Holland Park is a beautiful public park in West London. Bought by London City Council in 1952 from the sixth Earl of Ilchester, its 54 acres are covered in semi-wild woodland, where peacocks, squirrels and a Japanese garden can be found. It has a famous Orangery, tennis courts, a cricket pitch, a giant chess set as well as a well-equipped children's park for members of the public to enjoy. The Japanese garden was donated in 1991 by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto.
Situated around Holland Park are the shops of Notting Hill, Portobello Market and High Street Kensington. Holland Park was home to a Jacobean mansion known as Holland House until 1940. when it was largely destroyed in the Blitz. What remains of the house today provides a beautiful backdrop to the Holland Park Theatre, which holds open-air performances.
The area of Holland Park is one of the most expensive places to live in London. A house will cost, on average, £4.8 million GBP. A flat will cost you a little under £2 million GBP. The area enjoys excellent transport connections with the Central, Main and District Underground lines passing through it. Heathrow Airport is also easily accessed via road.
London's finest universities can also be found in close proximity to Holland Park, with the London School of Economics, University College London and King's College all close by. The local comprehensive secondary school has been consistently marked as 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
The Ecology Centre found in Holland Park runs many events and activities for school-age children to introduce them to flora and fauna. There is a wildlife club and holiday activities and a full programme of activities during the summer months.
Holland Park has also been used in a number of TV productions. It is where the BBC sitcom "As Time Goes By" was set and Jennifer Saunders's character Edina Monsoon in "Absolutely Fabulous" also owned a house in Holland Park.
There are many free walk-in events around Holland Park. Until the 2nd of November there is an art exhibition showing the work of British artist Greg Rook at the popular Mr India restaurant, only a ten-minute walk from the park. The Kensington Palace Apartments are just a 15-minute walk from the park. Open every day to the public, there are often talks and seminars on members of the current royal family and their ancestry.