Until the mid-19th century, hotels in London were mostly small, modest affairs. The arrival of the railways led to many more short-term visitors to the capital, and so it is perhaps unsurprising that some of the first big hotels in London were sited beside the new railway stations. Indeed, they were built by the railway companies themselves, and because they were seen as status symbols reflecting the comparative success of those companies they were generally very grand.
The redbrick Great Eastern Hotel was built at Liverpool Street station in 1884. It is now the Andaz Liverpool Street, a member of the Hyatt group.