Holland Park

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Holland Park Holland Park in London is a tree-lined oasis with Japanese gardens, a mansion-turned-youth hostel, & more. Check out this great London park with Party Earth. London England 51.500982 -0.20299
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Party Earth Review London is famous for its urban green spaces, but Holland Park is a less-traveled gem, with fifty-four acres of lush gardens and trees surrounded by some of the city’s most expensive real estate. Originally the grounds... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central Line: Holland Park; Circle, District Lines: High Street Kensington; District Line, London Overground: Kensington (Olympia)

  • Phone:

    020 7938 8190

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  • Hours:

    Daily 7:30am–thirty minutes before dusk

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Holland Park Review

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Holland Park in London is a tree-lined oasis with Japanese gardens, a mansion-turned-youth hostel, & more. Check out this great London park with Party Earth.

London is famous for its urban green spaces, but Holland Park is a less-traveled gem, with fifty-four acres of lush gardens and trees surrounded by some of the city’s most expensive real estate.

Originally the grounds for the 17th-century Cope Castle mansion, which suffered extensive damage during WWII, the area still features a section of the castle that’s been refurbished into a beautiful youth hostel that looks like it should charge an admission fee.

Warm days see yummy mummies jogging with their strollers and perfectly coiffed residents walking their stylish canines along meandering paths, often stopping in at the elegant Belvedere restaurant – formerly Cope’s ballroom – for a bite of £18 fish and chips and rounds of tea – pinkies in the air, of course.

Amid the cackles of peacocks and the occasional snort of pigs – used to help clear some of the grounds – the culturally inclined can check out several commissioned sculptures and a small art gallery, as old European men play chess at regular tables and kids move giant pawns around an oversized board.

There’s also an open-air theater that hosts opera during the summer, and a traditional Kyoto Garden that provides a reflective spot to escape the city amid waterfalls and a glossy pond filled with overfed carp.

Cricket grounds and tennis courts round out the offerings at Holland Park, a beautiful retreat that – unlike most places in this part of town – is completely free to enjoy.

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Tip from Emma:

Want to really get to know Holland Park? Print out this free walking guide that will take you from the tube through areas to the north and south of the High Street and Holland Park itself.

  • Crowd

    Moneyed locals and Chelsea’s nouveau-riche mix with youth hostel guests, savvy tourists, and residents of every stripe looking to escape the mad pulse of the city. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Opera Holland Park performances June through the second week of August in the open-air theater.

    Golf practice nets, two tennis courts, and a cricket ground.

    Occasional art exhibitions (schedule varies) and several sculptures throughout the park.

    Chess tables, including a giant chess set.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Holland Park Café serves fresh, seasonal food, including take-away snack lunch boxes. The more upscale Belvedere restaurant offers a range of gourmet cuisine and traditional British fare.

    The park’s Ecology Centre offers various classes and activities in nature and photography throughout the year.

  • Prices

    Park entry is free. Food at the Holland Park Café £2–£8+, entrées at the Belvedere £15.50–£30.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes, though most locals wear designer duds, even if it’s a jogging outfit.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any warm day.

  • Close By

    Mitre (40 Holland Park Avenue) is a a busy and stylish gastropub great for groups that serves a tasty British menu with dishes like Berkshire partridge, pork belly, rump of lamb, and roast duck.

Holland Park User Reviews

Average rating:
Beautiful Park in a great part of the city
Devon M. Aug 17, 2013
I was fortunate enough to live in the Holland Park area for a few months and loved it! It is such a beautiful part of the city full of old buildings and cute shops. The park itself is smaller than Hyde Park but just as beautiful and much less crowded. It is a great place to have a picnic, go for a run, or just to walk through on your way home from work. The sculptures are beautiful and the playground is a great place to let your kids run around for a while, while you admire the views. I would recommend this park to anyone visiting London and exploring the Holland Park/Notting Hill area for a great place to relax after a hectic day of sightseeing.
favorite park in London
Tara R. Dec 7, 2012
I may be biased having stayed at the hostel in the park, but Holland Park is beautiful, never crowded, and alternates between feeling like Robin Hood’s forest and a proper English park. There are sculptures everywhere, a tamed and well-loved English garden with roses, a mini art gallery, and the Kyoto Garden, which is probably the most unique part of London’s parks. Holland Park is of course great in summer, but in fall as the leaves turn it’s a very inspiring, contemplative place once you get past the women walking their dogs in heels.
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