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Paddington station is famous for the grand terminus for the Great Western Railway designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Opened in 1863, the first underground ran between Paddington and Farringdon. By the 1930s, this had developed into a network of underground tunnels running for miles beneath London.

Throughout the 1930s, steam trains remained in service until replaced by diesel in the 1950s. The side entrance from Paddington leads to Praed St off which in Bulmores Yard the antiquarian bookshop Marlow and Son has been trading since 1847.