Due to current Government advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, The Friends of Holland Park made the decision to cancel or postpone all its events in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.  It was sad to have to make this decision, but it is more important that we all stay safe and healthy.   


The Park itself is open, but busy, so please observe the current distance guidance if you visit. During lock down 2, the toilets and playgrounds will be kept open, as long as Government guidelines allow. The park reception office is closed, as no organised sport such as tennis or football can be booked. The outdoor gym is also closed. The Holland Park Café is open for take-away only – drinks, sandwiches and hot food from 9am–4pm weekdays and until 4.30pm at weekends. Please adhere to the advice given, for the safety of all.

The Parks Police remain on duty and may be contacted on 0300 365 5101.


Portrait of JKChairman's Greeting

Dear Friends

Once again, we are experiencing lock down, in an attempt to manage the spread of Covid-19. I hope you are safe and well. Like me, you will be spending much of your time at home until at least early December. Many of you found great comfort in visiting the park during the spring lock down and I hope you can continue to visit and to enjoy the splendid autumn colours. Distancing can be a challenge in a public space and we ask all of you that you do your best, even if you find some others are less considerate.

One day things will get back to something approaching normal, though it will be gradual, and I look forward to meeting you all again at an event, or just out for a stroll. Until then, keep well and keep cheerful.

Jennie Kettlewell, Chairman

[Winter 2020]


HH terrace at sunrise

"The Friends of Holland Park
exists to save the countryside! (A twist which might surprise someone who thought it was an urban park-tout court). There's bees where honeysuckle grows, foxes, rabbits, robins, crows, tadpoles in the early spring-come autumn there's blackberrying.

There's the spring art exhibition by our members who will make you very welcome at the Private View, and carols in the winter too. But Holland Park's extremely small-fifty acres all in all-and very vulnerable to short-sighted pressures. Join us and help support, improve, defend this precious jewel. "

The Friends of Holland Park is a local community group and registered charity dedicated to the preservation, protection and improvement of Holland Park as a place of historic and ecological interest and beauty. Located between Kensington High Street and Holland Park Avenue the park is served by the Central, District and Circle Lines, and is close to Olympia and Earls Court.

main avenueThe 22 hectare (55 acre) park, owned by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, offers sports facilities, playing fields, children’s play and adventure areas, dog walking, an Ecology Centre, formal gardens and woodland walks, the Japanese Kyoto Garden, art exhibitions, rooms for hire, a restaurant and cafeteria, and a youth hostel. It hosts the annual summer season of Opera Holland Park.

The remains of Holland House, bombed in the last war, is a conserved listed building, having been the home of the Earls of Holland and then Ilchester. The park is within the Holland Park Conservation Area and is an Area of Metropolitan Importance.

Join online here.