We’ve all been there. You arrive in town before you can check in to your hotel and are left sightseeing with suitcases. Or, check out is midday and your plane is not until the evening, so you’re left dragging your luggage around for the final few hours of your trip.
This happened to us recently, which is when I discovered that there are lots of different options for luggage storage in London.
As well as the traditional left luggage offices at major train stations and airports, there are now a number of really handy luggage storage services that operate similar to the apartment booking company AirBnB, but for luggage! Locations including shops, cafes and restaurants, are renting out storage space for visitors that need to stash their suitcases or holdalls for a couple of hours (or more).
This means that you can leave your bags in a secure and convenient location and squeeze in a trip to the British Museum, Big Ben, the London Eye and any other famous landmarks you want to see before it’s time to head home.
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Luggage storage locations in London
No matter where you stay in London, check first with your hotel or your AirBnB or holiday rental host as they may be able to store luggage for you. Many hotels in London have left luggage rooms that are free or available to use for a small fee. If you’ve arrived early at your hotel then these left luggage rooms are an easy option. If this is not possible then take look at the following left luggage facilities.
Left luggage at London airports
Heathrow Baggage Storage
As the busiest airport in Europe (and the second busiest airport in the world after Dubai International Airport), it’s quite likely that if you’re flying into London, you will arrive into Heathrow Airport. Fortunately, there are plenty of luggage storage locations at Heathrow. These are run by the Excess Baggage Company.
- London Heathrow Terminal 2: Left luggage located in the main concourse of the arrivals hall. Open daily from 5am to 11pm.
- London Heathrow Terminal 3: Left luggage located in the main concourse of the arrivals hall. Open daily from 5am to 11pm.
- London Heathrow Terminal 4: Located in the main concourse of the arrivals hall. Open daily from 5.30am to 11pm.
- London Heathrow Terminal 5: Located in the main concourse of the arrivals hall. Open daily from 5am to 11pm.
The best way to get into Central London and all the most popular tourist attractions from London Heathrow is by public transport. The Heathrow Express is fast and efficient, but not cheap! The Heathrow Express runs from all terminals and takes 15 minutes from Heathrow to Paddington Station.
A more cost-effective option is to take the Piccadilly line from any of the Heathrow terminals into town; the journey takes between 50-60 minutes.
Trains also link Heathrow to local stations in West London and National Express offers buses to Victoria coach station (and other destinations) from £10.
Taxis into the centre of town can cost between £45-70. Uber is also available at Heathrow.
If you need to stay overnight near Heathrow then take a look at this list of the best Heathrow hotels.
Luggage Storage Gatwick
Located 30 miles south of central London, Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow Airport. The biggest airlines flying to and from London Gatwick are EasyJet and British Airways.
London Gatwick luggage storage facilities are operated by Excess Baggage in both the North Terminal and the South Terminal. In both terminals the left luggage storage can be found on the main concourse, a short walk from arrivals. The South Terminal left luggage facility is open 24 hours, the North Terminal left luggage facility is open from 5am to 10pm. Check online to get a quote.
The best way to get into Central London from Gatwick Airport is on the Gatwick Express. Trains run every 15 minutes between the airport’s South Terminal and London Victoria Station and take 30 minutes.
Thameslink run trains from Gatwick to Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon and St Pancras International and Southern runs regular services to London Victoria stopping at East Croydon and Clapham Junction.
National Express run regular buses to Victoria Coach Station. If you need to stay overnight near Gatwick then take a look at these Gatwick Airport Hotels.
Luggage storage at other London airports
If you are arriving or departing from London’s Luton, Stanstead or City airport then you’ll be pleased to hear that these airports also offer left luggage services.
London Luton Airport
The left luggage storage at Luton Airport can be found in the main terminal in the departures hall. It’s open 24 hours daily. The storage is run by Excess Baggage.
London Stansted Airport
Left luggage facilities by Excess Baggage can be found in the main terminal arrivals hall of London Stanstead, opposite Costa Coffee. It’s open 24 hours daily.
London City Airport
Luggage lockers at London City Airport are operated by the airport itself. You need to log items at the Information Desk in the main terminal first and then take your receipt and bags to the Left Luggage room located in Security Zone A, behind the check-in desks. Open Monday to Friday from 5am to 11pm, Saturday from 5am to 1pm and Sunday from 11am to 10.20pm.
