Paddington Station is a railway station and Underground service located on Praed Street in the Paddington area of London. The station is part of the London Borough of Westminster and was built by the famous British mechanical and civil engineer Islambard Kingdom Brunel, dating back to the year 1854. Paddington served as one of the original stations for the first underground network, originally named the Metropolitan railway. This dates back to the year 1863.
Paddington station has fourteen platforms and the high speed and long distance trains run on the Great Western Railway service. From Paddington station one can reach Didcot, Reading, Bristol, Oxford and much of the West Country as well as many other stations. The Underground service runs on the Bakerloo, District, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines. There are also many bus routes connecting from Paddington station including the 7, 23, 27, 36, 46, 205, 332 and 436 buses.
Paddington Station was made famous by Michael Bond’s children’s book series Paddington Bear who was named after the station. Paddington is now a live action film starring Nicole Kidman and Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville. The station itself features in the film and many Paddington Bear related products can be bought in the stations very own gift shop dedicated to the furry character. Other famous uses for Paddington Station have been the 1952 Agatha Christie novel 4.50 from Paddington in which a passenger witnesses a murder on the titular train leaving from Paddington station. In one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Sherlock Holme’s novels, The Hound of the Baskerville’s, Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes travel from Paddington Station to Dartmoor to investigate their case. This is a trip that visitors to Paddington Station can actually take on the Great Western Rail service if they want to retrace the famous detective’s footsteps!
Aside from the Paddington Bear Gift Shop, travellers can also find a plethora of other services. Paddington Station holds an Isle of Flowers flower shop, a WH Smith, Accessorize, Fat Face clothes, Hotel Chocolat and a Kiehl’s shop. Customers can eat at a variety of different restaurants including a McDonald’s, Burger King, Nam Po, Pret a Manger, Upper Crust and a Wasabi. For alcohol and coffee there is a Beer House, Starbucks, a Fuller’s pub and a Costa Coffee.
Whether you are coming or going from the station, there are many landmarks in the Paddington area. Kensington Gardens is a short walk away as is Hyde Park, Regent’s park and Regent’s Canal. For tourist attractions the Sherlock Holmes museum and Madame Tussauds waxworks are in walking distance as is the Wallace Collection.
For directions from the Park Grand Hotel Lancaster Gate one can simply walk up Leinster Terrace and take a right on Craven Road. This will lead you directly to Paddington Station and is a mere five minute walk away.