holland park & kyoto garden

12 June 2014

After all that good food, we decided to go for walk and vaguely aim for Holland Park, a short walk away from Notting Hill station. I had never been but remembered that I had read it was a pretty park, so I thought it was worth a look.

What we actually found was way beyond our expectations - it's like an English garden (or gardens, as it was sectioned off into several different ones) straight out of a storybook. It's groomed but not too groomed, colourful but with plenty of green.

But in the middle of this English beauty, we found a little garden from my neck of the woods - the Kyoto Garden! A little Japanese-inspired gem with a pond full of fish, a mini waterfall, little wooden water pumps and smooth stepping stones.

And there was the most stunning peacock, just chilling out on the grass, posing for all of us taking photos. He is clearly used to being hounded by the paps.

We just had the nicest time walking through this park, and even though we were there on a sunny Sunday so there were lots of people around, it still felt strangely peaceful and gave me such a sense of contentment.

London is full of treasures.


  1. I love how the pigeon was determined to get his face on your blog as well :p

    OMG, I never knew about Holland Park, I've heard of it obviously but I never had any idea it was so beautiful, wow! My favourite Park was always St James but I think if I was still living in London I would have to get myself down to Holland Park and change my mind!


    1. I NOTICED that too! It was like the pigeon was creeping up on the peacock...to do a proper photo bomb!

  2. Why didn't I know about this beautiful place?! I definitely need to go and say hello to that peacock and covet some of the houses!

    Becks xo

  3. oh it's really lovely here. i actually have been really enjoying finding gardens to stroll in. i find them to be really peaceful and calming. almost feels like i'm transported to another place altogether.

  4. I'm so glad you posted about this, I am definitely interested in going to the Kyoto garden when I visit London in August! I had never heard of it!

  5. It looks like the perfect place for a romantic walk. And I love that giant chess game!! xx

  6. I really love posts like this. It's like we get to stroll around with you. Holland Park looks so beautiful.

  7. Beautiful pictures. I agree with the comment above that it's like we got to stroll around with you. Those peacocks are gorgeous! And I LOVE your dress :]

  8. I've never had a look round here - that Kyoto garden looks beautiful!

    I love places in London that make you feel peaceful.


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