Wednesday, September 6, 2017


I wasn't going to visit Paddington tube station as it is also on the Bakerloo line which I have previously explored but I remembered that there are two underground stations within Paddington mainline rail station which are not interlinked so a visit was in order.

I'm glad I did visit the station as there are two Circle line stations there. One is for the Bakerloo, District and Circle and the other one, at the Grand Union Canal side of Paddington, is for the Hammersmith and City and Circle lines. They are different. I hadn't realised that you actually visit Paddington twice on the Circle line.

This one is near the Praed Street entrance and serves the Circle, District and Bakerloo lines. From here the Circle line takes you to Edgware Road or anti clockwise on the Circle line via Victoria.

This is the entrance to the other underground station which serves the Hammersmith and City and Circle Lines

You would pick up the Circle line here to go to Hammersmith or clockwise on the Circle Line via King's Cross.

The main line rail station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel was built in 1854.

Paddington was the original Western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway.
To find out more about the area surrounding Paddington click here


  1. I could imagine a tourist getting hopelessly lost (for a few moments anyway).

  2. I have never fully understood how when we arrived at Paddington Station from Kings Cross, after arriving at St Pancras from Brussels, that we could not just walk straight out into Praed Street and instead found ourselves wandering along the canals of Paddington Basin. Now I do. We would have arrived from Kings Cross by the Circle Line and we were in the new station. Previously we arrived at Paddington on the Heathrow Express. All very clear now. Should the newer station carry a different name?

  3. Looks like a big place, Id just about need a map.

  4. It looks awfully confusing to an outsider. Needless to say we got lost on an underground station years ago when visiting London.


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