Designed by one of Britain’s greatest civil engineers Isambard Kingdom Brunel, London Paddington Station links the capital with a number of other major towns and cities, with trains to Reading, Swindon, Bath, Cardiff and more.

Originally opened as a temporary terminus in 1838, the now iconic station became a permanent fixture of the London railway map in 1954. Today, an estimated 60,000 people use Paddington Station every day, whether commuting or visiting nearby tourist attractions like Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Regent’s Canal.

In addition to appearing in novels by Agatha Christie and others, the station lends its name to the fictional ‘Paddington Bear’ of Michael Bond’s beloved children’s book series. And in the first book, the marmalade-loving bear is found at the station having arrived made the long journey to the UK from Peru.

London Paddington Station has undergone a number of improvements in recent years, including a new entrance and concourse for its Hammersmith & City London Underground line, as well as new stairways, extended platforms and better ticketing and security facilities.

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