Great Portland Street

Great Portland Street is a small station which has two platforms with trains from the Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City Line. Upon opening in 1863, it was called Portland Road, being renamed to Great Portland Street in 1917.

At platform level, it resembles the platforms from the Hammersmith and City/Circle Lines at Baker Street. The above ground structure is listed and was built in 1930.

There are some nice traditional signs in the station, an example of which I’ve included in the gallery

The Pub: The Albany, 240 Great Portland Street, W1W 5QU

Great Portland Street station is in an affluent area of London. It’s a stone’s throw away from Regents Park and the sweeping terraces of John Nash. Regents Park is a lovely place to spend a sunny day in central London. On our visit it was anything but so it was straight over the road to the pub! Also of note opposite the station is the former church of the Holy Trinity, designed by Sir John Soane. It’s now a venue for private hire.

The Albany is fortunately opposite the tube station. It’s the first pub on the trail so far that I’ve been to before. It was an old haunt of my friends and I back during my time at University but it had been five years since I’d been.

Like The Volunteer in Baker Street, it’s another lively gastropub. When we arrived it was standing room only on a busy Friday night. The bar was decked out in a variety of flags to mark the Six Nations. More interesting ales available at the bar, we went for the ‘Hoptopus’ which fortunately didn’t turn out to be one of those beers with a great name and an awful taste.

The Albany also boasts a downstairs ‘Withnell’ bar that hosts comedy nights as well as other events. From the posters on the wall, it seems there is plenty going on at The Albany. If summer ever arrives, it’s a great place to go after a day in Regents Park. From past experience, the pub itself feels very light and airy on hot sunny days, however few and far between they may be.

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