Holland Park London’s Most Romantic Park
I have heard it said that Holland Park is London’s most romantic park… so off I went at the weekend for a visit to discover if there really was romance in the air! My girl was working, which meant I had to use my imagination! I had also heard it said that Holland Park is one of London’s less busy park… take it from me on a warm Saturday afternoon it gets busy!
Holland Public Park in the very posh part of town – some of the local teenagers had mouths as foul as the little hoodlums from the council tower blocks of South Kilburn over in my part of London! – consists of just over 54 acres, which include semi woodland trails, formal gardens, sports area, sculptures and a mainly ruined mansion house.
Holland Park – Public Park in oh so posh Holland Park!
The highlight of Holland Park for me was Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden, which was beautiful little area that would have been great for some quiet contemplation if it wasn’t quite so busy.
Holland House, which is a virtually ruined Jacobean mansion house, it was destroyed by a bomb during World War II. Only the east wing has been restored and is currently being used as Youth Hostel.
The Park and the area around, it both called Holland Park are named after Sir Henry, Earl of Holland who use to reside there. When his wife Lady Rich inherited the property she changed it’s name from Cope Castle to Holland House.
The formal gardens around Holland House are very pretty, as opposed to being spectacular. The smells wafting off some flowers and plants was delightful! A great place to sit, relax and enjoy nature at it’s finest, whilst munching some sandwiches.
There were one or two eye catching sculptures knocking about, a beautiful mural which ran along one of the walls and seats carved out of tree trunks which I couldn’t resist trying out…
Is Holland Park really the most romantic park in London… if you ask me any pretty park in London has the potential to be a very romantic place if you have a heart, are in love and your partner is with you… Holland Park therefore could be considered a Romantic Park, a very romantic park indeed…
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