Chic Holland Park in West London is where Notting Hill's most ritzy residents move when the Hill starts getting a bit too full of tourists. Named after the historic Holland House (which was sadly destroyed during the Blitz), the area boasts huge beautiful stucco mansions, peaceful parks, fancy boutiques and a serene atmosphere despite the buzzing location between High Street Kensington and Notting Hill Gate.
The locals tend to leave celebrity residents alone, which has led to an influx of famous faces including Simon Cowell, Richard Branson and plenty of high-powered executives. Even fictional residents live up to this reputation - Jennifer Saunders' Absolutely Fabulous character Eddie lived in a large Holland Park terrace house.
If that's not enough, the area also boasts speedy transport connections across London and fantastic schools - including the alma matter of Princes William and Harry. Could this be the best place to live in London? Read on to find out more about everything the area has to offer, and decide for yourself!
History of Holland Park
A few thousand years ago, Holland Park Avenue was a main Roman road running through the forest, which would later become London. After a while it fell into disrepair, and during the Medieval period had a dangerous reputation as a route filled with robbers and highwaymen. The forest became farmland, and stately home Holland House was built in 1605 with a 500 acre estate reaching up to where Earl's Court Station now is.
Eventually the land was sold of for residential development, and the area slowly grew into the lovely West London enclave we know today. The grand Holland House was badly damaged during the Blitz, but the ruins still remain and can be seen in Holland Park.
Cost of renting in Holland Park
As you would expect from such a sought-after area, property doesn't come cheap. In fact, this is one of the most expensive areas in London - flats in Campden Hill Square worth around £300,000 in the 1990s now go for nearly £5 million!
Most properties are lovely double-fronted stucco mansions and historic mews houses, which contributes to the high prices. Fortunately, nearby Latimer Road and Ladbroke Grove, both north of Holland Park, have slightly more budget-friendly properties that will still allow you to enjoy all the great assets the area has to offer.
Cheapest rent for a two-bed property: £1,603 pcm
Most expensive rent for a two-bed property: £13,000 pcm
Transport to Holland Park
With the Central line at Holland Park Station, and the District and Circle lines at Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park is perfectly located for travelling all over London. The Overground is just minutes away at Shepherd's Bush if you're heading East, and there are also plenty of buses.
Time to Liverpool Street: 20 minutes on the Central line
Time to Oxford Circus: 9 minutes on the Central line
Restaurants in Holland Park
This traditional Indian cafe is one of three in London, and named after the colonial Bombay Bicycle Club of Bombay. The dishes are fresh, vibrant and colourful - we particularly love the tandoor kebabs and chocolate fudge cake (not together though!).Address: 128 Holland Park Avenue, Notting Hill, W11 4UEPhone: 020 772 7335
The Belvedere restaurant must have one of the best settings in London - an elaborate, seventeenth century ballroom full of original features! You'll feel like Jacobean royalty as you dine on French and English specialties while hobnobbing with Holland Park's most exclusive residents.Address: Holland Park, Abbotsbury Rd, London W8 6LUPhone: 020 7602 1238
This modern French restaurant is the one to choose for a VERY special occasion - it's run by the fantastic Brett Graham, has two Michelin stars and has been named as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world! While its certainly not cheap, there are set lunch and tasting menus available if you want to get a thorough view of what The Ledbury has to offer.Address: 127 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQPhone: 020 7792 9090
High-end sushi spot Yushin Sushi is about as far from a takeaway bento box cafe as you can get. The fish is perfectly fresh and so subtly flavoured they recommend eating it without soy sauce to fully appreciate the taste. The wine is rather expensive, but if you go along at lunchtime you can often get quite a good deal.Address: 1A Argyll Rd, London W8 7DBPhone: 020 7938 1536
Opened by Bill Wyman of Rolling Stones fame, this American Rock-themed diner is filled to the brim with Rolling Stones Memorabilia and classic diner dishes such as burgers, bacon waffles and fried-chicken. It's also child-friendly, so a great place to visit with the whole family.Address: 1A Philmore Gardens, London, W8 7QBPhone:020 7938 5338
Shops in Holland Park
This family run butcher has been in the area for over 160 years, and the amazing quality of their meat suggests they will be there for at least another century! With everything from organic sausages and wagu beef to beef bourguignon pies and a fresh grouse, this place is heaven for carnivores.Address: 110 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UAPhone: 020 7727 8243
Local bookworks will love the Holland Park branch of this popular bookshop, which is filled with new bestsellers, old classics and everything in-between. It's the perfect place to while away the hours browsing the shelves, and they hold regular readings from popular authors too.Address: 112-114 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UAPhone: 020 7727 7022
A cosy Italian deli in the heart of Holland Park, Speck is the ultimate place to find authentic Italian ingredients, such as fresh egg pasta, cured meats, creamy burrata and marinated artichokes. They also do homemade meals such as lasagne, perfect if you don’t feel like cooking!Address: 2 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4NDPhone: 020 7229 7005
This popular British shoe chain is known for their high quality shoes and boots which don't compromise on style. The timeless penny loafers, Chelsea ankle books and equestrian-style riding boots and particularly good, and they have regular sales so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain during late summer and winter!Address:151-153 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6SUPhone: 020 7938 2643
With plenty of chic residents, its natural that Holland Park would be home to an edgy fashion boutique which stocks only the best new independent fashion designers, homeware, jewellery and art. The interior is cool and minimal, and the selection eclectic and unique.Address: 46 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2ABPhone: 020 7229 5698
Attractions near Holland Park
Located in the centre of this magnificent park, the Holland Park Opera shows open-air performances during the summer from a covered marquee. With nearly fifty performances every season, including both classic and new operas, this is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful music in a beautiful setting.Address: Stable Yard, Holland Park, London W8 6LUPhone: 0300 999 1000
As well as being a lovely park filled with formal gardens and children’s play areas, Avondale Park is home to the first ever grass free lawn, designed to improve pollination. As a result, the whole park has a strong floral scent due to the abundance of flowers throughout.Address: Walmer Road, London, W11Phone: 020 7602 2226
Holland Park is considered to be one of the most peaceful and romantic parks in London, and its not hard to see why. A mix of woodland and formal gardens around the ruins of Holland Park House, the 54-hectare area also includes and orangery, Japanese gardens, tennis courts and a giant chess set. If that’s not enough, they even have peacocks too!Address: Ilchester Place, London, W8Phone: 020 7602 2226
Formerly the home of Frederic, Lord Leighton, this Grade II listed house is now a museum dedicated to his collections from around the world. Collections include Pre-Raphaelite paintings, medieval Turkish tiles and an Arab-style court that has been featured in many films.Address: 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 8LZPhone: 020 7602 3316
Queen Victoria had this touching memorial built in 1872 to commemorate her husband Prince Albert, who died of typhoid in 1861. Designed in a canopied gothic style, it features a gilt bronze statue of Price Albert in the centre, and inspired many later monuments in a similar style.Address: Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2UH
Phone: 020 7298 2000