Lancaster Gate London Underground
Lancaster Gate is located in Central London
Lancaster Gate
Lancaster Gate
Location of Lancaster Gate in Central London
Local authorityWestminster
Managed byLondon Underground
Station codeLAG[1]
Number of platforms2
Fare zone1
OSIPaddington Elizabeth line National Rail[2]
London Underground annual entry and exit
2018Decrease 6.20 million[3]
2019Increase 6.63 million[4]
2020Decrease 1.50 million[5]
2021Increase 2.67 million[6]
2022Increase 3.65 million[7]
Key dates
30 July 1900Opened
Other information
External links
WGS8451°30′42″N 0°10′32″W / 51.51175°N 0.175472°W / 51.51175; -0.175472
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Lancaster Gate is a London Underground station located on the Central line near Lancaster Gate on Bayswater Road in Paddington (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.


Station in 2002 before the facade was reclad

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.[8] The hotel received planning permission for the re-cladding to include the station façade.[9]


Lancaster Gate was closed from July to November 2006 so that the lifts and other parts of the station could be refurbished.[10] The station's chronic lift failures were considered by Transport for London to be a safety hazard and an inconvenience to passengers. Patronage has increased over the years and as a result the station's small ticket hall area is often congested, especially at weekends.[11]

Lancaster Gate station was also closed from January to June 2017 for complete replacement of the lifts.[12] Due to the small size of the station, it was not feasible to do one lift at a time, so it was deemed necessary to close the entire station.


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" did not include using Lancaster Gate as a means of getting from Paddington to the Central line.[13]


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



  1. ^ "Station Codes" (PDF). Transport for London. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Out of Station Interchanges" (XLSX). Transport for London. 16 June 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Station Usage Data" (CSV). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2018. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 14 January 2023. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  4. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2019. Transport for London. 23 September 2020. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2020. Transport for London. 16 April 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2021. Transport for London. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Station Usage Data" (XLSX). Usage Statistics for London Stations, 2022. Transport for London. 4 October 2023. Retrieved 10 October 2023.
  8. ^ "Royal Lancaster Hotel" (PDF). Eric Parry Architects. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Planning Application Ref: 00/05762/FULL" (PDF). City of Westminster. 1 March 2001. drawings EPA/RLH/P 1106 and 1204revP2. Retrieved 26 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Lancaster Gate Closure" (PDF). Transport for London. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2006.
  11. ^ Modernisation and lift refurbishment for Lancaster Gate Transport for London Retrieved 2009-06-18
  12. ^ "Lancaster Gate station closure". Transport for London. Archived from the original on 29 January 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Central London Rail Termini: Analysing passengers' onward travel patterns" (PDF). September 2011. p. 141. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
Preceding station London Underground Following station
Queensway Central line Marble Arch