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Holland Park

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Holland Park

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Kensington-Chelsea, London England
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Amy C wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom216 contributions111 helpful votes
Good park to visit in covid-19 era big and green space to loiter in cafe shops near by to get a bagel
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Brian T wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom3,085 contributions4,798 helpful votes
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Holland Park is a delightfully pleasant and easily accessible green space in the inner London neighbourhood of Kensington. It was once the grounds of Cope Castle, a large Jacobean mansion hidden in the woods which was built by Sir Walter Cope in the early 17th century. Sir Walter Cope was the Chancellor of the Exchequer under King James 1. I think the park takes its name from one of the mansion’s owners, the Earl of Holland whose wife Lady Rich inherited the property )and apparently grew beautiful dahlias). The park it certainly worth a visit, and it has a number of interesting things to see. Firstly there’s the remains of the old Holland House, the former Cope Castle. The house was badly damaged during World War II. One wing was saved and is used as a youth hostel. A section of the front terrace was also saved. This is often used as a backdrop for the park's summertime open-air theatre productions and opera performances. There’s some beautiful tile work on display nearby. However the attraction in the park which draws in most of the crowds is the beautiful and perfectly-formed Kyoto Garden. The Kyoto Garden was designed and built by an eminent Japanese Garden designer and his team. It was created to celebrate the Japan Festival in London in 1992. The garden was a 22-acre gift from the city of Kyoto in Japan to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK. It was open in 1991 and is very well curated and designed to resemble gardens in Japan. The garden abounds in the traditional Japanese features: a waterfall, carp pond, stepping stones, Japanese lanterns and Japanese plantings. It is very pretty, but was not particularly calm and peaceful (as you would usually expect) due to children viewing it as a playground for running around and screaming. Adjoining the Kyoto Garden is the newer Fukushima Garden . This garden was created as an expression of gratitude from Japan for the support British people had given following the tsunami in Fukushima in March 2011. It’s a more open, grassy, verdant space with pebbled pathways, grassy slopes and traditional gentle stairs, but it is also designed as a place for quiet contemplation. Just inside the entrance to the Fukushima Garden you’ll notice three ‘growing’ stones; these symbolise the hope of renewal for Fukushima after the disasters. Note that picnics are not allowed in these gardens, and dogs are not allowed as there is wildlife such as peacocks roaming around, and Koi carp in the ponds. The park has other features as well. There’s a heavily wooded area with walking paths to explore. There’s open grassy spaces for games, a playground, and a number of sports facilities such as tennis courts and football pitches. There’s some curious sculptures and pieces of public art dotted throughout the park. There’s a cafe and toilet facilities in the park. The park is free to visit, and open from 07:30am. It’s accessible from either Holland Park or High Street Kensington Underground stations.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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futtock21 wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom9,843 contributions1,198 helpful votes
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Holland Park is probably better known as a select residential area between Marble Arch and Notting Hill Gate or just a station on the Central Lane rather than one of the smaller of Central London’s open spaces. Its entrance from Kensington High Street along a narrow corridor next to the Design Museum and a sports field affords little preview of the manifold attractions that lie ahead. The largest of these are what is left of the once mighty Holland House much of which was destroyed in World War II one wing of which has survived as a Youth Hostel and a single walled facade from which acts as a backdrop to open air operatic performances in the Summer. Some ancient walls remain from the former Jacobean mansion Coke House which previously stood on the site and which was the home of James I’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, the grounds of which comprise the modern day park. For me the main attraction is the exquisite Kyoto Garden first laid out in 1968 as a gift from Japan to the Royal Borough. In these dark times visitors are obliged to follow a clockwise route around the lake in which carp and other fish swim against the backdrop of a waterfall over rocks. Other attractions include an adventure playground, Ecology Centre, a small garden with a triangular sundial firming part of a sculpture with two giant tortoises; the Belvedere restaurant complete with sculptures of flying Greek goddesses (currently closed); a cafe serving take-away beverages and comestibles; a statue of Lord Holland doubtless soon to be replaced by one of Lady Diane Abbott.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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T R E K wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom227 contributions63 helpful votes
This place used to be known as Cope Castle, as it was Sir Walter Cope who built it, a lovely looking castle more like a mansion house , I liked the colour of it , never seen an orange Castle before. check it out
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Date of experience: September 2020
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gillatacocugu wrote a review Aug 2020
Felixstowe, United Kingdom16 contributions23 helpful votes
I loved the gardens and watching the wildlife in the Kyoto Garden. I felt relaxed and very happy in this park.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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