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London Gateway services


M1 between J2 and J4 (there is no J3)

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

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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.


Catering: Burger King, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea Shops: Waitrose & Partners, WHSmith Main Amenities: Electric Vehicle Charging Point (Ecotricity), Fourex Money Exchange, Game Zone, Meeting Room, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming, small dog walking area Motel: Ramadabook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, The Deli, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Rollover, Yorkshire Tea, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two 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.

Contact Details

Welcome Break
London Gateway Service Area
M 1 Motorway

Trivia and Design

Scratchwood Motor Chef.
The services under Motor Chef branding.

Full details: 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 sliproads at its entrance, owing to its unusual history, with sharp bends which can take an unprepared motorist by surprise.


none Services on the M1 Toddington (26 miles)
South Mimms (M25 east, 17 miles)
Beaconsfield (M40 north, 25 miles)
Breakspears (A414 west, 13 miles)
none Welcome Break services Newport Pagnell (39 miles)
South Mimms (M25 east, 17 miles)
Oxford (M40 north, 51 miles)

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