Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hidden London - Holland Park

Took my sister and nephews for their first visit to central west London's Holland Park over the Bank Holiday weekend.
A smaller park than its close London neighbours Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, its charms are immense. 
  It never ceases to amaze first-time visitors. 
You can stay here very cheaply, especially for London, as it's now a Youth Hostel (not only for youths). There's opera in the summer and a rather good Marco Pierre White restaurant in the grounds. With the cash you save on hotel bills you could make use of one of London's prettiest and best dining rooms, right on your doorstep!

Built in 1605, Oliver Cromwell was a frequent visitor. Later it became one of London's central social gathering places for writers and artists. Wikpedia says "Under the 3rd Lord Holland and his wife, Lady Holland, the house became noted as a glittering social, literary and political centre with many celebrated visitors such as Byron, Thomas Macaulay, the poets Thomas Campbell and Samuel Rogers, 'Conversation' Sharp, Benjamin Disraeli, Charles DickensSir Walter ScottJohn Allen."

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.


liz fenwick said...

Cool! Didn't know it was a youth hostel!

Jacqui@FrenchVillageDiaries said...

Lovely pics. Every now and then I miss London!

Stephanie Zia said...

Across the street from my home and from your up-coming book launch, Liz. Looking forward to meeting you. Thanks, Jacqui, is beautiful everywhere at this time of year...

Anonymous said...

I stayed there a couple of nights at my first visit to London summer 78. I was 20 from Stockholm and it was very nice..