About the Area
Holland Park is an upscale West London neighbourhood in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This region includes the area surrounding Holland Road, as well as Holland Park itself. Surrounding the park is a highly desirable residential neighbourhood, which is also home to a number of businesses including restaurants, shops, and hotels, as well as a number of foreign embassies. The homes in the Holland Park area are some of the most expensive in the world. Larger homes in the area are regularly sold for upwards of £10 million. Many of these homes were built in the early 19th century, when the area was first developed.
Places of Interest
Holland Park itself is a large urban greenery which contains both well-manicured gardens and lush, semi-wild woodland. The park is also used for sports and recreation, and includes tennis courts, a cricket pitch, and a children's playground. Other notable features of this park include an orangery (classical-style conservatory building), a Japanese garden, a youth hostel, an open-air theatre, and even a giant chess set. The Holland Park orangery, once a Victorian dining hall and entertainment parlour, is now a popular venue for weddings and upscale parties. The park's open-air theatre is home to Holland Park Opera, an opera company that puts on outdoor performances throughout the summer season. Also found in the park is a large animal population which primarily includes squirrels and peacocks. Directly surrounding the park you will find a few restaurants and cafes, including Belvedere (French) on Abbotsbury Road, and the Holland Park Cafe on Ilchester Place. For plenty more dining choices, head north to Holland Park Road near the Holland Park tube station and you will find restaurants of all types and in all price ranges. For banks, head south to Kensington High Street where you will find all of the major institutions. Also in the area are a few hotels, including the four-star Hilton London Kensington on Holland Park Avenue.
The Holland Park area can be easily accessed on the underground via the Kensington High Street station to the south and the Holland Park station to the north. The Kensington High Street station is part of the District Line, while the Holland Park station is on the Central Line. From Kensington High Street station, simply walk southwest along Kensington High Street until you reach Holland Park. From Holland Park station, you will find yourself directly on Holland Park Road. The area is also accessible via overground train from the Kensington (Olympia) station, which is part of the London commuter rail service. Additionally, the area can also be accessed by bus, as routes 31, 94, 148, 228, 295, 316, and N207 pass through the area. The area is also easy to find by car, as Holland Park Road is part of the A320, which acts as a major thoroughfare for vehicle traffic. However, as the area around the park is mainly residential, parking can be difficult to find. As an alternative to street parking, there are car parks near Kensington (Olympia) station, as well as the Kensington High Street tube station.