Pioneering Paddington

(2 customer reviews)

Edgware Road Circle and Metropolitan Line station - Chapel Street Exit

Guided by Charlie

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
6 April 2024 Special 10.45 am 12.45 pm Winter

Paddington is full of transport firsts – and this walk – a Charlie ‘special’ – explores them all.

You will see London’s first by-pass; the first omnibus terminus; the first canal basin;

where the first trains arrived; and the first underground stations.

Along the way you get the chance to appreciate the majesty of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Paddington station and the innovation that has grafted Crossrail into it.

And if it was Brunel then, it’s Richard Rogers and Terry Farrell creating a new canalside cityscape now.

This is a walk taking you from the deep past to a vision of the future finishing with the Elizabeth Line’s most imaginative creation.


2 reviews for Pioneering Paddington

  1. Michael and Hilary

    Absolutely fascinating and instructive – we learnt so much about the history of the railways and canals and much else. A wealth of research – and excellent entertainment!

  2. Lynette

    An excellent walk with the enthusiastic and engaging Charlie Forman, highlighting many “firsts” in the area and showing us the wonderful Paddington Station from all sides with a delightful walk along the canal.

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