When asked to name green spaces in London, many folk will come up with one of the royal parks, Regent’s Park, Hyde Park, or maybe Green Park. And mighty fine parks they are too! But nestled away in wealthy residential west London is a place to trump them all – Holland Park.
The park is smaller than the big names and harder to find, although it’s only a few minutes walk from the tube station of the same name, or a nice stroll from Shepherd’s Bush or Notting Hill. Inside the park is a beautiful Japanese peace garden, wonderful for sitting alone and contemplating, well, whatever it is that’s on your mind.
Something really different about Holland Park is the peacocks and peahens, roaming free, if you can find them! I spent a while wandering around trying to catch sight of one, and found one just as it scared off a bunch of birds 🙂
While I was minding my own business in the Japanese Gardens, an adorable little squirrel came to literally say hello, bumped into my leg, looked at me to see if I had any nuts (I’m guessing), scratched itself, then scampered off into the trees.
I thoroughly enjoyed my hour or two in Holland Park, aided by a can of Diet Mountain Dew from the nearby American Shop on Ladbroke Grove. I’d urge anyone heading for London in need of some peace and quiet to jump on the central line and give it an hour of your time.