London Paddington Station
| The site of the Western Terminus for the world's first underground railway London Paddington, known to locals just as Paddington, has been open since 1838. Many of the station's historic features have been retained through recent renovations and Paddington now serves as an undergound station, mainline station as well as the London stop for the high-speed Heathrow Express. |
Paddington is used for long-distance services to the West Country (Bristol, Bath, Penzance to name a few) as well as the South of Wales. Also accessible from Paddington are local services to the suburbs of West London. The Heathrow Express runs trains between Heathrow Airport and Paddington. These services use Platforms 6-7 and you can choose between the Heathrow Express service which runs a direct non-stopping service or the Heathrow Connect service which runs along the same route but stops at most local stations.
As mentioned earlier Paddington is also connected to the London Underground. It is a useful Underground Station with many lines inter-changing. The Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, District, Circle and Bakerloo lines all call at Paddington.
Many tourists will of course associate the name Paddington with a little bear from Peru that was found at the station with note reading 'please look after this bear' in the popular children's books. There is actually a statue of Paddington Bear on the station concourse as well as a shop selling all sorts of bear paraphernalia. Keep an eye out for Paddington Bear if you happen to be passing through.