Welcome to Holland Park
Leafy and luxurious, property in Holland Park naturally comes with easy access to the area’s green spaces, but it’s not the acreage alone that makes this one of London’s most sought-after areas. Diverse properties, from rare yet coveted studio flats to Victorian terraces and period homes attract buyers from across the world. World-class museums, eclectic events and operatic performances ensure no two weeks here ever feel the same.
Did you know?
Many of Holland Park’s desirable streets, including Abbotsbury Road, were once mini estates belonging to Holland House.
Absolutely Fabulous icon Edina Monsoon, played by Jennifer Saunders, famously lived in Holland Park.
Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Jimmy Page have all bought homes in Holland Park.
The Holland Park area’s amenities allow residents plenty of opportunity to relax, shop and dine out locally. The Japanese Garden in Holland Park is a tranquil place to stroll among the maples, watch the koi carp swim and admire the stone lanterns. Away from the Kyoto Garden, the wider conservation area protects the history and heritage of areas such as Holland Park Mews and Oakwood Court.
Demand for property in Holland Park is driven by excellent schooling, celebrated green spaces and a stellar dining scene. The proximity of the Portobello Road Market only adds to the area’s desirability for house hunters, who include celebrities, city executives and high net worth buyers from overseas. The conservation area extends to the streets surrounding Holland Park and retains grand Victorian and period features. Education provision in Holland Park is excellent, placing families hoping to send children to Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ schools within easy walking distance. St Anne’s & Avondale Park Nursery School, Thomas Jones Primary School and Holland Park School have all achieved the coveted status and are within a mile of the Holland Park area. Whilst the more high street brands tend to sit out of Holland Park, locals have Kensington High Street and the vast Westfield Shopping Centre a short journey away. This leaves ample room for independents to find their place amongst a select few familiars that remain. Quaint residential quarters such as Clarendon Cross in Portland Place have developed a village-style sense of community
The best of Holland Park: things to do
As well as serving excellent food at sought-after tables, Holland Park’s neighbourhood restaurants provide discreet service for stars of stage and screen. Plenty of the city’s top local suppliers are celebrated and showcased in innovative, mouthwatering menus.
Flat Three draws inspiration from Korean and Japanese cuisine to bring heady aromatics and warming spices to their Skandi-style basement on Holland Park Avenue. Dishes are served with precision and flair from the open kitchen which, pleasingly, caters for a range of dietary needs too.
Six Portland Road
The ever-evolving menu at this small and relaxed restaurant on Portland Road keeps Holland Park residents booking up tables year-round. Ingredients are locally sourced where possible, from some of London’s notable artisan producers. A neighbourhood bistro that will likely be your go-to for mid-week meals and catch-ups with friends.
This Portland Road neighbourhood restaurant comes with a rather stellar list of past and present diners. Julie’s has been the dining scene of choice for Hollywood’s elite, British rock stars and Holland Park residents for over 50 years. A maze of quirkily-styled dining rooms with plush interiors and perfectly paired flavours make this a must-visit.
Holland Park residents may find themselves tempted to stay for more than just a drink in the area’s pubs. Plenty come with respectable menus that could compete with some of the most booked-up restaurants.
This relaxed and welcoming pub on Holland Park Avenue wonderfully showcases some period features from the building’s heritage. The rare Victorian tiling on the exterior invites you to take a peek through the doors. Inside, modern gastropub surroundings are complemented by the choice of craft beers, artisan spirits and menu of no-nonsense, comforting classics.
Strictly speaking, Casa Cruz is a restaurant first and foremost, but its Clarendon Road roof terrace, cocktail menu and wine list are hard to resist on a summer’s evening. Drop in for drinks, but expect to be tempted by the menu infused with South American flavours.
Cask ales, leather sofas and a very moreish Sunday roast are always tempting at local favourite, The Mitre. Tucked away on Holland Park Avenue, this homely pub lends itself easily to post-work catch-ups, a casual business meeting or mid-week meal, where good quality food is the order of the day.
Holland Park’s event calendar is rarely empty. The exhibit halls of Olympia attract a myriad of shows, events and fairs to London. The summer opera festival is a must and the Museum of Brands is just the thing for a spot of rainy day nostalgia.
Opera Holland Park Theatre
The live opera performances given under Holland Park’s canopy are the highlight of the area’s summer calendar. The two month-long summer festival from Opera Holland Park pairs picnics with classic performances and future favourites - all set in the wonderful park’s surrounds.
Over 200 shows and events a year grace Olympia’s exhibit halls. The eclectic calendar puts Holland Park residents within easy reach of some of the country’s biggest trade shows, charity events and festivals. A £1.3billion redevelopment plan for the site includes plans to add a 1,575 seat theatre.
The spectacular Kyoto Garden brings tranquility and Japanese garden design to the heart of London. Vibrant leaves, hypnotising water features and magnificent peacocks make this garden a must-see, although you may find yourself back here for a regular lunchtime stroll.
Green spaces are naturally at the forefront of Holland Park’s attractions. The calm and leafy woodland, landscaped gardens and lawns are nicely balanced by eclectic and livelier parts of the neighbourhood, such as closeby Portobello Road.
54 acres of beautiful parkland provide residents with a place to walk, exercise and even spot wildlife around the Ecology Centre. The children’s play area, along with the wildlife club and holiday activities are a wonderful resource for families during weekends and school holidays. Parents can naturally take refuge at the park’s café, whilst the outdoor gym, exercise areas and sports courts have plenty for active residents.
Summerill & Bishop
Sitting on the corner of Portland Road for almost 30 years, Summerill & Bishop feels like sunshine in a shop. A beautifully curated selection of ever-changing homewares, gifts and table linens will tempt you in time after time.
Often overlooked in favour of Holland Park, Avondale Park is a wonderful green space that’s pushing forward with its conservation efforts. A dedicated wildflower area, fruit trees and mix of woodland bulbs and flowers ensure a bee-friendly and biodiverse environment. Alongside the formal gardens, local teams make use of the multi-sports pitch, with regular netball, tennis and 5-a-side matches.
Property in Holland Park
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European communities and corporate professionals working in finance choose to rent in Holland Park - the excellent schools, idyllic tree-lined streets and central location are hard to beat. The most popular - and most expensive - streets are Holland Park, Abbotsbury Road, Addison Road, Princedale Road, Portland Road and Addison Avenue. Period ground and first-floor flats with outside space will always prove extremely popular.
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Those looking to buy in Holland Park make up a diverse crowd - you’ll be sure to find people from all over the world and all walks of life here. Properties on Holland Park, around Clarendon Cross (for example Clarendon Road and Portland Road) and roads with access to a communal garden are always in high demand; location is key to defining a property’s price and popularity.
Marsh & Parsons in the Holland Park community
We don’t just sell and let property in London; we’re Londoners too. Engaging with our local communities is at the heart of Marsh & Parsons’ ethos and we have supported local organisations, schools, charities, businesses and community groups over the years.
St James’ Church
We’ve recently started working with St. James’ Church on their annual summer fête and summer speaker programme. The Church welcomes people from the Holland Park, Kensington and Notting Hill areas, and has a thriving congregation. They are heavily involved with the community and with Norland Place school, playing a vital role in local life.Find out more
Supporting local businesses
We stopped by Penny Blooms and Beans Florists to hear more about bringing the beauty of Chelsea’s famous gardens into people’s homes and spoke with the owners of Meson Don Felipe about tapas, creating a little bit of Spain in the UK, and what they love about Central London.Find out more