A practical guide to Liverpool Street Station


London is dependent on its fantastic rail network and without it the city would surely grind to an agonising halt. As a result of this, you will find that the English capital is absolutely full of train stations, ranging from the beautifully grand St Pancras to the simple and practical Finsbury Park.

Depending on which of the many Cheap London hotels you stay in and how you are travelling to the city, it is more than likely that you will come across a train station during your time in the city. Most of the major stations are linked with Underground lines as well, making it incredibly easy to get from the train to another part of London; Notting Hill or Kensington, for example.

Liverpool Street Station

If you are using the West Anglia Main Line, the Great Eastern Main Line, Stansted Express from London Stansted Airport or coming in from the east of England, chances are you will find yourself heading through the magnificent terminus that is Liverpool Street Station.

Likewise, if you are staying in east London or find yourself visiting this part of the city, you may have to change here. If you are coming from any of the following, it’s likely you’ll be coming through this station: Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Chelmsford, Southend Victoria, Cambridge, Norwich, Lowestoft, Ipswich, Harlow Town, Hertford East, Essex and Hertfordshire.

The station itself has been serving Londoners and tourists since 1874 and is well known for its wonderful atrium ceiling that hangs over the main concourse.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given its name, the station is located on Liverpool Street which is very close to the trendiest spots of east London. The station is very easy to get to through its corresponding Underground Station, which is served by four major lines. You can get to Liverpool Street using any of the following: Central line (red), Hammersmith & City line (pink), Circle line (yellow) or the Metropolitan line (purple).

Cyclists will be very happy to discover that the station has its own bike parking outside and at platform 10.

Places to eat

The station is full of places to eat, whether you are grabbing a quick snack for a train journey or want somewhere you can sit in and eat while you wait for your train. The station has the following food outlets:

McDonald’s, Burger King, Pret A Manger, Moshi Moshi, Starbucks, the Pasty Shop, Costa Coffee, the Savanna, Wasabi and Sweet Chariot, to name but a few. If you fancy something alcoholic, there’s also a Wetherspoon on site.

Shops and services

There is a vast array of different shops at Liverpool Street Station also, making it handy if you have forgotten to pack something crucial for your trip to London. It’s also perfect for picking up a gift on the way home, if it slipped your mind while in the city.

The outlets are as follows: Isle of Flowers, JD Sports, Ladbrokes, Funky Pigeon, Scribbler, Hotel Chocolat, Laura Ashley, Hawes and Curtis, M&S Simply Food, WH Smiths, Claire’s, Accessorize, the Pen Shop, the Perfume Shop, Toko, the Tanning Shop and Vodafone.

There is also a eurochange, if you are coming from abroad and need to get some currency before heading into London.

Practical tips

The station reception is near to platform 10 just off the main concourse, this is also where you will find the ATMs for cash. The ticket office is open within the train station’s normal opening hours. However, self service ticket machines are always open on the concourse. You will be able to buy an Oyster card from the station’s main ticket office. This is the easiest way to get around on London’s public transport and it is highly recommended that you buy one on your arrival.

The station is accessible for disabled persons. All entrances are step free and there is a life that connects the two levels. If you require assistance to board a train or at any time in the station, you should seek out the closest member of staff or head to the ticket office.

Toilet facilities

The toilets in the station are located as follows:

    • Men / women: down the stairs and opposite platform 11. Cost: 30p.
  • Accessible and baby changing: platform 10, right next to the station reception. These are free of charge.

Opening times:

    • Monday: 03:10 – 01:03
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 04:00 – 01:03
  • Friday to Sunday: 03:40 – 01:03