|Location Bayswater Road|
Managed by London Underground
2012 6.70 million
OSI London Paddington station
London borough City of Westminster
|Local authority |
Fare zone 1
2013 6.79 million
Phone +44 343 222 1234
Number of platforms 2
Architect Harry Bell Measures
|Address Bayswater Rd, London W2, UK|
Similar London Underground, London Paddington station, Marble Arch tube station, Queensway tube station, Notting Hill Gate tube station
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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.
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. The hotel received planning permission for the re-cladding to include the station façade, but this did not proceed.
Lancaster Gate was closed from July to November 2006 so that the lifts and other parts of the station could be refurbished. 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. The station is closed from January to August 2017 while lift replacement work is being carried out.
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.
London Buses routes 46, 274, 94, 148 and 390 and night route N207 serve the station