London Gateway Services
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The main building
London Gateway Services is located in Greater London
London Gateway Services
London Gateway Services
Location in Greater London, England
London Gateway Services is located in London Borough of Barnet
London Gateway Services
London Gateway Services
Location in Barnet, London
London Gateway Services is located in UK motorways
London Gateway Services
London Gateway Services
Location on the UK motorway network
CountyGreater London
Coordinates:51°37′52″N 0°15′50″W / 51.631°N 0.264°W / 51.631; -0.264Coordinates: 51°37′52″N 0°15′50″W / 51.631°N 0.264°W / 51.631; -0.264
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Previous name(s)Scratchwood Services
Date opened1969
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London Gateway services is the southernmost motorway service station on the M1 motorway – between Junctions 2 and 4 – north of London, England.[1] It is between Arkley and Edgware on the west side of the road, has a hotel, and, unusually, has an early give way on its northern approach.


It opened in 1969, run by Forte, and was opened as Scratchwood Services. Its main approaches are those built for an abortive junction 3 of the M1 for a spur (as at junction 2) to link to the A1.

On 6 September 1997, many people parked at the service station to witness the passing of the funeral hearse of Diana, Princess of Wales[2] on its way along with the M1 from central London to her burial place in Althorp, Northamptonshire.

Ramada Hotel, London Gateway Services
Ramada Hotel, London Gateway Services

A reserved section of the current service area is a major long-distance coach service interchange.

Planning has been permitted for a Tesla Supercharger consisting of 32 stalls to be built at the site [3] was granted on 18 May 2018,[4] – yet to open.

The guns in both forward turrets on the museum ship HMS Belfast, moored between Tower Bridge and London Bridge some 11.7 miles away in the centre of London, are elevated and trained on the London Gateway Motorway Services Area.[5]


It has a separate, first, northbound approach, targeted at its hotel part, the roads of which are linked to the rest of the complex.

The entry and exit spur for the motorway's southbound carriageway cross (to and from) the services at a high point on the west side. The service station has an unusual give way for the entry spur mentioned (vehicles coming from the north must give way).

To far south is a linked, controlled access, emergency vehicle road to/from Ellesmere Avenue.[6]


  1. ^ "Motorway Services Online".
  2. ^ "Motorway Services Online".
  3. ^ "Tesla Equipment Schedule" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Barnet Council planning permission" (PDF).
  5. ^ Londonist
  6. ^ Marshall, Geoff (22 December 2017). "Geoff and Jay Go Up The A1 (Part 2)". YouTube (Video). Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.

Next southbound:None Motorway service stations on theM1 motorway Next northbound:Toddington