Luxury Holiday Houses and Apartments in Holland Park

    Holland Park

    Taking its name from the nearby park, Holland Park is a sophisticated pocket of Victorian architecture and well-trimmed greenery tucked between Kensington High Street and Notting Hill.

    Brimming with a village vibe and community spirit, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were far from vibrant South Kensington when staying in one of Holland Park’s apartments, London. Wander through the dainty cobbled mews, admire the crescents of white stucco-fronted townhouses and avenues lined with artisan producers who count the likes of Richard Branson and David Beckham as their customers. The marvels of Victorian-era architecture can be truly appreciated here; Holland Park property boasts detailed cornicing, imposing columns, period balustrades, glass and iron canopies that stretch over grand entryways, preserving the heritage of this historic quarter. Between lively Kensington High Street and affluent Holland Park Avenue sits the namesake park, formerly the address of Holland Park House. Spanning over twenty hectares of well-trimmed gardens, its woodland walkways are home to plenty of wildlife for a truly rural feel. Many Holland Park apartments are surrounded by designer boutiques, exceptional brunch spots and lavish restaurants.


    Food & Drink

    With its central location and its well-heeled residents, restaurants in Holland Park offer a melting pot of gastronomic delights. Healthy brunches, casual thoroughfares, fine-dining, whatever you’re craving can be found in one of the nearby independent eateries. For a coffee with a scenic backdrop and perhaps in sight of a peacock or two, try Holland Park Café found in the middle of the namesake outdoor space. Just south of grounds, Café Tarte serves buttery croissants, avocado and chorizo sourdough and beautifully piped Chantilly choux to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    Restaurants near Holland Park don’t get better than Casa Cruz, the vision of restaurateur and designer Juan Santa Cruz. Expect gourmet Argentinian fare in an early Victorian pub conversion, elevated with copper accents and infinity mirrors. You might even rub shoulders with some familiar faces. Kimchi, soy and miso – staples in Japanese and Korean cuisine dress up traditional British fare in Flat Three.

    Arts & Culture

    After wandering Holland Park’s Japanese garden, head towards the Design Museum. A modern paragon, it is the pièce de résistance when it comes to local architecture. Taking over the Grade II-listed Commonwealth Institute, its carefully restored hyperbolic, copper-coated roof and soaring marble-lined atrium houses an anthology of design in every form; product, industrial, fashion, whatever your design interest, you’ll more than likely find it here. In contrast to this soaring contemporary masterpiece, take a step back in time with the Temple Gallery, an intimate setting that specialises in the study and restoration of ancient artwork. Leighton House Museum, as you may guess, commemorates the work of Lord Frederic Leighton and was the former studio of the artist himself. The striking purpose-built structure is well worth a visit, if not for the period art, then for the intricate mosaics that characterise its interiors.

    Fast-forward to the twentieth century at Piano Nobile, a family-run art gallery that has been part of the Holland Park community for over twenty years.


    The charm of Holland Park lies in its independent boutiques, whose creativity and personal service have made them firm local favourites. Planning on hosting a dinner party? Impress your guests with ingredients from local legend Chris D’Sylva’s concept food store, who’s inventory of fine-dining produce is sourced from Michelin restaurant suppliers. Got an itch to refresh your interiors? Head to the quiet corner of Clarendon Cross, where Summerill & Bishop awaits. Their ethos to marry form and function is expressed through rustic but modern homeware. For something a little more bespoke, try the Rug Company. Using exceptional quality Tibetan wool, they handweave bespoke rugs designed to your taste.

    Don’t forget a gift for friends and family! And what conveys sentiment better than artisan chocolate? Pick up a bag of gourmet chocolates for your loved ones and maybe a bag for yourself while you’re there.

    Leisure & Green Space

    The Japanese-inspired Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park is the obvious choice when you want to hit pause and reset. The tiered waterfalls and a pond full of Koi fish have a soothing effect. Shrouded in woodlands, the park is a tranquil sanctuary that leaves the bustle of London behind and on sunny days, is the perfect place to have a few drinks with friends. While you’re there you're likely to be stopped in your tracks by the awe-inspiring blue and green tail of a wild peacock.

    When it comes to keeping fit, avoid the monotony of a treadmill and stay in shape on the park’s tennis courts, football pitches or golf nets. In the summer, open-air theater productions and classical concerts take over the ruins of Holland House, which was damaged in the war. Alternatively, if you prefer the city’s royal charm, Kensington Gardens is only minutes away, where the heritage of the city comes to the fore.

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