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103 Kensington Church Street
103 Kensington Church Street
103 Kensington Church Street
Welcome to our Holland Park Area Guide. Comprised of leafy suburban roads and an abundance of restaurants, cafes and boutique shops, Holland Park has a something to keep every resident happy.
Just a short walk from the busy streets of Notting Hill and Kensington High Street, Holland Park offers residents a more peaceful surrounding. Full of large attractive terraced houses, dainty cobbled streets and small charming mews, it’s easy to see why the area is one of London’s most sought after locations, with many famous faces choosing Holland Park as the location to settle in the capital.
Whilst Holland Park offers a somewhat village tranquillity, its attraction lies in its short proximity to other west London hotspots. The bustling streets of Notting Hill, High Street Kensington and Portobello Road are just a stone’s throw away, not to mention the glorious green space of Holland Park itself, considered the city’s most romantic public space and perfect for everything from a relaxing walk to sports-based activities.
The Strutt & Parker Notting Hill and Kensington offices sell and let a variety of properties ranging from the most classic family homes to newly built modernised flats.
For lovers of the outdoors, Holland Park itself is regarded as one of London’s most romantic and tranquil parks. Spanning an impressive 54 acres, the park is comprised of various garden areas, semi-wild woodland, as well as various leisurely attractions, such as tennis courts, an outside gym, an open air theatre, world-class restaurants and the stunning Kyoto Garden; a beautiful Japanese garden which was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991.
Food and drink
Alongside an array of popular high-street chain restaurants, Holland Park also has an abundance of excellent independent restaurants, all ranging from formal fine-dining, to quaint, charming bistro affairs. For a unique dining experience there is perhaps no place better than The Belvedere Restaurant, which occupies what was once the 17th century Summer Ballroom of Holland House. With the area boasting such a wide-variety of cafes and restaurants, - serving some of the most authentic dishes from around the world - you’ll soon find yourself a regular customer in more places than anticipated.
Art and architecture
Tucked away in a quiet street in Holland Park, Leighton House is the home of Victorian artist, Lord Leighton who was a renowned world traveller and collector. Refurbished and reopened in 2010 it’s now an attraction for art, history and architecture lovers.
The house itself is considered a work of art and is host to an eclectic collection of classic treasures from around the world displayed in a number of beautiful rooms, decorated in intricate style. The most famous room is perhaps the Arab Hall which was designed to showcase Leighton’s impressive collection of 16th century Middle Eastern glazed tiles in a colourful and striking arrangement. Open every day except for Tuesdays there are a number of concessions for National Trust Members, under 5’s, Seniors and Art Fund Members.
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A leisurely stroll through Kyoto Gardens, the stunning Japanese themed green-space that is at the heart of all of Holland Park’s great attractions. Other options include a trip to view the remains of the 17th century Holland House, a peek inside the stunning Leighton House and simply taking time out to lounge in the peaceful gardens is a delight in itself.
Clarendon Cross – which is semi-pedestrianised - offers residents a wide-variety of independent boutique shops that sell everything from art to the finest quality meat and poultry, all in a unique ‘village’ like atmosphere. Two particular recommendations are the excellent greengrocer, Michanicoui Bros and popular deli Jeroboams.
Eating and Drinking
The Belevedere Restaurant in the heart of Holland Park is a very popular attraction with visitors, however Julie’s Restaurant & Champagne also offers something very special. This eatery offers exceptional food in even more stunning surroundings, comprised of electric furnishings and an array of uniquely decorated rooms, all boasting their own vivid personality.
There is a wealth of charming independent shops along Holland Park Avenue, from upmarket butcher Lidgate, to the impressive Daunt Books store, and renowned bakers, Maison Blanc.
Walking directly south from Holland Park Avenue you’ll find Holland Park Road and Holland Park; charming residential streets offering everything from large-scale 19th century houses, to quainter quiet properties offering peace away from the busier main roads.
The park itself consists of a variety of access points, from main walkways and paths connecting all the way to High Street Kensington at the base of the park in the south, to more rural woodland walks that weave through the stunning Kyoto Gardens.
Holland Park boasts some of the finest schools in West London, with options for students of all ages.
International students seeking to take an IB (International Baccalaureate) and DP (Diploma Programme) also have the option to attend the Kensington campus of the Southbank International School which serves students between the ages of 3 to 19.
For a more comprehensive list of schools in the area we recommend the Good Schools Guide.
As with most areas in west London, transportation around the capital is incredibly convenient. Holland Park station sits on the Central Line in Zone 2, connecting west to east, with a journey to the centre of London taking less than 15 minutes. Just a short walk either side of Holland Park is Notting Hill Gate Station (east), connecting the Circle and District lines, and Shepherds Bush (west), on the Central and London Overground lines.
Travelling to and from Holland Park by bus is also extremely easy, with local routes serving Camden Town (31), White City (148), Maida Vale (228), Clapham Junction (295), Piccadilly Circus (94) and Cricklewood (316), with several routes running 24 hours and the N207 night bus to Holborn.
Situated in the heart of gorgeous west London and boasting one of the most beautiful parks in all of London, Holland Park offers a real unique living experience, far away from the city’s fast-paced nature.