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Lancaster Gate tube station

Lancaster Gate
Lancaster Gate is located in Central London
Lancaster Gate
Location of Lancaster Gate in Central London
Location Bayswater Road
Local authority Westminster
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 1
OSI Paddington [1]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2011 6.68 million[2]
2012 6.70 million[2]
2013 6.79 million[2]
2014 6.55 million[2]
Key dates
1900 Opened
Other information
Lists of stations
London Transport portal

Lancaster Gate is a London Underground station located on the Central line near Lancaster Gate on Bayswater Road in Bayswater (City of Westminster), to the north of Kensington Gardens. It is between Queensway and Marble Arch on the Central line and is in Travelcard Zone 1.


  • History 1
    • Renovation 1.1
  • Location 2
  • Connections 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5


Lancaster Gate station was opened on 30 July 1900 by the Central London Railway (now the Central line). The original station building was typical of the work of the line's original architect Harry Bell Measures. It was demolished and a new surface building constructed as part of the development above in 1968. The development was designed by T P Bennett & Son as an office block but converted soon after into a hotel. In 2004-05 the lower floors of the hotel were re-clad in white stone to a design by Eric Parry Architects.[3] The hotel received planning permission for the re-cladding to include the station façade,[4] but this did not proceed.


The station was closed from 3 July 2006 until 13 November 2006, so that the lifts and station could be refurbished.[5] The station's chronic lift failures were considered by Transport for London to be a safety hazard and an inconvenience to passengers. Passenger numbers have increased over the years and as a result the station's small ticket hall area is often severely congested, especially at the weekends due to the numerous hotels in the area.[6]


Despite its name, the station is close to the Marlborough Gate entrance to Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, about 300m to the east of the Lancaster Gate entrance.

The station is within walking distance of Paddington station, providing a convenient interchange between the Central line and the main line station, although this is not highlighted on the Underground map. Transport for London's September 2011 report "Central London Rail Termini: Analysing passengers' onward travel patterns" is based on a survey which failed to include Lancaster Gate as a means of getting from Paddington to destinations on the Central line.[7]


London Buses routes 46, 274, 94, 148 and 390 and night route N207 serve the station



  1. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLS).  
  2. ^ a b c d "Multi-year station entry-and-exit figures" (XLS). London Underground station passenger usage data.  
  3. ^ "Royal Lancaster Hotel" (PDF). Eric Parry Architects. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Planning Application Ref: 00/05762/FULL" (PDF). City of Westminster. 1 March 2001. drawings EPA/RLH/P 1106 and 1204revP2. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  5. ^ "Lancaster Gate Closure" (PDF).  
  6. ^ Modernisation and lift refurbishment for Lancaster Gate Transport for London Retrieved 2009-06-18
  7. ^ "Central London Rail Termini: Analysing passengers' onward travel patterns" (PDF). September 2011. p. 142. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
Preceding station   London Underground   Following station
Central line
towards Epping, Hainault
or Woodford (via Hainault)
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