Holland Park

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Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park - © Andrew Brackenbury
Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park
© Chris McCooey
Kyoto Garden, Holland Park - © Andrew Brackenbury
Kyoto Gardens at Holland Park
© Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out
© Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out
© Andrew Brackenbury / Time Out
© Chris McCooey
Holland Park

The history of Holland Park, one of London’s finest green spaces, makes an interesting tale for history buffs and horticulturalists alike. The park surrounds a Jacobean mansion, Holland House, named after its second owner, the Earl of Holland, whose wife was the first person in England to successfully grow dahlias. In the 19th century, Holland House became a hub of political and literary activity, visited by Disraeli and Lord Byron amongst others, but was largely destroyed by bombs during WWII. These days, dahlias are still grown within the 55 acres of Holland Park, which also houses the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens with its koi carp and bridge at the foot of a waterfall. Not to be missed for families is the playground, with its extensive climbing equipment, zip wire, giant see-saw and tyre swing. There’s also a fenced-in separate play area for younger children. In summer, open-air theatre and opera are staged in the park.

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Venue name: Holland Park
Address: Ilchester Place
W8 6LU
Opening hours: Daily 7.30am-30 minutes before dusk
Transport: Tube: Holland Park/Kensington High St
Price: Free
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Lisa R

I visit Holland Park once a year to meet up with a friend and her daughter. Our daughters are now too old, but in previous years have taken advantage of the fantastic selection of events taking place in the Ecology Centre (which I believe has recently been refurbished). This year we all went just to walk and talk. The park is big enough for a good walk round and has woods, ornamental gardens; and a wonderful Japanese garden with a waterfall and quiet contemplation area. There is a playground which would suit children from very young up until teenagers. There is a cafe, but it only has sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee. There are ice-creams to buy alongside the cafe, and they are worth the steep price. There is a more expensive restaurant called the Belvedere, run by Marco Pierre White and an excellent art studio, called the Ice House. There are tennis courts and lots of events happening on a daily basis. Look on their website before you visit for information on these and lots of interesting facts about the history of the park.


My intention for visiting Holland Park was to see the Kyoto Garden which I'd heard and read so often about and safe to say I wasn't disappointed! I've previously visited the Japanese Garden in Monte Carlo, but London's far out-shone theirs, such a beautiful and peaceful place to be. The full springtime bloom at the time of my visit definitely added to the garden's gorgeousness and visiting alone meant I was fully able to appreciate the peaceful vibes and 'space for thought' of the Kyoto Garden, although would also be a perfect location for couples. The rest of Holland Park is definitely underrated too!

Carly-Ann Clements
Staff Writer

This is such a beautiful park and a wonderful place to take a romantic stroll, have a picnic or even take a fun jog. There are so many things happening in this tranquil park - including some rather wily peacocks that roam free - that it's a really fun, varied afternoon out.

Bit it's not as busy as it sounds. You can definitely get a moment of calm in the Kyoto Garden with its big koi pond, waterfall and peaceful atmosphere. I would say to go and read a book there but to be honest, the sound of the water trickling down to the pond where the little fish mouths ripple the surface will distract you so much that you'll have to read the same page five times before you realise you're not going to soak anything in.

Elizabeth Greitzer

Also great areas for kids are the wild forest play area (closed for winter - check back in summer) and the pond and nature preserve which has regular open days. You can walk back in the woods with no buildings in site - and not believe you are minutes away from Kensington High Street. Another recently opened area is the remains of Holland House. When the opera is not set up - you can walk around the grounds and out along a high walkway surveying the park below.