ABOUT HOLLAND PARK
Holland Park is a park as well as a leafy district in west London, situated in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. There are no official boundaries, although the area is considered as: north of Kensington High Street, east of Holland Road, south of Holland Park Avenue to the north and west of Kensington Church Street. Today the area to the north-west of Holland Park Avenue (between Portland Road and Royal crescent) is also considered to be included.
HISTORY OF HOLLAND PARK
Holland Park was rural until the nineteenth century and was largely the former grounds of a Jacobean mansion called Holland House, originally known as Cope Castle, and is situated in what is now Holland Park. Decades later residential development began, most notably the Phillimore Estate (with at least four roads with the name Phillimore included) and the streets surrounding Campden Hill Square. In the late nineteenth century a number of notable artists (including Frederic Leighton, P.R.A. and Val Prinsep) and art collectors lived in the area, and the group were collectively known as “The Holland Park Circle“. Frederic Leighton’s house is now a public museum, Leighton House Museum on Holland Park Road. One of the most architecturally interesting addresses is The Royal Crescent (pictured) designed in 1839 and inspired by The Royal Crescent in Bath.
PROPERTY IN HOLLAND PARK
Some of London’s grandest houses can be found in Holland Park such as the impressive Victorian mansions on the road of the same name, Holland Park. Some of central London’s most expensive houses can be found on Ilchester Place on the south-west side of the park. Also, worth mentioning are the stand alone villas on Holland Villas Road to the west bordering neighbouring Shepherd’s Bush. The area is also home to a number of imposing mansion blocks such as Oakwood Court which consists of twelve blocks and is a mixture between Edwardian and Art Deco architecture. There are impressive houses along Abbotsbury Road and Melbury Road, both running along the west side of the park. Melbury Road was recently in the spotlight due to Robbie Williams’ plan to redevelop Woodland House, which is directly next door to The tower House – home to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. On the other side of Holland Park Avenue you can buy beautiful houses in Norland Square and period conversions in Royal Crsecent.
LIVING IN HOLLAND PARK
Holland Park is considered one of central London’s grandest districts due to the generously sized mansions. Holland Park is traditionally English but also very popular with buyers from Russia. The park itself is wonderfully diverse including the well known Kyoyto Garden. The Japanese garden was opened in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. Holland Park has an opera event each season, including an elegant marquee auditorium for open-air opera performances. Also worth noting is royal butcher C.Lidgate on Holland Park Avenue, run by Danny Lidgate who is the fifth generation of his family to run this 150 year old business. He and his father David personally choose organic and grass-fed beef, lamb and pork from free range and organic farms and estates. Restaurants worth visiting are The Belvedere with a modern European menu, in a grand seventeenth century summer ballroom at the centre of Holland Park. Also worth noting is local favourite Edera, serving Italian classics and signature Sardinian specialities. Holland Park is a leading central London district, providing a private and up scale lifestyle.
SCHOOLS IN HOLLAND PARK
Schoolwise there is: St Clement & St James CE Primary School, Norland Place School and Holland Park School.