Luggage storage at London train stations
If you’re thinking of taking a day trip from London by train but don’t want to worry about heavy bags then there are left luggage options at the main train stations. Security reasons mean that you can’t just rent a large locker for the time needed but the company Excess Baggage does run left luggage facilities. Prices start from £7.50 per item, take a look online for a quote.
Paddington Station Luggage Storage
Contrary to popular belief, London’s Paddington Station is named after the area of Paddington rather than the bear. It’s believed that the name ‘Padda’ referred to a local land owner and ‘ton’ (or ‘tun’) meaning ‘the village of’. Today, however, it is home to a Paddington Bear Shop!
If you’re arriving into or departing from London Paddington and need somewhere to store your bags then left luggage is located on platform 12; open daily 7am to 11pm. Awkward, heavy or high-value items can be booked online in advance.
St Pancras Luggage Storage
London St Pancras International is home to the Eurostar and is one of London’s nicest train terminals filled with shops and restaurants. It also houses Europe’s longest champagne bar. Left luggage at St. Pancras are are located in The Circle, near the car rental area; open Monday to Saturday 6am to 10pm and Sunday 7am to 10pm.
Kings Cross Luggage Storage
Left luggage at King’s Cross underground station is located near the entrance to platform 9 and is open daily 7am to 11pm.
Left luggage at other London train stations
If you are arriving at, or departing from, one of the following London train stations then you will be pleased to know that they all offer left luggage facilities.
Luggage Storage at Euston Station
Located at the top of the ramp to platforms 16 to 18; open daily from 7am to 11pm.
Luggage Storage Waterloo Station
Located by exit 6 (Southbank); open daily 7am to 11pm.
Victoria Station Luggage Storage
Located between platforms 7 and 8; open daily from 7am to midnight.
Left Luggage Liverpool Street
Located on platform 10; open daily 7am to 11pm.
Charing Cross Luggage Storage
Located on the main concourse, the left luggage storage is open from 7am to 11pm. For awkward, heavy or high-value items you can pre-book storage.
Liverpool Street Station
The Excess Baggage Company office is near platform 10 and is open Monday to Sunday from 7am to 11pm.
Other luggage storage options in London
In the same way that people are renting out spare rooms or their houses on sites such as AirBnB there are now companies acting as luggage lockers located in London.
There are a number of websites and apps that will help you find places to store your suitcases around London (and other cities).
All you have to do is go online and book a date (it can be the same day) in your chosen location (maps will show you what locations are available) and then you simply drop off your bags. The bag storage locations might be a hotel, a shop or a cafe. Each of these companies has their own luggage storage rules but they generally offer luggage security seals and some kind of insurance.
Most of the bag storage locations are open to suitcases and bags only but some of them will store bikes, pushchairs and other larger items. The following are some of the luggage storage companies working in London.
Offering safe luggage storage at some of London’s most popular destinations such as Oxford Circus and London Bridge is Vertoe. It cost from £5.95 per item per day and the service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Use the code ‘globetotting’ when booking and you’ll receive a 10% discount.
Another company operating in many of the world’s biggest cities is Nannybag. In London they have a network of hotels and stores where you can leave your luggage from €6 for 24 hours and an additional €4 per extra day. The service is available 24 hours a day, every day and they say there’s no size or weight limit. Use the code ‘globetotting’ and receive a 10% discount on the total amount of the order.
Stasher has 129 ‘StashPoints’, bag storage options, across London. They are all conveniently located near major transport hubs and popular tourist sights. It costs £6 per bag for up to 24 hours and £5 for any additional day. Insurance up to £750 per item is free.
Radical Storage has 100 locations in London and offers luggage storage in most other major cities worldwide. Rates are £5 per baggage day, regardless of measurements or weight (although if you have something really large to store I’d definitely check in advance!).
LuggageHero offers 120 locations across central London with rates starting at £1 per hour or £8 per day (plus a one-time handling fee of £2 per bag).The LuggageHero app uses a storage timer, which means that you only pay for the hours you’ve spent on luggage storage and payment is processed automatically as soon as you stop the timer.