Located in central London, close to Bayswater and Marylebone, London Paddington Station is a major railway and underground station in the heart of the city. It is famous for the Paddington Bear which you can buy as gifts at the station. The Paddington Underground Station is on the Hammersmith and City Line, the Bakerloo line and the District and Circle lines. The Railway Trains are operated by First Great Western and Heathrow Express that takes less than 20 minutes for a non-stop journey from the Paddington Station to Heathrow Airport. It is the National Rail Station in London. It also serves as London Underground Complex since 1863 and is in Travelcard Zone 1.
London Paddington Station is the Central London terminus for a number of inner and outer London suburban services. It is also the London destination for services from Cardiff, Reading, Oxford, Bristol, Exeter and Penzance, amongst others. It has 14 terminal platforms dedicated for different services. Platform 6 and 7 are used by Heathrow Express, platform 13 and 14 by 2 and 3 car turbo trains, platform 1 to 5 and 8 to 12 by train station services and platform 15 and 16 by the London Underground’s Hammersmith & City Circle lines. South Western platforms serve long-distance trains and the North Eastern platforms service local trains. The station is served by Crossrail, Bakerloo Line, Circle, District and Hammersmith and City Lines. Bakerloo Line trains operate between Elephant & Castle and Harrow & Wealdstone stations. Stations from Wimbledon to Edgware road are served by the District Line. Hammersmith & City Line services stations between Hammersmith and Barking stations. Circle Line services stations from Hammersmith to Paddington via Aldgate and Victoria.
A Crossrail station is being built under Eastbourne Terrace, the road alongside the south-west side of the mainline station, and also under the adjacent taxi rank in the Departures Road. A new taxi rank is on the other side of the station, above Platform 12. Crossrail services are due to start in 2018. The new station box will be 23 metres deep and 260 metres long.
The various hotels near Paddington Station include Lancaster Gate Hotel, The Leonard Hotel, Shaftesbury Hyde Park International, Avon Hotel, Commodore Hotel, Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, Corus Hotel Hyde Park, The Montcalm, Presidential Marylebone, The Marble Arch London and The Royal Park Hotel are some of the best hotels with excellent amenities for leisure and business travellers alike, near Paddington Station.
Some of the notable tourist attractions near London Paddington Station include Hyde Park, Regents Canal and The Serpentine. The station is well connected to all destinations and has good transport links through buses, trains and taxis.