One of my absolute favorite neighborhoods to get lost in is Holland Park.
Holland Park is the genteel, quieter neighbor of the wild and colorful Notting Hill. It’s like the older sister who grew up, settled down and decided to buy a few nice things. But, even though older, she’s not afraid to show the fun side. Let me walk you through some of my favorite landmarks of this lovely neighborhood.
I start my walk from Holland Park tube, walk down the hill and take a right onto Portland Street. Lined with colorful doors, and one of the London is Pink landmark doors, the Hill & Friends pink googley eyed door.
You will approach a courtyard with some lovely shops at Clarendon Cross. Don’t miss The Cross and Summerill & Bishop – both lovely and gorgeous.
Head down Penzance Place for a glimpse of another London is Pink landmark, the tall pink house.
Walk back towards Holland Park high street on Princedale Road. I always swing by Daunt Books for a quick peek at their books and to pick up another tote bag, because you can never have too many tote bags. Melt Chocolates is a great place for a hot chocolate or cheeky chocolates, and I love Hop Like a Bunny – a gorgeous children’s lifestyle shop.
Next up, Holland Park mews is a great place to take some photos, especially during wisteria season. The Beckhams house is a stones throw away, and I’ve even run into Mr. Beckham himself at the local cafe, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re into football stars!
Take a walk through the Holland Park to admire the peacocks, and if you’re in the mood for a tour of a beautiful historic home, I can’t get enough of the Leighton House Museum. The recently opened Design Museum is also a great place to explore on a rainy day, and the gift shop is one of the best in London.
You’ll be in Kensington now, but I can’t end this post without a mention of my favorite local pizza place: Pizzicotto. Get the margherita DOP, and thank me later!