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Holland Park is one of London’s lesser known London Parks, but whilst paying a visit to this area, there is nonetheless plenty to see and do! As one of the capital’s most affluent and fashionable districts, the Park is one of the central features of the neighbourhood, characterised by its variety. From woodland and ponds to pavilions and expanses of open grassland designated for games – there is much to recommend the Park itself. Read on to find out some of our top picks for activities and venues to take a look at in and around Holland Park…
Leighton House Museum
The former home of painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, Leighton House Museum first opened to the public in 1929. Built for the artist by architect and designer George Aitchison, the museum is a Grade II listed building. Filled with elaborately decorated interiors in an eclectic variety of aesthetic styles, the museum is self-described as a ‘private palace of art’.
- Admission to Leighton House Museum is for adults.
Distance from Holland Park: Approximately 3 minutes’ walk.
The world’s leading museum dedicated entirely to design, the Design Museum is closely situated nearby Holland Park and provides ample excuse to spend some time exploring all it has to offer. With a combination of temporary and permanent exhibitions, the museum remains firmly rooted in design history with an eye to the future.
- Admission prices vary depending on exhibition.
Distance from Holland Park: Approximately 5 minutes’ walk.
Portobello Road Market
The world’s largest antiques market is within walking distance of Holland Park. With plenty to see and do on this vibrant road, there are over 1,000 different antiques dealers selling everything imaginable who trade directly from this famous site. The market specialises in different areas on different days. Antiques take precedence on Saturdays, and Thursday is the day for getting hold of some fantastic fashion!
Distance from Holland Park: Approximately 20 minutes’ walk.
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
Nestled in Kensington Gardens, the memorial playground dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales is located right next to the place she called home for many years – Kensington Palace. Thousands of visitors each year enjoy this playground as a space to play, and plenty of seating means there’s a space for adults to relax!
Distance from Holland Park: Approximately 15 minutes’ walk.
Described as ‘an indoor city run by kids’, Kidzania is a must-visit for parents with active children! Kidzania provides a fully immersive experience for imaginative kids, allowing them to try out different activities in a fun and educational way. Kidzania is predominantly child-oriented, but parents can view their kids having fun – and take part in select activities – or head to the ‘Grown Ups Garden Shed’, an adults-only area with plenty to keep you entertained!
- Admission price varies by date and time.
Distance from Holland Park: Approximately 15-20 minutes’ walk.