Holland Park Area Overview
Elegant and exclusive, Holland Park is one of London’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. At its heart lies 54 acres of the parkland which gives this district its name; a wonderful space with various gardens, play areas and even some peacocks. With its excellent schools, classy boutiques, hip cafes and wine bars, stunning architecture and proximity to Central London, it’s little wonder that Holland Park is so popular.
Holland Park’s exclusive reputation was confirmed in 2011 when the most expensive street in Britain was named: Holland Park Square. This really is the playground of the rich and famous.
By day, the streets are all about café culture. You don’t have to look too far to find excellent coffee and cake. Then, as the evening draws in, the area transforms into a classy mix of wine bars, pubs and buzzing restaurants.
It’s odd to think that just over 100 years ago, this was a deprived area, where highway robberies were rife. Now it is home to some of the world’s most influential people: Simon Cowell and Richard Branson both own properties here. Holland Park has a range of Grade II listed Stucco fronted buildings, attractive mews houses, Victorian mansion blocks and more modern, post-war apartments.
Holland Park could certainly be described as ‘foodie heaven’. Not only are there excellent eateries in the area, including Julie’s Restaurant and Champagne Bar – which has been going strong for over 40 years – but organic produce is big business here too. There are weekly food markets at Portobello and then there is Lidgates Butchers, a veritable Holland Park institution which has been trading for over 150 years. It currently offers no less than 30 varieties of sausages as well as the finest cuts of organic meat.