Located in an upscale neighborhood near central London, Holland Park is a favorite spot for weekend strolls. As well as woods, tennis courts, and various gardens—including the Japanese-style Kyoto Garden—the park is also home to what’s left of the once-sprawling 17th-century Holland House, and a muster of resident peacocks.
Tranquil and leafy, Holland Park is an excellent place to take a breather from the thronged streets of central London. Stroll through the calming Japanese garden, picnic on the lawns, people-watch from the on-site café, view the east wing of Holland House (the rest of which was destroyed during World War II bombings), and visit the Holland Park Ecology Centre, which host talks, guided walks, and workshops from a facility on the west side of the park. The park is a stop on some hop-on hop-off bus tours of London.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Holland Park is a lovely spot for families—adults can loll while children let off some steam.
- Wear comfortable footwear, and bring sunblock and water in summer.
- Pack a picnic or enjoy a drink and snack at the park’s café. A fine-dining restaurant is also located within the park.
- Holland Park is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Holland Park is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. The nearest Tube station is Holland Park (Central line), while the Kensington Olympia train station—served by Overground and Southern Railway—is fewer than 10 minutes from the park on foot. London’s Design Museum abuts the park to the south.
When to Get There
Holland Park is open daily from early morning to sunset. The park is busiest on sunny Saturday and Sunday afternoons, though even then it rarely feels crowded. The best time to visit is during summer, when open-air opera performances are staged in the park.
Opera Holland Park
Every summer, Holland Park is the setting for a series of outdoor opera productions. During the season, up to 1,000 audience members take their seats under a temporary canopy in the park to watch both famous and lesser-known works being performed in an open-air setting. You must purchase tickets in advance; spaces for wheelchair patrons are available.