|Kyoto Garden at Holland Park. Photo: Wikipedia|
If you're short of time, our top tip is to take the bus on the way there - either the 94 or the 148 - and then walk back. As you wend your way back to the Bush, take the back streets, and make sure you stroll down Holland Villas, and gaze enviously at the millionaire mansions with their forecourts packed with Bentleys and Maybachs. See if you can actually find anyone at home - most of the villas are dark.
|Our suggested route - through the back streets. Courtesy of Google Maps.|
|Holland Park peacocks lend a touch of class|
Holland House itself is more or less a ruin, having been extensively renovated by the Luftwaffe in WW2, and never rebuilt. You can still feel its grandeur, but a glance at the 1892 photo below gives an idea of how much was lost in the bombing.
|Holland House in 1892|
|Formal Gardens. Photo: Wikipedia|
|Lord Holland. Photo: Wikipedia|
Make sure to visit Lord Holland before you go. He is perched on a large throne-like chair in the middle of a pond, and usually has a generous covering of pigeon poo in gentle mockery of his genteel legacy.
|Oh, the idignity|
Despite the pigeons, I think we can all be grateful for what Lord Holland left behind - one of London's most beautiful parks and a public resource for all Londoners to enjoy.
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