Great Portland Street tube station
Template:Use dmy dates Template:Use British English Template:Infobox London station Great Portland Street is a London Underground station near Regent's Park. It is between Template:LUL stations and Template:LUL stations on the Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines. It is in Travelcard Zone 1. The Great Portland Street station building is listed as a building of National Significance.
The station was part of the world's first underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway, which opened between "Bishop's Road" (now Template:LUL stations) on the Hammersmith & City line and "Farringdon Street" (close to the present-day Template:LUL stations station). It was opened on 10 January 1863 as "Portland Road", renamed "Great Portland Street and Regents Park" in 1923 and changed to its present name on 1 March 1917.
The current structure was built in 1930 on a traffic island on the Marylebone Road at its intersection with Great Portland Street and Albany Street. Its construction is a steel framed cream terracotta clad exterior, with the perimeter providing shops and originally a car showroom with office space over the station. Great Portland Street was at a major sales location for the motor industry. It was designed by the architect C.W. Fowler and Grade II listed in January 1987.
Local points of interest include Regent's Park, and the Post Office Tower. The station is very close to Regent's Park station, which is on the Bakerloo line.
The station is across the street from the main building of International Student House, a student residence and hostel and is also near Harley Street medical district, famous for its doctors and surgeons.<ref name="orientation">Orientation of the station above ground may be accessed via these videos of Template:Cite web</ref>
London bus routes 18, 27, 30, 88, 205, 453, C2 and night routes N18 and N205.
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Station as seen from above looking north
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Original Metropolitan Steam Train passes through Great Portland Street Station
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View of station location circa 1790
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Station tunnel running under Marylebone Road
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Shown as the Metropolitan Railway's Portland Road Station in 1862