London Paddington railway station is the terminus for the Great Western Railway and it was the original terminus for the world’s first underground rail line.
The following train operating companies use Paddington railway station:
- Chiltern Railways have a very limited service to South Ruislip
- The Elizabeth line now operates the old Heathrow Connect service to Heathrow Airport
- Heathrow Express runs an express service to Heathrow Airport
- Great Western Railway (GWR) operate the majority of routes in and out of Paddington railway station with services to Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Exeter, Gloucester, Oxford, Penzance, Plymouth, Reading and Worcester.
Paddington is the main terminus for trains to south Wales and the West Country with services to Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Exeter, Penzance, Plymouth, Hereford and Worcester. Heathrow Express trains and TfL Rail (the Elizabeth line) to Heathrow Airport also terminate here.
Rail services from Paddington station include two trains per hour to Bath, two trains per hour to Bristol, two trains per hour to Cardiff, one train per hour to Exeter, six trains per hour to Heathrow Airport, two trains per hour to Oxford, one train per hour to Penzance, one train per hour to Plymouth, nine trains per hour to Reading, six trains per hour to Slough, four trains per hour to Swindon and one train every two hours to Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa.
The station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer who was also responsible for building the Great Western Railway in addition to several bridges (including the Clifton Suspension Bridge) and transatlantic ships (including the SS Great Britain).
The station has excellent facilities with lots of shops as well as a good choice of places to eat and drink inside the station. Shops at Paddington station include Boots the chemist, Cards Galore, Fatface, M&S Simply Food, Paperchase, Sainsbury’s Local, Pink, Vodafone, WHSmith newsagents and a Paddington Bear shop. Places to eat and drink include Bagel Factory, Bar Burrito, Burger King, Caffè Nero, Costa, Delice de France, Leon, McDonalds, Pret, Starbucks, The Pasty Shop, Upper Crust and the Mad Bishop & Bear pub.
Paddington railway station was made famous by the Paddington Bear children’s books (and also by the Paddington Bear films). The story goes that Paddington Bear arrived at the station from deepest, darkest Peru with a note attached to his coat saying “Please look after this bear, thank you”. The station is also mentioned in the Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes novels.
The immediate Bayswater and Paddington neighbourhoods are home to many hostels and cheap hotels making it a conveniently located station for many budget travellers.