Lanes of London

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Restaurant review: Lanes of London

By Leila Stocker

Now in its 10th anniversary, London’s Winter Wonderland appears for a couple of months in Hyde Park each November, an even larger spectacle every year.

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In fact this season 2.5 million people are expected to visit. And its multi-coloured flashing rides and stalls creep ever further towards Hyde Park’s stalwart stations of Marble Arch and Green Park.

Though while its cat & mouse coasters and Bavarian beer tents undeniably enthral and entertain, it’s true the park’s culinary scene leaves little to the imagination.

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Gallant gastronomes visiting Hyde Park this season need not worry however, as a nourishing nirvana lies a stone’s throw away – Lanes of London.

Festive lights adorn this restaurant’s entrance outside. Steps lead up to a glamorous revolving hallway entrance, opposite a fifties-style mirrored bar.

We started our evening with a Nicola 6 cocktail, off their extensive menu. This delicate fruity martini is Lanes’s signature drink – served in a champagne coup. It arrives with the delightful barman Davide’s own invention of a sweet and foamy sprayed prosecco floating on top.

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Once seated with a park view, starters were a hamhock pate served with seeded bread and cider chutney, plus a deconstructed crayfish and prawn cocktail – served on delicate lettuce cups.

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Mains were perfectly grilled fillet steak, served with a balsamic peppercorn glaze and skinny fries. Seabass arrived with caper dressing, atop a fine fennel compote. Both were moreish and flavoursome.

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Puddings were a sharp key lime pie, with side of fragrant coconut sorbet. And the bitter chocolate tart we ordered was in fact a sweet surprise – its praline ice cream side gave gratifying crunch.

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Perfect for meeting friends, dates or family, with a buzzing view of Winter Wonderland’s rides and park beyond, Lanes of London is perfect for wonderful winter feasts.

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London Marriott Hotel Park Lane 140 Park Lane London, W1K 7AA

Reservations: 020 7647 5664

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