Holland Park was first opened in 1952and takes its name from Sir Henry, earl of Holland who was formerly resident at Holland House. The Park lies in the former grounds of Holland House to the South- though much of the grounds of Holland House have been sold to housing developers. The wooded park opens at 7.30 am and is one of London’s smallest public parks.
Holland House itself was bombed during the Second World War- destroying all but the ground floor remaining. The East wing has been restored and currently houses a youth hostel. The ‘Belvedere’ restaurant occupies the former summer ball room of Holland House and temporary exhibitions are held in the other surviving rooms. Holland House was one of the first great houses of Kensington and was occupied by Cromwell’s army during the English civil war.
Holland Park is also the site of the Kyoto Japanese Garden- an ecology garden and rose gardens built for the 1991 London Festival of Japan.
Other facilities in the park include an adventure playground and café. During the summer months outdoor opera and dramatic performances are staged at the open-air theatre. Peacocks and squirrels are abundant throughout the park.
Holland Park is considered by many to be the most romantic park in London- due to the wooded walks and beautiful views. Holland Park is easily accessed via Holland Park underground station.