genevieve E.

    In the ladies' toilet, turn right instead of going through the turnstile - you can get in for free through the exit gate!

    Genevieve Easton · October 10, 2010
  • Dave C.

    If you don't smoke enter the station via the Hilton Hotel. It will save you from the clouds of smoke from the smokers at the main entrance!

    Dave Clarke · April 3, 2014
  • Donald B.

    Named after this bear.

    Donald Burke · January 7, 2014
  • Max P.

    Always have the mixed meet platter up in the restaurant - the advantage of high ground

    Max Patey · August 12, 2013
  • Nicola G.

    Avoid the pick and mix stall on the main concourse. It is extortionate!

    Nicola Grace · March 22, 2012
  • Hugo P.

    Leave your used Travelcard at the bottom of the escalator from the main concourse so that others can use it again

    Hugo Pickering · October 3, 2011
  • Hugo P.

    Leave your spent travelcard at the bottom of the down escalator to the underground from the main cso others can use it again.

    Hugo Pickering · October 3, 2011