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The beauty and benefits of living in Holland Park are obvious and it is no wonder that celebrities, including Simon Cowell, Sir Richard Branson and Michael Winner, have homes here. We also sell properties to high-flying City executives, captains of industry and foreign nationals lured by the high quality property for sale and the attractions of the area. Besides the park itself, excellent schools, the Central Line tube station, the shops and family friendly atmosphere of this quiet corner of the capital the reason why it is so attractive.
There are fabulous restaurants, including The Academy, Anthony Worrall Thompson’s Notting Grill, The Belvedere and the popular Julie’s. There are plenty of pubs and gastropubs in the area too, including The Mitre, which has an extensive menu and a wide variety of lagers on tap; The Ladbroke Arms which sells real ale and has a very long wine list and an impressive selection of single malts; and The Prince of Wales is an old-fashioned pub that often throws a barbecue. The Academy is a pub-cum-gallery and is popular, not just for the live music but also the regular art exhibitions.
Schools are a major attraction and the best include Norland Place Preparatory and the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial RC School.
Holland Park itself is not only a haven for families and dog walkers but it is renowned for its opera, running about 50 performances a year. Avondale Park has tennis courts and riding stables, and Kensington Leisure Centre has squash courts, five-a-side pitches and a gym. For a slightly more leisurely pursuit, the area is blessed with wonderful boutiques and delis, including Lidgates, a renowned local butcher which has been running for 150 years selling 30 different types of sausage.
The area takes its name from Lord Holland who owned much of the land here in the 19th Century. House prices have risen dramatically since then and houses can cost as much as £30 million. Holland House and the surrounding grounds that we now know as Holland Park have had an eventful history. From heralding social and political intrigue, to a 19th century feature inHarper’s New Monthly Magazine as a host for the contemporary social and literary glitterati, to a WWII bombing that left the original Holland House devastated, the property then underwent a Jacobean-style renovation that results in the Holland House that we know today.
The legacy of Holland House now sees it operate as the London Holland Park youth hostel, with an exhibition space in The Orangery, a gallery space in the former Icehouse, while the summer really brings Holland House to life as it acts as the backdrop to the Opera Holland Park Season. The grounds further provide sporting facilities, including a cricket pitch/football oval and 6 tennis courts.
Holland Park offers a diversity of different property types with numerous notable features. Holland Park’s Royal Crescent presents a Grade II listed street that, designed in 1839, offers two curved, facing crescents of terraced houses that are stucco fronted, with porticoed entrances arranged over four floors. There are numerous, similar, stucco fronted, period houses and Victorian terraces in Holland Park and, while some are still configured as complete houses, there are many, spacious period conversions in the Holland Park and W11 area.