The beautiful Kyoto Garden is an oasis of tranquillity within Holland Park. This Japanese garden was a gift from the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of the Japan Festival held in London in 1992. Designed by a celebrated Japanese garden designer, this section of the park is exceptionally well maintained, with burbling waterfalls and a pond, in which you might be able to spot bright orange fish (koi carp in case you were wondering). Visit in the spring or in the autumn for the most majestic views, and when it’s warm enough to wile away a few hours with a book. Kyoto Garden has the same opening times as Holland Park, from 7.30 am to half an hour before dusk.