Praed Street is a street in London's Paddington district (now part of the City of Westminster), most notable for the fact that Paddington Station is situated on it. It runs straight in a west-south-westerly direction from Edgware Road to Craven Road, Spring Street and Eastbourne Terrace. Praed Street was originally laid out in the early 19th century, being built up in 1828. It was named after William Praed, chairman of the company which built the canal basin which lies just to the north.
On the northern side of the street are Paddington Station and the Great Western Hotel, the Royal Mail Western depot, and St Mary's Hospital. The southern side is predominantly retail but includes the frontage for Paddington Underground (District and Circle line) station. At the far eastern end, on the north side, is a prominent 1980s extension to the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.
Affecting Underground railway staff and travellers, Praed Street is the site of a crucial junction of the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines. Problems at this junction cause many delays on the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines. Westbound Hammersmith & City trains need to turn in front of eastbound Circle or District trains bound for Edgware Road. During normal operation, trains are signalled across the junction in the order they appear in the timetable. So, if an eastbound Circle or District train is scheduled into Edgware road station first, then a westbound train would have to wait. Similarly if a Hammersmith & City line train is coming off the branch, then any eastbound train from Paddington will have to wait. Typically, trains queue up to get into Edgware Road from Paddington (Circle line) and Baker Street. A further complication is that all trains are held to time by the Edgware Road signalman. Morocco maintains a Consulate at no's 97-99.