Holland Park London

I visited Holland Park in London in 2009. Its located in one of the costliest areas in London where residential prices go well into millions of pounds.

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Among other things the park contains a famous Orangery, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, a Japanese garden, a Youth Hostel, one of London's best equipped children's playgrounds, squirrels and (impressively for a London park) peacocks. Today the remains of the house form a backdrop for the open air Holland Park Theatre, which is the home of Opera Holland Park. The green-roofed Commonwealth Institute lies to the south.

In the early 17th century, the grounds and mansion were inherited by the wife of Sir Henry, Earl of Holland, where the Holland park in London gets its name from. The Holland family retained the property until 1889. During World War II Holland House was badly damaged and only one wing was saved. This wing is now used as a youth hostel in the centre of the park. In the summertime open-air theatre productions and classical concerts have the remaining section of the front terrace as a unique backdrop. A rose garden and Japanese garden are two of the many gardens within the park along with many enjoyable tree-lined walks. There is also a cafe and a restaurant house in the former Garden Ballroom, originally built in the mid 1800's and the old Orangery often plays host to art exhibitions. The main entrance is next to the Commonwealth Experience off High Street Kensington.

Nearest Tube : Holland Park / High Street Kensington.

My impression is at best it can be described as a jogging park for nearby residents. To be honest this would be the last park I would visit in London.

 

 

 

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