Tea room at the Great Western Hotel, Paddington Station, London, 1922.
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'The Great Western Hotel at Paddington opened in 1854, six months after the railway station, and was regarded as one of the finest hotels in London. A particular pride of the hotel was the coffee room described in 1860 as 'divided by columns imitative of Sienna marble, with white capitals, above which is an order of terminal figures, and a deeply coffered ceiling with coloured mouldings.' The coffee room is here functioning as a tea room.'