The location of Liverpool Street by London's business district leaves little room in the area around the station for tourist destinations.
Although it is the closest station to Spitalfilels Market which is particularly popular at weekends.
So you will be taking public transport on to all other popular tourist destinations in central London, when arriving at Liverpool Street by train.
Hence using my insights from being a Londoner, who frequently has to plan trips around the city centre for someone who prefers to avoid using stairs, to come up with this guide to accessing London’s most popular tourist attractions from Liverpool Street station.
The focus is on what’s easiest, so where relevant alternative step-free routes have been included; though comparatively few Underground stations in central London have step-free access by lift (elevator) between the trains and the streets.
At weekends the Underground lines and both the Elizabeth line and Thameslink trains can be impacted by construction work, those affecting the Underground and Elizabeth line trains can be looked up here, while those impacting the Thameslink trains, can be found here.
Liverpool Street is served by the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
There is an obvious entrance to the Underground station shared by all the lines, as well as the Elizabeth Line, on the mainline station concourse; its opposite platforms (tracks) 3 – 6.
The primary access from the main concourse into this Underground ticket hall is by using a short flight of stairs, but an elevator is also available to the left of these stairs.
On the other side of the ticket barriers, the access to the Elizabeth line is a short walk away over to the right, where an escalator...
... and a lift (elevator)...
... lead down to the trains.
Though if your train to London will be calling at Stratford, then connecting there into the Elizabeth line, for onward journeys into central London, will be easier than at Liverpool Street.
Other escalators lead down to the Central line, but the Circle, the Hammersmith and City and the Metropolitan lines, all share an older part of the station.
The platform that these lines use when travelling eastbound is on the same level as the Underground ticket hall, the platform is steps away from the ticket hall.
Though a quirk of how the Underground was constructed is that the Circle lines which travel 'eastbound' from here will make a U-turn so that they will then travel west through London along the north bank of The River Thames; they initially head east to Aldgate.
The other platform in this part of the Underground station, used by the westbound Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines, doesn't have step-free access as a footbridge within the station has to be used to reach it.
The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum are all located on the aptly named Exhibition Road in South Kensington.
These museums are a five minute walk north of South Kensington underground station, through a subway which leads off from the ticket hall.
The eastbound Circle line is direct, but South Kensington station is on the opposite side of the city centre, so it’s a 13 stop journey and the Circle line trains aren’t particularly frequent.
Hence a westbound Central line train to Holborn and transferring there to a westbound Piccadilly line train to Holborn, usually being a quicker option
Trafalgar Square is the location of The National Gallery and the separate National Portrait Gallery, plus Horse Guard’s Parade and The Churchill War Rooms, which is just off The Mall, are within a few minutes walk.
Though there are several options for accessing the area from Liverpool Street due to the comparatively long distance.
(1) take the eastbound Circle line to Embankment station, though it is a 5 -10 min walk from Embankment to Trafalgar Square.
(2) Though if you’re heading to the galleries take a a westbound Elizabeth line train to Tottenham Court Road and connect there for the southbound Northern line to Leicester Square, and walk for three minutes down Charing Cross Road.
(3) or take bus route 11.
A clutch of tourist destinations are located on the south bank of the River Thames between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges.
They include The London Eye and The Sea Life London Aquarium and The London Dungeon and The South Bank Centre including The Hayward Gallery.
For a Liverpool Street to Waterloo journey the logical option is seemingly making the transfer between the westbound Central line and the Waterloo & City line at Bank station, but the interchange there is comparatively awkward.
So the new, easier option is to take a westbound Elizabeth line train to Tottenham Court Road and then make the transfer there into southbound Northern Line train train.
Waterloo underground station is within a five minute walk of all these attractions, though the station has multiple exits, so take your time and use the maps and signs, so that you use the exit with the easiest access to where you will be heading.
