Keen Monopoly players will no doubt be familiar with Park Lane, the second most expensive property on the board, but what is this part of London like in real life? With a long and varied history, Park Lane is one of the most interesting streets in the city and well worth a visit.
Park Lane today
There is plenty to see and do in Park Lane and the surrounding area. The fine houses that line the lane, many of which were built in the 19th century, make taking a stroll here more than worthwhile, especially when combined with the views of Hyde Park on the other side of the road. Park Lane is also home to the Animals in War Memorial, which pays tribute to the many animals that have been used in various human conflicts. It is thought that around eight million horses, donkeys and mules were killed in World War One alone.
Once you’ve finished exploring Park Lane, you can head west into Hyde Park or go east into Mayfair, where many of London’s rich and famous residents can be found. Buckingham Palace is just under a mile’s walk to the south and from there Trafalgar Square is only a 15-minute walk away.
Park Lane in the past
Park Lane’s routes can be traced back to a farm lane that ran alongside what is now Hyde Park in the medieval period. In the 18th century, it became known as Tyburn Lane and the gallows at its end served as London’s primary spot for public executions.
By the 19th century, Park Lane had begun to attract some of Britain’s wealthiest citizens, who made their homes in grand houses here. One of these mansions, Londonderry House, was used as a military hospital during the First World War. The lane suffered significant bomb damage during the Second World War and General Dwight Eisenhower, who would later become US president, was based on the street once American forces entered the conflict.
Park Lane continues to attract the wealthy, and property prices here are among the highest in all of London. Perhaps the most famous person to have called Park Lane home is Benjamin Disraeli, who twice served as prime minister in the mid-19th century.
Park Lane can be easily reached from any of Montcalm’s luxury London Hotels. Marble Arch (Central Line) Tube station is at the northern end of the lane, while Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly) is just a short walk away from the south.