Paddington Station was designed by Victorian architect, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The first – temporary – site opened in 1838 as a service between Paddington, London and Taplow in Maidenhead. The main station was built between Bishop’s Bridge Road and Praed Street and opened on the 29th May 1854, along with The Great Western Hotel which was built to accommodate travellers.
Restoration work was done in the 21st century to preserve the roofing and ornamental tracing so that passengers can continue to enjoy the Victorian and Edwardian splendour of the station.
Today, Paddington Station is the 7th busiest station in the UK and had 35.094 million passengers entering and exiting its doors between 2013-2014.
Paddington Station Shops
Paddington Station has a variety of shops:
Two Branches of WH Smith : (one on the lower ground floor at the London Underground entrance is open Mon-Fri 7.00am-21.00pm, Sat 8.00am-20.30pm and Sun 9.00am-21.00pm and one on the ground floor of the lawn is open Mon-Fri 6.45am-20.30pm, Sat 7.30am-20.00pm and Sun 7.00am-19.00pm.
Vodafone Store: at the main concourse in front of platforms 9 and 10. It is open Mon-Fri 8.30am-20.00pm, Sat 9.30am-18.00pm and Sun 11am-17.00pm.
Whistlestop: open seven days a week, 8.30am-19.30pm, located next to Vodafone.
TM Lewin: on the ground floor of the lawn, open Mon-Fri 7.30am-19.30pm, Sat 9.00am-18.00pm and Sun 10.00am-18.00pm.
Timpson locksmith’s: on the lower ground floor, open seven days a week, 8.00am-18.00pm.
Paperchase: – located on the mezzanine of the lawn, open Mon-Fri 7.30am-20.00pm.
Journey’s Friend: alongside platform 1, open Mon-Thurs 7.00am-21.00pm, Fri 7.00am-22.00pm and Sun 8.00am-22.00pm.
Funky Pigeon: on the main concourse near platforms 1 and 2, open Mon-Fri 7.30am-20.00pm, Sat 10.00am-19.00pm and Sun 10.00am-18.00pm.
Accessorize: On the ground floor of the lawn, open Mon-Sat 8.00am-20.00pm and Sun 10.00am-18.00pm.
Doddle (an online order delivery depot): Near platform 12, open Mon-Fri 7.00am-20.00pm, Sat 9.00am-17.00pm and Sun 10.00am-16.00pm.
Savanna: On the lower ground floor at London Underground, open Mon-Fri 7.00am-20.00pm and Sat-Sun 9.00am-18.00pm.
Paddington Bear at Paddington Station: Paddington Station wouldn’t be complete without Paddington bear! This shop is on the mezzanine of the lawn and is open Mon-Fri 7.00am-18.30pm, Sat 9.00am-18.30pm and Sun 9.00am-19.00pm.
There is a luggage hold so you can go shopping without your cases and a bureau de change. If you’re feeling a bit peckish the station also has an impressive number of food outlets.
Places to Eat at Paddington Station
Starbucks: This provides an eat in or takeaway service. It is on the upper mezzanine of The Lawn, next to the Paddington London Hilton Executive Lounge. Open Mon-Fri 6.10am-21.00pm and Sat-Sun 7.00am-20.30pm.
Upper Crust (two Kiosks): One located on the main concourse near the escalators, Open Mon-Fri 7.00am-20.00pm and the other located on the main concourse in front of platforms 7 and 8, open Mon-Sat 4.30-2.00 and Sun 5.00-2.00.
Pret a Manger: On platform 1, open Mon-Fri 5.00am-23.00pm, Sat 5.00am-22.00pm and Sun 7.00am-22.00pm.
Patisserie Valerie: On the upper mezzanine of The Lawn. Open from Mon-Sat 7.30am-19.30pm and Sunday 9.00am-17.00pm.
The Pastry Shop: On the main concourse near platforms 11 and 12. Open Mon-Sun 6.30-00.30.
Millies Cookies (Kiosk): On the main concourse, close to the escalators to the upper mezzanine. Open Mon-Weds 7.00am-22.00pm, Thurs-Sun 7.00am-22.30pm.
Nam Po: On the main concourse close to Praed Street exit. Open 10.00-1.00.
The Mad Bishop and Bear: On the upper mezzanine of the lawn. Open Mon-Thurs 8.00am-23.00pm, Fri 8.00am-23.30pm, Sat 8.00am-23.00pm and Sun 10.00am-22.30pm.
The Beer House (traditional pub): On the main concourse near platforms 10 and 11. Open Mon-Weds 10.00am-23.00pm, Thurs-Fri 10.00am-23.45pm, Sat 10.00am-23.00pm and Sun 10.00am-22.00pm.
McDonald’s: On the main concourse along platform 1. Open Mon-Weds 7.00am-21.00pm, Fri 7.00am-22.00pm and Sat-Sun 8.00am-22.00pm.
Yo! Sushi: On the ground floor of the lawn. Open seven days a week, 11.00am-21.00pm.
There’s also a Sainsbury’s Local if you need to stock up on supplies before you reach your destination. It is on the ground floor of the lawn and is open all week, 6.00am-23.59pm.
Paddington Station Left Luggage
You can leave your luggage at Excess Baggage Co on platform 12, open all week from 7.00am-23.00pm. If you have high value items, a large amount of luggage or heavy items you can pre-book storage by calling 020 7262 0344.
Paddington Station Parking
Paddington Station Car Park is at:
Bishop’s Bridge Road
London W2 6AA
Tel: 0345 222 4224.
Monday to Friday
The charges are as follows:
Up to 1 hour: £3.10
Up to 3 hours: £9.20
Up to 6 hours: £16.00
Up to 12 hours: £20.00
Up to 24 hours: £25.00
The night rate is £10.00.
Paddington Station nearby Attractions
There are lots of attractions near Paddington Station:
- The Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
- Hyde Park Stables
- Paddington Waterside
- Kensington Gardens
- Wallace Collection
- Royal Albert Hall
- Trinity Arts Centre
- Subway Gallery
- Art Work Space: The Hempel Hotel
- Heatherwick’s Rolling Bridge
- Puppet Theatre Barge, Little Venice