138 Park Lane, which was featured as a Home Guard headquarters in the film The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. [3] The nearest tube stations are Hyde Park Corner on the Piccadilly line near the street's southern end and Marble Arch on the Central line near its northern end. 41 in 1923, and stayed there during their theatrical appearances at London's West End. [27][28][29] 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. 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. [55] Additionally, a car park was installed under the road, which became the largest underground parking area in London. [30], During World War II, several properties on Park Lane were hit by bombs. The Dorchester Collection connects The Dorchester on Park Lane to other luxury hotels internationally, including The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air of Los Angeles, and the Hôtel Meurice of Paris. The hotel was bought by ITT Sheraton in April 1996 for $70 million. 100. The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is a 5 Star hotel on Piccadilly, London. [5] When Hyde Park was opened in the 16th century, the lane ran north-south along its eastern boundary from Piccadilly to Marble Arch. However, buildings were redeveloped to allow penthouse flats, which became popular. Its prestigious status has been commemorated by being the second-most expensive property square on the London Monopoly board. [2] At Brook Gate, partway along the road, there is a traffic signal controlled pedestrian and cycle crossing connecting Hyde Park to London Cycle Route 39, the recommended cycling route from the park to the West End. Current residents include business mogul Mohamed Al-Fayed and former council leader and Lord Mayor Dame Shirley Porter. [6] In July 1866, following the destruction of the boundary railings after a demonstration supporting the Second Reform Bill, the road was widened as far as Stanhope Gate. In 2011, Johnson introduced spot fines for coaches idling on Park Lane. The 1st Baron Stewart, a British aristocrat, and later, during World War I, the house was used as a military hospital. 11 Park Lane in June 1944. [50] In 1978, a new branch of the Allied Arab Bank opened at 131–2 Park Lane,[51] facilitating the interests of both Arab world and western clients. [11] After the war, Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, and his wife, Edith Helen Chaplin, continued to use the house and entertained there extensively. [16], Brook House, at No. It is used by London bus routes 2, 6, 13, 16, 23, 36, 74, 137, 148, 390, 414[2] and night bus routes N2, N16, N74 and N137. He purchased the adjacent property and converted the buildings into one mansion, which was known for a period as Holdernesse House. [46] Rough sleepers also made use of the road's surroundings from at least 2012, with large begging gangs or other homeless groups sleeping in subways or covered shopping parades despite occasionally being cleared or moved on by police. The road is a primary route, classified A4202. [67], Park Lane is the second most valuable property in the London edition of the board game Monopoly. When Hyde Park was opened in the 16th century, the lane ran north-south along its eastern boundary from Piccadilly to Marble Arch. Park Lane is about 0.7 miles (1.1 km) long, and runs north from Hyde Park Corner to Marble Arch, along the eastern flank of Hyde Park.