A visitor’s guide to Liverpool Street Station


London’s Liverpool Street Station is an iconic transport hub in one of the busiest locations of the English capital, the City of London.

Offering ease of access into this bustling and vibrant area, Liverpool Street Station welcomes upwards of 63 million visitors every year and remains a building of stunning architecture, as well as one of London’s most important railway facilities.

The history of Liverpool Street Station

Opened in 1874, Liverpool Street is one of the oldest railway stations in the city and was originally built as a central London terminus for the Great Eastern Railway (GER).

Today, the station continues to act as one London’s most important rail hubs, being the end of the line (or the start, depending upon your perspective) for the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge, the busier Great Eastern Main Line to Norwich and a key destination for commuter journeys to the east of the city and the east of England in general.

Designed by GER engineer Edward Wilson, the station was originally much smaller than it is today. However, at the time of its opening, it remained one of the most impressive and modern transport structures in the whole of the UK.

Expanded considerably just ten years after its opening, Liverpool Street was improved to deliver more new platforms and an increased number of journeys each day into the heart of the City of London.

It has since gone on to grow further and today offers a total of 18 platforms and services to the whole of London.

Facilities available at Liverpool Street Station

Visitors to the station can make use of fully accessible facilities for individuals of all abilities, with disabled access to all platforms and areas of the station as standard.

london tubeThe station offers a manned ticketing station that is available during all hours of opening, as well as toilets and baby changing facilities for travellers to make use of.

ATMs and a bureau de change are located on the station’s main concourse, while pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi is available for anyone with a mobile device that wishes to use the internet.

Trolleys can be hired for anyone with a large amount of luggage at a cost of £1 and a range of shops and retail options are also available for guests.

Plenty of attractions near Liverpool Street Station

Located in the heart of one of the English capital’s most prominent areas for tourism, culture and sights and experiences to explore, Liverpool Street Station can be found in close proximity to a wealth of great attractions.

Here are just some of the many fantastic nearby places to visit and activities to partake in for those planning a trip to the area:

  • Barbican Centre (0.6 miles, 12 minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
  • Museum of London (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
  • 30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin (0.4 miles, seven minutes)
  • St Paul’s Cathedral (0.9 miles, 18 minutes)
  • Old Spitalfields Market (0.3 miles, eight minutes)
  • Brick Lane Market (0.5 miles, 12 minutes)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe (1.1 miles, 20 minutes)
  • City Garden Bar (0.6 miles, nine minutes)
  • Monument to the Great Fire of London (0.7 miles, ten minutes)
  • Tower of London (0.9 miles, 13 minutes)
  • Columbia Road Flower Market (one mile, 17 minutes)
  • London Bridge Experience (one mile, 12 minutes)
  • The London Dungeon (2.3 miles, 24 minutes)
  • The London Eye (2.2 miles, 23 minutes)
  • Hackney City Farm (1.3 miles, 16 minutes)

Onward travel from Liverpool Street Station

Heading on from Liverpool Street Station, travellers keen to explore the many other areas of London can do just that by making use of the excellent links to the rest of the city that the station offers.

Liverpool Street Underground Station (located on Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines) lies just a few minutes’ walk outside the doors of Liverpool Street Station to the south. It offers outstanding connectivity for individuals planning journeys throughout the city.

Meanwhile, the surrounding area also offers a selection of other Underground stations, each connecting to different parts of London, including Aldgate (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines) and Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines). The Docklands Light Rail – an overground rail service linking to the area to the east of the station – can also be reached by heading to the station of Tower Gateway to the south.

Visitors to the area can also make use of the wide selection of bus services that can be found both outside Liverpool Street Station and traversing the nearby roads, with buses in operation throughout the day and night.

Services include: 11, 23, 47,  1333, 153, N11, N133.

Finally, anyone planning a trip to this interesting and popular part of the English capital can find details of all ongoing transport options in the vicinity of Liverpool Street Station by heading to the official website of Transport for London.