Holland Park

Today my photo destination is Holland Park, located in West London just off Kensington High Street. So in order to get there I take a turn from Kensington High Street first to Melbury Road and then to Ilchester Place.

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What I see immediately as I enter the park is a large green area, presumably some sort of a playground.

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Apparently, the dogs that come to this park are all well-educated and can read this sign!

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It’s a Monday morning, and there are not that many people in the park – so it looks pretty empty (or, to be fair, it was me who made it look so, patiently waiting for everyone to get out of my frame).

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The park used to surround the Holland House, which was destroyed by bombing during WWII. Only ruins remain now, but I don’t have a picture of them. This flower garden belonged to the original Holland House.

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While walking around, I suddenly saw this gorgeous peacock, displaying his tail feathers.

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The absolute highlight of Holland Park for me is the Kyoto Garden, donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto.

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I had to wait for about 15 minutes for everyone in my sight to leave, so that I could eternalise this beautiful view in its perfect solitude and tranquility.

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Most of the paths in the park are made of gravel, so I really regretted wearing my thin-soled ballerinas – it hurt!

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The northern part of the park is actually semi-wild woodland, with the crowns of the trees forming these rather dark alleys.

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At first I thought this was grass and didn’t realise it was water until I saw this cute little duckling swimming.

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And just look at this cheeky squirrel, which tried to play hide-and-seek with me, peeking out from behind a tree!

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Poor Lord Holland (Henry Richard Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland) must be pretty used to being pooped all over by nasty pigeons!

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Strange – autumn is not even anywhere close yet, and some trees are all red already!

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4 thoughts on “Holland Park

  1. Gorgeous photos! I have never been to that park (making a note on my “next time” list 😉 ) Even though i have been to Melbury Road to look at Tower House (sadly no meeting with Jimmy Page, ha!)
    And I so know about waiting and waiting AND waiting for a photo with no people in 🙂

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