16 Facts About Park Lane


Park Lane is a major road in the City of Westminster, in Central London.

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When Hyde Park was opened in the 16th century, the lane ran north–south along its eastern boundary from Piccadilly to Marble Arch.

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Tyburn Park Lane took its name from the former Tyburn, a village which had declined in the 14th century.

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Park Lane purchased the adjacent property and converted the buildings into one mansion known for a period as Holdernesse House.

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Park Lane subsequently became an in-demand residential address, offering views across Hyde Park and a position at the most fashionable western edge of London.

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In 1845, a house on Park Lane was advertised as "one of the most recherche in London".

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Much of the land to the east of Park Lane was owned by the Grosvenor Estate, whose policy was to construct large family homes attracting the nouveau riche to the area.

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Character of Park Lane changed from prestigious houses in the early 20th century, as residents began to complain about motor traffic and the noise from buses.

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The Park Lane Hotel was built in 1927, designed by the architects Adie, Button and Partners.

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From World War II onwards, the hotel and Park Lane become renowned for accommodating numerous international film stars, and it was closely associated with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Park Lane enjoyed the views of Hyde Park and in 2003 painted an eponymous portrait, Park Lane.

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Many of the hotels and establishments on Park Lane are today owned by some of the wealthiest Middle Eastern and Asian businessmen, sheikhs and sultans.

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Park Lane is the second most valuable property in the London edition of the board game Monopoly.

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In 1988, the World Monopoly Championships were held at the Park Lane Hotel, sponsored by Waddingtons, manufacturers of the British version.

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Since the game's original production, prices on the real Park Lane have held their value, though average rent costs have been overtaken by Bond Street.

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Mini Countryman Park Lane is a high-end four wheel drive sport utility vehicle named after the road, where the company has a showroom.

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