Holland Park Area Guide

Brief history to Holland Park

This exclusive area of Central and West London is both chic and glamorous. With 54 acres of green space, Holland Park is renowned to be one of London's most romantic and beautiful areas. Holland Park has a wealth of excellent schools, independent boutiques and wine bars. It is also awash with stunning period properties and contains some of London's most expensive addresses.

During the 19th Century, Holland Park was agricultural and mostly rural. The majority of the area formed part of the grounds of a Jacobean mansion called Holland House. Holland House was named after its second owner the Earl of Holland whose wife introduced the dahlia to England, the flower is still grown in the park today.  

In the later decades of that century the owners of Holland House sold off the more outlying parts of its grounds for residential development, and it is from here the district took its name. It was during this time the area became renowned for its artistic residents, including Frederic Leighton, P.R.A. and Val Prinsep, the group were collectively known as "The Holland Park Circle". Holland House became a hub of political and literary activity during this period and was visited by both Lord Byron and Disraeli. Sadly it was largely destroyed by bombs in WWII.

Types of Property in Holland Park

The impressive architecture within this beautiful area of the nation's capital is both attractive and highly sought after. Holland Park boasts a wealth of gorgeous Grade II listed stucco fronted buildings, charming mews houses and quint little cottages. There are period conversions in lovingly restored four and five storey town houses which appeal to the young professional couples, families and house share potentials. There are many beautiful mansion blocks that offer luxurious contemporary living spaces and a small selection of modern post-war infill houses.

Average rental prices

Holland Park contains some of the city's most exclusive properties, the area is quiet and leafy and highly sought after. Rental prices are reflective to the stunning surroundings and a studio flat you will expect to pay in the region of £315.50 per week. For a one bedroom apartment you will expect to pay in the region of £671.50 per week and a two bedroom property you will expect to pay £1,074.50 per week.

Council Tax Banding in Holland Park ranges from A – £711.19 to H – £2,133.58. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Holland Park

Holland Park is a unique and secluded area that offers its residents a peaceful and tranquil lifestyle. It is a perfect contrast to its neighbouring Notting Hill, which is a hugely busy area on the tourist trail. Surgeons, bankers and lawyers are all typical residents in the area.

Holland Park has become a home to celebrities escaping the limelight. Victoria and David Beckham have bought a palatial Italianate Villa in Holland Park and Robbie Williams has a 46 room Victorian Mansion tucked away in the leafy suburb.

What to do in Holland Park

The Royal Borough's Holland park consists of 22.5 hectares of gardens, complete with fun children's play facilities, a zip wire and sports areas. There are large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife where peacocks walk freely. Kyoto Garden is an enchanting Japanese garden which was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. Full of wonderous offerings, Holland Park is considered one of the most peaceful and romantic within the city.

Leighton House Museum, was formerly the home of Lord Leighton during the 19th century. The house is now open to the public and is home to domed ceilings, fountains and plenty of marvelous marble. The museum houses an extensive collection of Victorian paintings by Leighton and his contemporaries. The Investec Opera House is situated in Holland Park for music lovers and the perfect excuse for a moonlight stroll around the park.

Cibo is a five star rated Italian restaurant that comes highly recommended by the locals. The gorgeous 202 Interior and Fashion house is the perfect way to browse amazing design at your own pace. There's no need to race off to lunch as the store has a superb restaurant which is the ideal place to hang out in at the weekend. The wonderful Beach Blanket Babylon serves delicious modern European dishes and has not one cocktail bar but two.

Transport

Holland Park is just 20 minutes on the Central Line from the City and West End. The Heathrow Express is round the corner at Paddington, the M4 and M40 are on the doorstep, the Oxford Tube stops on Holland Park Avenue, and there's a handy overground link to Clapham Junction from new Shepherd's Bush station.

There are excellent bus services to and from Holland Park.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Central and West London offers an excellent choice of schools and colleges. For primary education the Fox Primary School holds an outstanding Ofsted Report. The St Clement and St James C of E School has a good Ofsted Report. For secondary and for outstanding Ofsted Reports the Holland Park School and The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial RC School are both situated in the area.

For more information on schools, colleges and universities in the area please visit our specified section here.