This station was part of the world's first underground railway when it was opened as part of the Metropolitan Railway between Paddington and Farringdon. The Metropolitan Railway (also known as the Met) was a passenger and goods railway that served London from 1863 to 1933, its main line heading north-west from the capital's financial heart in the City to what were to become the Middlesex suburbs. Its first line connected the main-line railway termini at Paddington, Euston and King's Cross to the City. It was built beneath the New Road using the "cut-and-cover" method between Paddington and King's Cross and in tunnel and cuttings beside Farringdon Road from King's Cross to near Smithfield, near the City. It opened to the public on 10 January 1863 with gas-lit wooden carriages hauled by steam locomotives, the world's first underground railway.
A separate station of the same name but served by the Bakerloo line is located about 150 metres away on the opposite side of Marylebone Road, so make sure you are at the right station. The usual service pattern is: platform 1 for outer rail services to Kings Cross, Liverpool Street and beyond, platform 2 for Circle line to High Street Kensington and Victoria, platform 3 for District line trains to Earl's Court and Wimbledon, and platform 4 (inner rail) for Shepherd's Bush Market and Hammersmith. This may vary in times of disruption - trains can go east from any of platforms 1, 2 and 3 and to any of the westbound destinations from platforms 2, 3 or 4. There are payphones, wi-fi, cash machines and Euro cash machines available at the station.
Connections: Circle, District Line. London Buses routes 18, 27 and 205 and night routes N18 and N205 serve the station.