While travelling to Oxford for a short break, I treated myself to a first class ticket with First Great Western railways. For a reasonable £30, the return journey included use of the First Class Lounge at Paddington Station.
Brunel’s majestic and beautiful station was opened in 1854 to serve the Great Western Railway and has been in use ever since.
If you have time before boarding your train, it is well worth exploring – at least walk to the end of the station to take in the incredible structure.
Paddington First Class Lounge is on platform one and is excellent (mind you, I usually use the one at Euston).
There are two areas, each with a different feel.
Turn left at the entrance for a white, airy business-like but relaxed room. Comfy chairs, Sky TV (silent with subtitles), newspapers, magazines (Intelligent Life, Wired etc.) and wi-fi. A lovely, peaceful place if you need to catch up on work.
The right hand lounge has a traditional, old station hotel feel with button back sofas, railway prints and the gentle clanking of cups and saucers.
The range of teas includes Jacksons of Picadilly organic Green Tea and English Breakfast. Serve yourself in pleasingly large white china cups from John Lewis Porcelain collection.
Snacks included pastries and biscuits as well as dried fruit and nuts, a thoughtful and healthy alternative.
A very pleasant start to my holiday.
|Price of a Cuppa :||Complimentary with First Class ticket|
|Leaf or Bag :||Jacksons of Picadilly, green tea bag|
|Crockery :||Lovely white porcelain (John Lewis)|
|Service :||Self service|
|Kitty says:||Nice and quiet and lovely posh cups|
|Food:||Good choice of snacks, cakes, pastries, fruit and nuts|
|Address:||Platform One, Paddington Station, W2 1HQ|
|Website:||Paddington First Class Lounge
First Great Western Trains
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