A stroll through London’s Holland Park

View of Holland Park in London

Located between the affluent neighbourhoods of Kensington and Notting Hill and, somehow away from the tourist route, Holland Park is London’s secret oasis. It stretches over 22 hectares and can be accessed by underground from the stations of High Street Kensington, Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park (this is the closest to one of the entrances to the park). Although Holland Park can be visited alone, a more rewarding experience can be had by joining a guided tour, to get a better understanding of the park and its features and to learn more about the history of this part of London.

Walking in Holland Park

Passing the opulent mansions along Holland Avenue, walk uphill to find the entrance to the park.

A house in Notting Hill in London

Walking through the gate of Holland Park, it means leaving the hustle and bustle of London behind to relax in the peaceful surroundings.

Lord Holland statue in Holland Park

View of the pond at Holland Park

It is a short walk from the Sun Terrace to Lord Holland statue, and a small pond. From here, it is another short walk to a formal garden; once known as the Portuguese Garden it was renamed the Dutch Garden after international relationships with Portugal turned sour.It looks at its best on a sunny Spring day when colorful tulips can be seen.

View of the Dutch Garden at Holland Park

Tulips in the Dutch Garden at Holland Park

View of the sundial in Holland Park

Walking through the Dutch garden, pass the sundial, there is a giant chess board to keep visitors to the park entertained.

View of the giant chess board at Holland Park

Holland House orangerie

Holland House can be seen from here. Sadly, most of the building was destroyed during the Second World War; part of it has been transformed to include a youth hostel, a restaurant, a cafe and the orangery with beautiful murals depicting the story of the park.

View of the colorful murals at Holland Park

Restaurant at Holland Park

In summer Holland House forms the background for operas staged in the open-air theater at the park.

View of the Ice House in London's Holland Park

The nearby Ice House looks like a building that might have been part of the set of the Lord of the Rings movies; beautifully restored it is now an art gallery, providing space for a number of exhibitions during the summer months.

The plaque at the entrance of Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

Holland Park has got a number of open spaces and enclosed gardens the most famous being the Kyoto Garden. Built in 1991 to celebrate the Japan Festival in London, this beautifully manicured garden takes visitors on a short trip to Japan.In true Japanese style the garden needs to be visited walking clockwise around it.

View of the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

View of a lantern at Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

Lantern in Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

Lantern and water feature in Holland Park's Kyoto Garden

Kyoto Garden view, London

There are a number of features in the Kyoto Garden including lanterns, lawns designed to resemble waves, a waterfall and a pond with a turtle-shaped island in the middle.

Fukushima Garden sign in LOndon's Holland Park

View of Fukushima Garden in London

Recently, the garden has been extended to include the Fukushima Garden. It commemorates the gratitude of the Japanese people for the help provided by Britain following the terrible earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.

Kyoto Garden sign, London

When visiting this area of Holland Park there are two things to look out for: try not to fall in the pond while crossing the bridge at Kyoto Garden while taking pictures and, keep an eye out for one of the famous resident peacocks normally found mingling in the area.

View of the pond at Kyoto Garden in London's Holland Park

Peacock at Holland Park

Holland Park is also the site for a number of statues and sculptures, included the aforementioned statue of Lord Holland, the Walking Man, and a number of temporary sculptures like the curiously named The Eccentricity of Zero by the renowned artist Sinta Tantra.

View of The Walking Man statue in Holland Park

One of the sculptures in Holland Park

View of The Eccentricity of Zero sculpture in London's Holland Park

A visit to Holland Park would not be complete without a stop in the cafe’for a well deserved break before diving back into the traffic, noise and crowds of High Street Kensington or Notting Hill.

9 thoughts on “A stroll through London’s Holland Park

  1. I love this post! I never really thought about Holland Park before but it looks like there is so much to see. I think I’d like the Japanese garden the most although the Dutch garden was really beautiful too.

    • Sorry Mandy, I have just realized I did not reply to your comment! I hope Holland Park has not been affected by the storm as it is a lovely place to visit. If you do go I suggest you join Yannick on one of his guided walks around the park…highly recommended!

  2. A brilliant walk through Holland Park! Bravo! Chapeaux to you. One small error – it’s The Walking Man statue by Sean Henry – not Man Walking. Yannick’s walk comes highly recommended too.

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