The Elizabeth line opened 24 May 2022. Here are some activities that are incredibly easy to get to now.
On 24 May 2022, Crossrail opened 10 stations on the Elizabeth line.
We've pulled together some fun activities you can do close to the stations, so that you can hop on the train and get there in no time!
On landing at Paddington Station, make sure to take a moment to appreciate its design, for it bears the mark of none other than Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
After making a quick stop at the Paddington Bear gift shop, follow the signs towards Paddington Basin and walk around it to reach Merchant Square.
Leading you straight to Oxford Street, one of the most obvious activities would be to go shopping.
But if you’re interested in some unique experiences, then we suggest you walk down New Bond St to the Royal Institute (Ri).
More specifically, the Faraday Museum, where you can see the first electrical transformer and their magnetic laboratory.
The Ri also hosts interesting talks, discussions, workshops and a variety of family-friendly events.
On your way down there from the station, don’t forget to say hi to President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill at the Allies Statue.
Tottenham Court Road
Coming out of the station, you’ll be greeted by the Dominion Theatre, and indeed, there are many West End shows you could catch around the area.
For some peace and quiet, head to the Phoenix Garden, a community garden and oasis of calm in the middle of the city.
And if you walk down Charing Cross Road then turn into Shaftesbury Avenue, you’ll find yourself at Seven Dials Market, where you can enjoy a wide variety of cuisines.
Heading to East London, when in Farringdon, stop by former monastery the Charterhouse, built in 1348.
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There’s plenty to see near Liverpool Street Station, perhaps most notably the skyscrapers.
For a bit of culture and some greenery, head to the Brutalist architecture icon, The Barbican.
By walking around the area, you might run into some of Sculptures in the City’s works. Keep an eye out!
If you get hungry, head to Old Spitalfields Market, where you can indulge in some delicious food and shop for vintage items.
If you like to be spooked, don’t forget to check out the Jack the Ripper Museum.
Stop by the Crossrail Place Roof Garden and relax amid exotic plants that have been planted according to their hemisphere, as the garden sits almost exactly on the Meridian line.
To learn more about the area’s history, head to the Museum of London Docklands and learn how the docks shaped London.
You’ll be spoilt for choice on skyscrapers to admire, One Canada Square among the notable ones.
By taking the Elizabeth line to Custom House, you can pop into the ExCel for any of the interesting exhibits or conferences they’re holding.
For example, you could attend the London Climate Technology Show 2023, for those interested in the tech developments that could help us reach a net zero economy.
And if you’re a fan of car racing, don’t miss the 2023 London E-Prix on 30-31 July 2022.
To get your dose of engineering, walk down to the river to see the Thames Barrier, the largest movable flood barrier in the world.
When you arrive at Woolwich, make sure to check out Woolwich Works where you can enjoy cultural evenings.
If you’re a fan of improv, don’t miss the Absurdocles: An Improvised Greek Tragedy, playing until 3 August 2023.
If you plan on heading to the pub, stop by Royal Arsenal. Previously one of the biggest munition factories in the UK, it’s now an open space with cafes and the occasional farmer’s market.
Finally, you can’t miss Charlton House & Gardens. With free entry, discover the long and eventful history of the Jacobean rooms and the beautiful gardens that surround them.
If you can’t quite make it to the Peak District for a weekend getaway, hop on the Elizabeth line and head to Abbey Wood where you can hire a tent pitch for as little as £16.30 per night.
While you’re there, soak in the beauty of Lesnes Abbey woods, the namesake of the train station.