If you’re lucky enough to be staying in Holland Park during your stay in London then you won’t be short of things to do. Boasting various attractions including fantastic shopping, incredible entertainment and easy access to the likes of Piccadilly Circus and the West End, it’s easily one of the best places to be. It also has luxury accommodation, great restaurants and more wide open green space than you can shake a stick at.
So read on for our exclusive guide that should help you make the most of this fantastic district.
Hotels near Holland Park
Being one of the trendiest and exclusive districts in London, Holland Park boasts plenty of stylish accommodation options. Boutique hotels are the most popular, among them the Park Grand London, of course. Expert at providing a homely touch for business travellers and that extra special personal approach for tourists, it’s no wonder they’re so widely sought-after by visitors to the city. Within the Park Grand London, you’re guaranteed to have everything you need – superb service, sophisticated dining and unique packages for special occasions. Whether you’re in the capital for a meeting or celebrating an anniversary with your significant other, you can be sure of satisfaction.
We haven’t even started talking about the rooms yet. Situated in the most stylish neighbourhood in London, glorious views on the upper floors are certain. The interiors are lush, comfortable and sumptuous with spectacularly comfortable beds. 24-hour service ensures that you have your immediate needs at your fingertips and that emergencies such as lost keys don’t put a serious crimp in your holiday. Not only that – the staff know plenty about the surrounding area, so you always have someone to ask if you’re at a loss for something to do.
Given the sheer variety of activities you can get up to in Holland Park and central London though, we’re sure you won’t run out of fun.
Places for eating near Holland Park
Whether you’re seeking a quick bite to eat or indulging on a romantic night out, West London will provide. From authentic Japanese tapas to tastebud tingling salted ice cream, the variety is mindboggling. While part of the joy is walking along and finding a previously undiscovered bakery or hidden-away eatery, there are a number of places that we simply have to recommend.
Firstly, Atari-ya is an absolute essential if you’re into Japanese cuisine. Not afraid to shy away from the bold tastes that the cultural cuisine thrives on, the restaurant boasts a number of must-try dishes that you will struggle to find anywhere else in the city. Natto is a particular delicacy – the fermented soybean is a taste of home for most Japanese people that you’ll struggle to find elsewhere, even somewhere as cosmopolitan and diverse as London. Atari-ya is located in Ealing – an easy commute from Holland Park Tube station.
Nearby Chelsea plays host to the incredible Medlar, a modern French restaurant at the unfashionable end of King’s Road. Don’t let the location put you off – this venue is as stylish as they come. Although the menu changes regularly, dishes are guaranteed to contain a nice balance of flavours.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can grab a pudding at Oddono’s, which supplies creamy and decadent ice cream to the masses. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed as that’s where they make regular flavour-related announcements. If ice cream gives you brain-freeze, head to Lisboa Patisserie in Westbourne Park. This simple little café serves up the best pastel de nata outside of Portugal, with rich, chewy pastry and still-richer sweet cream filling. Gorgeous. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and order an espresso for the perfect finale to your meal.
Parking near Holland Park
No doubt you’ve heard horror stories about parking in London, and this is true to to leave your car in Holland Park for a day while you explore the capital, you’re likely to be fine as long as you check the street for the maximum time you’re permitted to do so, and of course, you’ll need to pay for the ticket (generally between £2 and £6 per hour). If you’re staying at accommodation in the area, you can check with the hotel staff what the best option is – picking a venue that definitely has free parking is most certainly the best option, but London’s lack of space often makes this tricky.
Shopping places near Holland Park
In keeping with Holland Park’s reputation as one of the most stylish destinations in London, the shopping here is unrivalled. We could point you to any number of nearby centres and hubs where you can start your spending spree, but you’d be foolish if you didn’t commence the adventure in Holland Park Avenue. Lined with organic cafés, an upmarket butcher and dozens of independent boutiques, it is the epitome of what the district is all about. Also worth checking out is Clarendon Cross Village for its secluded and partly pedestrianised collection of shops, bars and spas. Both of these destinations score plenty of points for their availability of places where you can take a break from the shopping and relax with a cocktail, a sandwich or even a facial and a manicure.
Away from the district – although admittedly not very far – you’ll find Whiteleys in neighbouring Bayswater. If you’re into your upper class shopping, this is one place you certainly won’t want to miss – the building itself has a long and illustrious history, once employing around 2,000 people who lived there around the clock, offering services and products for the rich and famous. Although it perished to a fire, the building was restored to its former glory and now plays host to some of the most instantly recognisable brands in Europe. We’re talking Ernest Jones, House of Fashion, Geiger and Millen, darling – you’re going to want to be out of bed and in the store for opening to ensure you’ve got enough time. Refreshments at Whiteleys include Yo! Sushi, Café Rouge, Chi Wok and Costa Coffee. Fabulous stuff.
Finally, we can’t talk about Holland Park’s shopping scene without touching on the famous Westfields, located right next door in Shepherd’s Bush. Certainly among the largest indoor shopping spaces in the entirely of London – possibly the biggest out of them all – the centre boasts big-name brands including American Eagle, Amishi, Angelica, Diesel, DKNY, Fat Face and dozens more. That’s not all – Westfields is considered something of a fashion ‘hub’ in London and is often the main venue for important industry events. The public can therefore get involved in an exciting programme of events that might see them attending collection launches, getting advice on clever underwear or taking a sneak peak behind the scenes at major fashion festivals.
Tube station near Holland Park
Staying in Holland Park? It’s worth noting where you can get to on the Tube, London’s fantastic Underground system. Holland Park station itself is on the Central line and allows you to get to the middle of town quickly and easily with services to Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Holborn.
Rail station near Holland Park
Where rail transport is concerned, services from Shepherd’s Bush are probably your best bet. Southern runs services to a variety of places including Croydon, Watford Junction, Clapham Junction, West Brompton, Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes, while an Overground connection run by Transport for London is also useful.