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Park Lane, London

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Park Lane is a major road in the City of Westminster, in Central London. It is part of the London Inner Ring Road and runs from Hyde Park Corner in the south to Marble Arch in the north. It separates Hyde Park to the west from Mayfair to the east. The road has a number of historically important properties and hotels and has been one of the most sought after streets in London, despite being a major traffic thoroughfare.The road was originally a simple country lane on the boundary of Hyde Park, separated by a brick wall. Aristocratic properties appeared during the late 18th century, including Breadalbene House, Somerset House and Londonderry House. The road grew in popularity during the 19th century after improvements to Hyde Park Corner and more affordable views of the park, which attracted the nouveau riche to the street and led to it becoming one of the most fashionable roads to live on in London. Notable residents included the 1st Duke of Westminster's residence at Grosvenor House, the Dukes of Somerset at Somerset House and the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli at No. 93. Other historic properties include Dorchester House, Brook House and Dudley House. In the 20th century, Park Lane became well known for its luxury hotels, particularly The Dorchester, completed in 1931, which became closely associated with eminent writers and international film stars. Flats and shops began appearing on the road, including penthouse flats. Several buildings suffered damage during World War II, yet the road still attracted significant development, including the Park Lane Hotel and the London Hilton on Park Lane, and several sports car garages. A number of properties on the road today are owned by some of the wealthiest businessmen from the Middle East and Asia. Current residents include business mogul Mohamed Al-Fayed and former council leader and Lord Mayor Dame Shirley Porter.
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  • i have driven, been driven & walked Park lane too many times to count. I prefer to be driven though as it busy with very busy roundabouts at each end. Park Lane is one of London's finest road/avenue's...  more »
  • While out and about during our most recent stay in London, we had the opportunity to again stroll along the footpath bordering Park Lane. It is an elegant, broad, tree-lined avenue with Hyde Park situ...  more »
  • Perfect for a walk or a high end dinner. Most of the pubs in the area are awful though so careful were you walk into as a lot of them are bad. Walk back into the neighborhood and see some really beaut...  more »
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  • Just what you'd expect from a luxury hotel. Excellent and very attentive staff. Large modern rooms with "smart home" features. Great breakfast included.
  • One of the best stays I've had in a hotel. Very beautiful and relaxing. The staff makes you feel like royalty.
  • One of my favourite hotels in London. Friendly staff, great food and just beautiful. If you stay here, you will not want to leave!
  • Top notch hotel. Great service and wonderful rooms
  • Loved lunch at The Cut, 45 Park lane, the cheesy sticks, the choice of bread pre starter and the fabulous selection of steaks means it is impossible to leave hungry. Choose from American, Australian, UK, Japanese steak with multiple sauces and sides to choose from and accompanied by a lengthly wine list, The Cut is simply divine.

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