Trainspotting has been a pastime for many hobbyists across the UK since the invention of the very first steam train all those years ago. Over the decades there have been all kinds of advancements in the rail industry, giving avid spotters more and more interesting models to search for.
London is full of locations where trainspotters and railway enthusiasts can get their fix. Be sure to check out our budget accommodation London so you can start your London trainspotting adventure. Whether you’re hoping to document some interesting and rare trains or looking to treat yourself to some train-themed gifts, this guide will point you in the right direction.
London’s biggest train station is one of the most popular transport hubs in the UK and is used by millions of people every week as a gateway into the city. There are hundreds of trains coming in and out of the station every day, which means that you’ll have plenty of chances to see all kinds of different styles and models.
Just around the corner from the Park Grand London hotel in Lancaster Gate is one of the most famous railway stations in the UK. Paddington is a bustling station full of shops and eateries, which means you can keep yourself going during your day of spotting.
This iconic train station has been featured in a number of songs and has become one of the most popular in London. The busy station sees hundreds of trains pass through every day so be sure to check the schedules and keep an eye out for any rare finds.
London Transport Museum
Covent Garden, London
If you’re a railway enthusiast heading to the Park Grand London, be sure to visit the London Transport Museum for a day you’ll never forget. The museum is home to the UK’s largest collection of transport related artefacts and memorabilia. Learn about how the public transport systems throughout London have evolved over the years and how the Tube was designed and created decades ago.
The museum showcases rare vehicles, including vintage trains and classic buses. There’s no better place to learn about the history of trains in the UK and how advancements have helped them change over the years. Be sure to take your camera along and get some amazing shots of the breathtaking collections at the London Transport Museum.
Kew Bridge Steam Museum
Kew Bridge, London
For anyone with an interest in classic trains and vintage steam engines, this museum in Kew Bridge is the best place to learn about the history of and the science behind them. Spend the day browsing a vast collection of steam engines and learn how the first trains were put to use on the railways of Britain. This is a great opportunity to get your kids interested in trains if you’re on a family holiday. The intriguing exhibits are sure to give you something to tell your friends about when you get back home.