An option which avoids long escalators is to take bus route/line 26 from stop L on the street named Bishopsgate which will have a final destination of Waterloo.
However, if your train heading to Liverpool Street calls at Stratford, a good option is to transfer to the Jubilee line at that station, because the Jubilee line serves Waterloo.
A clutch of tourist destinations are located in the London Bridge area including Borough Market (best experienced on a weekend), The Shard and HMS Belfast the south side access to Tower Bridge, plus the attractions in the adjacent Bermondsey Street area such as the Fashion and Textile Museum and The White Cube Gallery, plus on weekends, The Ropewalk.
The seemingly obvious route for a Liverpool Street to London Bridge transfer is to travel via Bank station on a combination of westbound Central line and southbound Northern line trains, but the transfer in Bank is comparatively awkward.
Madame Tussauds is adjacent to Baker Street Underground station, it is on the next block, but taking the bus is the easiest means of reaching The Zoo.
The only bus route which stops right by London Zoo’s entrance is the 274
and at Baker Street it departs from bus stop C, take the bus heading to Angel, Islington.
To head to Baker Street from Liverpool Street go direct on any westbound Circle line or Hammersmith and City line train or Metropolitan line train.
The Covent Garden area, which is where the London Transport Museum is located is now most easily accessed from Liverpool Street by taking the westbound Elizabeth line to Tottenham Court Road.
At that station a new exit on Charing Cross Road east is a 10-15 min walk to the market.
The simplest route is to head towards Shaftesbury Avenue and then turn left into Neal Street.
The eastbound Circle line is direct from Liverpool Street to Victoria, but Victoria station is on the opposite side of the city centre, so it’s an 11 stop journey and the Circle line trains aren’t particularly frequent.
So the quicker option is to take a westbound Elizabeth line train to Bond Street and connect there for a one station hop on the southbound Jubilee line to Green Park.
Unusually for a central London underground station, step-free access by a series of lifts (elevators) between train and street is available at Green Park, so this routing via Bond Street is also step-free.
The historic center of maritime Greenwich is served by two stations:
If you’ll be on a train which calls at Stratford, make the transfer there to a DLR train, though another transfer at Canary Wharf station is typically required.
If the transfer at Stratford isn’t an option, take the eastbound Circle line from Liverpool Street to Cannon Street station, to connect there for one a Southeastern train to Greenwich; there are typically four departures per hour.
Take the westbound Central line to Oxford Circus and connect there for the southbound Victoria line to Pimlico.
Pimlico station is an 8 to 15 walk from Tate Britain, so take the southbound Victoria line
Then on arrival at Pimlico, head to the gallery's side entrance by crossing over Vauxhall Bridge Road on to John Islip Street and turning right into Atterbury Street.
Or if you would rather avoid the Tube, take the eastbound Circle line to Westminster and connect for bus routes 87 or 88 from the Parliament Square bus stop on Whitehall.
The route by train from Liverpool Street to Tate Modern is to take the westbound Elizabeth line to Farringdon, so that you connect there for a Thameslink train to Blackfriars.
On arrival there use the South Bank exit, because from there it is a three minute walk to the gallery's main entrance.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are on the opposite side of the city from Liverpool Street.
The transfer with only connection is to take an eastbound Circle line train to South Kensington where the transfer to a District line train to Kew Gardens station simply involves waiting on the same platform for a train heading towards Richmond to arrive.
However, it's a fairly long end-to-end journey with a total of 23 stops.
Though if your train heading to Liverpool Street will be calling at Stratford, a faster option is:
This route is also step-free because the train from Richmond will arrive on the platform at Kew Gardens station, which is on the same side of the station as the gardens.
I wanted to share my passion for train travel and explain how anyone can take the fantastic journeys I have taken.
This is one of more than 100 train travel guides available on ShowMeTheJourney, which will make it easier to take the train journeys you want or need to make. As always, all images were captured on trips taken by ShowMeTheJourney.
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