Things to do in London

Culture and heritage

When it comes to culture, London is hard to beat. The city is constantly changing, meaning there’s almost always something new to see or do, with pop-up galleries and exhibitions springing up all the time. Make sure you don't miss the historical attractions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites too, like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey or the Palace of Westminster.


Book a tour of the impressive Houses of Parliament. Don't miss the ever-popular Tower of London, where you can see the Crown Jewels. Head to the British Museum to view the fascinating collections of artefacts, or enjoy a stroll around St James’s Park – the capital’s oldest Royal Park. And with quality food from Britain and around the world, a visit to Borough Market is sure to whet the appetite.

Food and drink

London is a world-class destination for food-lovers. With its smart restaurants, informal gastropubs, superb delis and buzzing cafés, there’s something for everyone. And the choice is outstanding – you'll find cuisine from around the globe and a huge selection of Michelin-starred restaurants too. Enjoy a curry in Brick Lane, or head to Chinatown in Soho.

Sports and outdoors

There’s no shortage of sporting action in London. It’s home to several of England's leading football clubs, there are 4 rugby union teams, and 2 test cricket grounds. If that wasn’t enough, each summer, the world’s greatest tennis players compete at Wimbledon. If you’re feeling active, why not hire a bike and cycle round one of London’s many parks.

Music and nightlife

London's music scene and heritage is truly spectacular. There are hundreds of live music venues, covering almost every genre imaginable. And across the city you’ll find famous musical landmarks and reminders of some of the capital’s biggest music stars. Have a night out in the West End, where you'll find world-famous musicals, shows and plays.


In London you can truly shop till you drop. There are thousands of stores to choose from, meaning you’re never likely to leave disappointed. Oxford Street is Europe's busiest shopping street, Bond Street is designer label paradise, and the street markets of Camden, Portobello Road and Brick Lane are perfect for vintage hunters.

The Paddington Area

Paddington has much more to offer than just our historic station. Rather than just passing through, why not stop and grab a bite to eat, take a stroll along the canal or check out one of the many things to do in the area?
To find out more visit our Paddington page.

Where do GWR trains to London arrive and depart?

GWR trains arrive and depart from London Paddington train station.

What London Underground services run from London Paddington?

The station is served by 4 London Underground lines - Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City Line.

Which train services run direct to London?

Trains run directly to London Paddington from a number of popular British destinations including Bristol, Bath, Oxford, Exeter and Cardiff.

When is the best time to travel to London by train?

Travelling off-peak will ensure you avoid the busiest services and take advantage of cheaper tickets.

Travelling outside of commuter times or at the weekends will make sure you beat the crowds.

What are the facilities at London Paddington Station?

London Paddington has free public WiFi, multiple retail outlets, a First Class lounge, left luggage facilities and public toilets.

Train tickets to London

Wherever you’re travelling from, you don’t need to break the bank when booking your London train tickets.
Consider these money saving options when you book and you’re bound to find a cheaper option.