I’m pretty sure you’re going to think I’m obsessed with Japanese gardens, because Holland Park (like Kew) has one.
Kyoto Garden is the best part of Holland Park. It has everything you’re looking for from a tranquil waterfall, Japanese maple trees, koi fish and a peacock.
I’ve always loved water features, Trafalgar Square is literally my favourite place, I spend a lot of time there in summer. But, waterfalls? Unbeatable!
A little fact about me regarding waterfalls, I got a job in Chiswick mainly because there was a faux waterfall in the business park. 🤣 “Picture or it didn’t happen”? I’ve gone one step further, and embedded a video below.
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Unfortunately, the Kyoto Garden will be closed between 19th and 21st April, to repair the pond, and improve the pond borders. The Koi fish have been moved to a holding pond and will be returned when the garden reopens.
Holland Park also includes a children’s play area, tennis court, football field, golf and cricket practice nets and netball facilities. If you get peckish, there’s also a cafeteria on the grounds.
As expected, the grounds are far-reaching, which means there are plenty of entrances to choose from:
- North Abbotsbury Road entrance
- Ilchester Place entrance
- Duchess of Bedford entrance
- High street Kensington entrance
Have you been or would like to? Let me know in the comments!
Parliament Hill Viewpoint is one of the best places to go if you want a shot of the London skyline.
There is a lot to be positive about right now! Groups of six can meet in public spaces across England from Monday, and Spring is pretty much here…
Visiting is a must after lockdown
If you’re in London and looking for places to go with your ‘bubble’ of six, make sure that you put this place on your list.
I am very lucky to have Parliament Hill Viewpoint in my neighbourhood… I spent pretty much all of last summer toing and froing between this park and Highgate Wood.
What you can expect from the viewpoint
Watching the sunset or sunrise on the skyline is a sight to beheld. Everything from The Shard to St Paul’s, The Gherkin and ‘Cheese Grater’. They’re all there!
Birdwatching at Parliament Hill Viewpoint
I love animals, particularly birds. I can watch and hear them for hours without getting bored. For ages my favourite breed was the magpie, especially when they flocked in groups – never alone (as I was very superstitious). However, nowadays I’m more of a Robin Redbreast gal! This spot is perfect for birdwatching.
The best part
The best part about Parliament Hill Viewpoint is that it links to Hampstead Heath, you can follow the trail round… You can pretty much do two iconic park trips in one (if you fancy a hike)! There’s even a running track if you want to practice your Usain Bolt or Mo Farah skills.
Have you been here, or planning to? Let me know in the comments.
While you’re here, you can read my previous post about Christmas at London Zoo.