Despite its high status on the Monopoly board, Park Lane is actually quite an ugly street. It runs the ¾ mile between Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner, with a very busy main road blocking out the views.
It owes its prestige to being at the western end of Mayfair. Large houses were erected in the 1820s, but the huge volume of traffic pushed them out to quieter climes. They have gradually been replaced by posh car showrooms, high class offices and some of London’s finest hotels.