You are never more than a short walk away from a station when in London whether it is an overground station or an underground one. London Overground Rail Operations Ltd, a stand-alone body under the auspices of the Mayor of London, co-ordinates the operation of the rail system, although the trains themselves are operated by one of a number of companies franchised by the national government. 

London is densely populated and busy city, and many people commute into the city from near and far every day by rail, using main line railways, the inner London heavy rail network, the underground, and Docklands Light Railway. 

Many of the city’s overground railway lines pass through some deprived areas of London, but they have benefitted in recent years from some major improvements to the service such as new trains, refurbished stations, improved accessibility and more frequent services.

The oldest station in London is London Bridge, which first opened in 1836 and is located at the south end of London Bridge itself.

Trains from here serve Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and the station is also served by Thameslink services which run north of the Thames to Luton and Bedford.

Euston station is close to the world famous centre of the capital’s shopping, Oxford Street, and is also the closest station to the British Museum. Services from this station will take you to the West Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool, north-west England and Scotland. 

Kings Cross Station is served by trains to the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the north-east of England and Scotland> It is the subject of a mystical story which suggests that Queen Boudicca is buried beneath platform eight. 

London Liverpool Street station is the closest major terminus to the city’s famous financial markets.

The famous street markets of Spitalfields and Brick Lane are also close by. Services from here run to Stansted Airport, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. 

Paddington station was the inspiration for the children’s’ character Paddington Bear. From here, a fast, regular service operates to Heathrow Airport. It is also the terminus of the main line to Bristol and the South West of England as well as South Wales. 

London St Pancras station is famous for its Gothic architecture. Originally built for the Midland Railway route to the East Midlands and Sheffield, it now also houses London’s Eurostar terminal, and has been extensively restored. 

The Edwardian Baroque Victoria station is situated in the heart of Westminster, and is the terminus for services from Sussex, Surrey and Kent. 

Finally Waterloo is the UK’S largest railway station and trains from here run to Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and counties as far west as Devon.

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