- High Street Kensington
- Holland Park
- Notting Hill Gate
With over 54 acres of land, Holland Park features a giant chess set, an Orangery, a Japanese Garden, sports facilities, children’s play areas and wildlife. There are also events that occur throughout the year such as the opera in the summer and wildlife walks for children and adults year-wide.
The grounds of Holland Park once belonged to Sir Walter Cope in the early 17th century. The park still exhibits Sir Walter Cope’s former Cope Castle, which is now known as Holland House. The house, however, was largely destroyed during WWII by German firebombing. Today only part of the east wing and the ground floor are remaining. These ruins have been preserved by the council and provide a backdrop to the Opera Holland Park, which performs during the summer under a temporary canopy with open sides.
Holland Park is home to many a squirrel, as well as peacocks – definitely not something you’d typically find in London. In 2010, pigs were temporarily brought into the park to clear the woodland area and to remove the bracken, bramble and nettle without having to use harsh chemicals. Again in 2013, Longhorn cows were used to complete the same job, making the area suitable for wildflowers to flourish later on in the year. It’s clear that our fine borough will go to great lengths to protect the environment!
The sports facilities in Holland Park include: tennis courts, football pitches, golf practice nets, cricket practice nets, as well as netball courts, which are available for all members of the public to use. They should be booked and paid for in advance by contacting the RBKC sports and leisure office.