Great Western Hotel, London, 1922.
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Paddington Station's Great Western Hotel, built in 1854 at the same time as the station. The Great Western was one of the first large hotels in London. Station hotels first opened for passengers who needed to break their journeys. They were also used by business travellers and passengers whose trains left very early in the morning or who had to change trains. From an archive of about 400,000 photographic negatives from various British Railways and constituent companies' photographic collections, formerly known as the OPC (Oxford Publishing Company) Collection.