Holland Park

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 (Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park - © Andrew Brackenbury)
Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park - © Andrew Brackenbury
Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park
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 (Kyoto Garden, Holland Park - © Andrew Brackenbury)
Kyoto Garden, Holland Park - © Andrew Brackenbury
Kyoto Gardens at Holland Park
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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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