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London Gateway services


M1 between J2 and J4

Signposted from the road? Yes - northbound as Waitrose/Burger King/Starbucks



map and directions


Single site located between junctions with access to both sides.

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The final services on the M1 before London, London Gateway is a long-distance coach interchange as well as a final coffee stop.


COVID-19 update: Most service areas are fully open. We are regularly reviewing our information.
Catering: Burger King, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea Shops: Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith Main Amenities: Game Zone, Meeting Room, Small dog walking area, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Hotel: Ramadabook Charging Points: Electric Highway Forecourt: Welcome Break Fuel, The Deli, Chicago Town Pizza, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £29 (or £32 to include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Welcome Break
London Gateway Service Area
M 1 Motorway

Trivia and Design

Scratchwood Motor Chef.
The services under Motor Chef branding.

See also: History:London Gateway

It is one of very few services to offer cheaper short stay parking, as it tries to establish itself as a part of a day trip to London.

The services has a strange knot of slip roads at its entrance, owing to its unusual history, with sharp bends which can take an unprepared motorist by surprise.

11 miles away, the guns at HMS Belfast are positioned to fire at London Gateway services, to demonstrate the ship's maximum practical reach. When the ship was moored in 1971 the service area chosen as a target in the hope that the quirky decision would prove interesting for years to come. There is even a plaque on the ship confirming the target.

In July 2018, Welcome Break were granted planning permission to build a Starbucks Drive Thru at the front of the main car park adjacent to the main amenity building. 32 Tesla Superchargers were also granted planning permission in June 2018 to be installed alongside the Starbucks Drive Thru.


noneServices on the M1Toddington (26 miles)
South Mimms (M25 east, 17 miles)
Beaconsfield (M40 north, 25 miles)
Breakspears (A414 west, 13 miles)
noneWelcome Break servicesNewport Pagnell (39 miles)
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Oxford (M40 north, 51 miles)

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