Beautiful Day – Go forth!

Today is an incredibly beautiful early Spring day, and if you’re not stuck at work like us go out and make the most of it – if there’s anything Londoners understand it’s that full-on sunshine can be a rare gift, especially this time of the year, and must be seized!

Quick suggestion of a way to spend the day:

Hyde Park – Kensington Gardens – Holland Park: A three park extravaganza!

This map is an excellent guide to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (

Bundle up warm and then I recommend entering Hyde Park from Marble Arch tube (central line). This entrance takes you through Hyde Park’s most open point, with expansive green fields criss-crossed with paths where people are often playing pick up football or strolling languidly. Amble down to the Serpentine, and either walk around its southeastern end or cross the pretty bridge halfway down. Carry on through to Kensington Gardens, my personal favorite London greenspace, and wander down the wide pathways  so carefully arranged and fenced by trees planted in planned rows. Highlights in Kensington Gardens to warm up include the Serpentine Gallery (see map) an always entertaining and sometimes deeply moving modern art gallery, and the Orangery for a spot of tea or a sandwich (see post Afternoon Tea). There is also Kensington Palace of course if you feel like coughing up £12.50.

Then, leave the park and walk through some backstreets filled with embassies and gorgeous townhouses. Five to 10 minutes later, enter Holland Park, my favorite off the normal tourist track park.  It’s an easy walk. Take Holland Street out of the park and simply follow it as it becomes Duchess of Bedford Way and then drops you off right at a gate into Holland Park. The old backyard of Lord Holland, Holland Park is a charming little space full of bramble-lined paths that suddenly open onto a meticulously landscaped garden, topped off by a Japanese garden in the middle and a whole clan of peacocks that roam the park at will.

Finally, leave Holland Park and walk back to Notting Hill, where you can easily get the tube home or stop for a sandwich at one of the many cute cafes there.


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  1. 1 Holland Park « Tier 1 London Trackback on March 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm

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