Hellooo and welcome back to my ‘Little adventures in London’ blog series! Recently I had revisited one of my favourite outdoor spots in the city, that is Holland Park. This park is based in the flush borough of Kensington and Chelsea, so of course I had to stop by and capture the row of beautiful homes on my way there. I had only discovered this place last year where I had completely fallen in love with it and now over a year later with my A levels done and dusted, it’s still enchanting as ever. Luckily for me it was a pretty sunny day so I got to fully experience and appreciate it, in all it’s elegance. I’d say it’s also a rather diverse spot as its filled with many surprises. The further you go into the park, the more you discover.
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As me and my best friend were making our way down to the park, we were immediately drawn to the cutest building that was completely coated in flowers from top to bottom. Turns out that it is probably the most instagrammable pub in London and I am still obsessed!
KENSINGTON HIGH ST
Not a cloud in sight, it was a beautiful hot day to reflect how gorgeous this area was. It was filled with a lot of spirit and colour, with brightly coloured flowers at every stop…
….and the prettiest house exteriors too.
Already feeling like a sweaty hot mess before the day had barely begun, we had reached the entrance of the park. We followed the pathway to guide us around the different parts of the park as it is quite large (54 acres) and were initially taken into a woodland. I realised that we hadn’t even reached the exciting parts yet but something about this bit was very serene.
Tucked away under the trees, this place is completely overrun with greenery. We were also met by a portrait statue of the owner, the third Lord Holland. This park was previously a mansion entitled the Holland House back in the 19th century.
THE KYOTO GARDEN
Ah, my favourite bit! Centered at the heart of the park, this is the Japanese Kyoto Garden. Although it is quite small, it’s worth the visit. As you walk into the garden, you’re introduced to a delightful open space where there is a pond with stone lanterns surrounding it.
WILD, WILD, WILDLIFE
We also got to meet some of the inhabitants of the garden. Free roaming peacocks and I’m pretty sure a squirrel was about to grab a hold of my hair when I went to sit down…
There are quite a few water features in the garden but the waterfalls are the main attraction, in which you might be able to note the bright orange koi fish too.
The water spouted and streamed, in return it had created soft quenching sounds that had lapped over each other.
We then went further into the park where there are more common areas, with a café and even more gardens. Walking into the larger floral garden, it appeared to look like an entire maze of blooms that was cultivated for its beauty. I was allured by the pops of colour that had reflected the summer season. My favourite flowers had to be the fiery coloured blooms. Also props to whoever maintains the plant life here, it’s very well kept.
QUICK BREAK + OUTFIT
There’s also a lot of seating spaces around this section, so you can just sit back and relax whilst appreciating the decorative view. We decided to sit in a lovely little seat that sits under an arch. (I’m more used to being behind the camera rather than in front, which is why I look so damn awkward heh) I also thought it would be nice to just show you my outfit from this day, I love love love these pinstripe trousers.
FUKUSHIMA MEMORIAL GARDENS
As the day slowly came to a close, the last pit stop we made was to the Fukushima memorial garden. Positioned in the center of this space is a water fountain where you could take a calming stroll around it. There is also a brick archway that showcases a mural based on the social elites of the 1870s. Additionally beyond this archway is an even smaller rose garden.
So if you’re ever in the mood to visit a different kind of open air scene or simply just looking for a relaxing day out, there is the beautiful Holland Park. And although there’s still a crap ton of places I missed out on in this visit (plus imagine how long that post would’ve been if I did), I had an amazing time here as always. I’d also like to know, wherever you live, what are some of your favourite outdoor places to visit?
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