London Paddington is one of Britain's most beloved and important railway stations. The historic headquarters of the Great Western Railway, the original building was designed by GWR chief engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and there is a statue of the great man between platforms 8 and 9. Paddington's first train station opened on Bishop's Bridge Road in 1838, but the Brunel-built station opened in 1854 - and the surviving wrought iron roofs that stretch across the platforms are a marvel to this day. Paddington provides services to and from the West Country and South Wales and to the suburban areas of West London and the Thames Valley. The station is situated in the middle of many tourist attractions, including the vast greenery of Hyde Park, the charming Regent's Canal and art hub The Serpentine. Since the 1960s, Paddington station has been known as the home of everybody's favourite cuddly toy, Paddington Bear, and you'll find a bronze statue of Paddington Bear under the clock on platform 1.
|Everyday||Open 24 hours|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Travel card zone||Zone 1|
|Left Luggage phone number||0207 262 0344|
|Left Luggage Website||http://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php|
|Shops note||News agent Flower stall Shoe repairer Wide range of shops Mini supermarket Pharmacy Convenience store High street shops Off Licence Passport Photo Booth|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Station Buffet notes|
Coffee shop Buffet Coffee kiosk Public House/Bar Food outlet (Seating available) Food outlet (Seating unavailable)
Located on concourse
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Toilets notes||Accessible toilets are located on Platforms 1 & 12 and baby changing facility's can be found on Platform 12|
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|Web kiosk hours||<table><thead><th>Day</th><th>Opening Hours</th></thead><tr><td>Weekdays</td><td>Open 24 hours</td></tr><tr><td>Saturday </td><td>Open 24 hours</td></tr><tr><td>Sunday </td><td>Open 24 hours</td></tr></table>|
|Staff Help notes|
Assistance is available to and from platforms. Please contact customer services of the appropriate train operator, 48 hours in advance: First Great Western - 0800 197 1329 Heathrow Express - 0208 757 2700
|Customer Service notes|
Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||APCOA Parking (UK) Limited|
|Car parking spaces||152|
|Cycle storage spaces||682|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
On platform 8/9 and 10
|Cycle storage notes||Spaces on platform 8 and 9 have unrestricted access for all station users. Spaces on platform 10 are for season ticket holders who must be registered. (330 spaces on platform 10)|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
Disabled passengers can access all areas of the station via lifts and escalators. There is level access to all platforms including access to the London Underground via lifts and escalators.
All exits in the station are able to be accessed by disabled passengers.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
|Accessible taxis notes|
All London Black Cabs can accommodate wheelchair passengers without wheelchair users having to leave their wheelchair. There is also a separate collection point for prebooked taxis also further away from the lifts.
|Weekdays||05:30 - 23:59|
|Sunday||16:00 - 23:59|
All First Class
The First Class lounge offers the choice of a modern, comfortable bar area or the traditional, Victorian feel lounge.
The modern extension has armchairs and tables with a bar offering complimentary refreshments. It also has workstations with access to the Internet.
There is a large screen TVs showing Sky News and also a departures board showing train times.
The Victorian lounge offers old world splendour and comfort, with large armchairs and soft lighting, making it the perfect area to relax.
There is also a pre-bookable conference room which can seat up to eight people. Call 0207 313 1109 for more information.
Bar offering complimentary refreshments
Concessions for Standard Class sleeper customers
The main entrance to the station from street level is from Praed Street, with further entrances from the London Underground station and the canal footpath. Paddington has fourteen platforms. Platforms 6 and 7 are dedicated to the Heathrow Express, and platforms 13 and 14, for local commuter services. The spacious concourse is at the head of platforms 1 to 12 and a footbridge, which crosses the northwestern end of the station, accesses all platforms. Toilets are by platform 12.