Area guide: Holland Park

Surrounding the western, northern and southern fringes of Holland Park itself, this is an area of prestigious and some truly enormous houses, with many famous names and celebrities populating the Electoral Register and many countries choosing to locate their embassies here.

A "Tree-tunnel" in the park
White stucco frontage

Highlights

The nearby facilities are truly breath-taking in their quality. Not just the park itself, but in the Summer within it there is an Opera Festival; Belvedere, the restaurant run by Marco Pierre White; on Holland Park Avenue perhaps the most well-known butcher in the whole of London, Lidgates; Bulthaup, the kitchen shop: even a Spa (Ayanne); and restaurants galore, including Julie's, that old favourite.

Norland Place School
Belvedere run by Marco Pierre White
La Scuola Italiana a Londra

It has the luxury of grass tennis courts at the Holland Park Lawn Tennis Club as well as its own tube station, also on the Central Line, north of which there are still more, tree-lined, wide avenues with terraced houses dating from the mid-Victorian era.

Location

Holland Park's core is the park itself, extending over Holland Park Avenue north to Wilsham Street and south to Kensington High Street with the main arterial Holland Road to the west.

Local Property

The area was developed from rural property in the mid-1800s drawing inspiration from Nash elsewhere in London as well as, for instance, the Royal Crescent after its namesake in Bath. Generous proportions as with its neighbour the Ladbroke Estate were part of the criteria, with wide, tree-lined streets and pavements and impressive mansions, Italianate villas many of which are divided into apartments, to terraces and mews family housing.

Cream painted buildings
Wrought iron fences
The park

Most of these houses are adorned with ornamental, wrought-iron porte clocheres, reminiscent of the most prestigious apartments blocks in New York. Of course, there are, too, some more modest homes in the vicinity; developments such as Woodsford Square and Abbotsbury Close have attracted popular attention for several decades now.

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