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Holland Park

Hidden away enough that A made it almost two years before visiting this west end gem, it’s been a favorite of C’s since discovering it on a literary walk while studying abroad 3 years ago. Incredibly close to the much-beloved (and often crowded) Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, Holland Park is just big enough and just small enough and frequented mostly by locals.  It’s a quick central London escape into beautifully designed gardens, tree covered paths, and Lord Holland’s old impressive house.

We recommend entering from Holland Park street from Holland Park tube station. It’s just a short walk through iconic white Georgian townhouses built for rich people and still inhabited by rich people. We wish we qualified in this category. Oh well, it’s always free to visit.
Holland Park Street

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This park changes so much you can certainly find a spot to fit your mood.  At this entrance, follow the path and then turn right where the park opens up to wander amongst semi-wildness, with bramble-lined dirt paths and tangles of trees. You’ll encounter others walking dogs but not much else in this corner of the park. Go straight or turn left to explore Lord Holland’s house, the meticulous Japanese Garden, or the Italianate style mini-gardens.

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Be sure to look out for the park’s famed peacocks which you’re almost guaranteed not to miss on nice days.

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Things to do after visiting the park (to be covered in future posts!):
Portobello Road Market
Notting Hill – wander around the neighborhood
Beautiful streets of South Kensington
Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens
Orangery
Shopping on High Street Kensington

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The Boss in Hyde Park

If you haven’t heard The Boss (aka Bruce Springsteen) will be playing not only Glastonbury this year but also headlining the Hyde Park Festival–Hard Rock Calling Festival on 28 June.  The Boss will be supported by another great American live band–Dave Matthews Band.  You can get tickets on presale starting tomorrow 12 Feb  if you are already registered on Live Nation.  Get ready for some Glory Days!!!!!!!  I’m buying my ticket tomorrow.  Check out Glastonbury here, the Hard Rock Calling Festival in Hyde Park here, the Boss here and finally Dave Matthews here.  Tickets are only 45 pounds—unfortunately though Glastonbury already sold out.  In the meantime enjoy this youtube video of Bruce and the E Street band as The Boss slides crotch first into the camera at the Superbowl.  For full videos of the half time show click here and here.

I’m hoping for the live version of Atlantic City!

The Boss

Hard Rock Calling


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