HOLLAND PARK – LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS
Located in western Central London is a haven of peace and tranquility, where the rich and affluent meets romance and nature. Known as Holland Park, the name is given to both the district along with a public park. Famous for its reputation as a fashionable area, notable sights in the district include ages old Victorian townhouses, high class shopping opportunities, and top tier restaurants.
The public park is a lovely area that spans around 54 acres, with a long history. The northern half (approximately) is semi-wild woodland, the central section contains the ruins of Holland House, a great house of England, and the southernmost section is used for sport. Containing a variety of sights, both natural and man-made, Holland Park is a must visit destination during a stay in London.
The grounds of the park feature a famous orangery, which was a staple of fashionable homes during the 17th to 19th centuries. Similar to a greenhouse or conservatory, citrus trees were wintered in tubs under cover for preservation. In addition, there exists a giant chess set (can you say “checkmate”?), cricket pitch, tennis courts, one of the best children’s playgrounds in London, and plenty of proud, strutting peacocks. Also contained within the park is the absolutely beautiful and serene Kyoto Garden; a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991.
The Holland House, which currently lies in ruins, was originally named Cope Castle due to its ownership by diplomat Sir Walter Cope. Created in 1605, the great house has been the residence of many a rich and powerful family; however was sadly largely destroyed by German firebombing during the Blitz in 1940. Today, only the east wing and some ruins of the ground floor still remain.
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