The home of many of the capital’s celebrities, Holland Park has long been one of the most desirable parts of London.
This lovely leafy area of Kensington also offers a long list of ways to entertain the kids. Without further ado...
One of the great things about Holland Park is its park, Holland Park
At the very heart of the Holland Park area, you’ll find acres upon acres of beautiful parkland which gives this district its name. An impressive green space that encompasses a number of gardens (including a stunning Japanese garden full of blossom trees), play areas, football fields and even the odd peacock, Holland Park has much to offer young families.
Covering an area of 22.5 hectares, it’s the perfect place to bring the kids on a sunny day, with on-site parking, a restaurant and four beautiful covered picnicking spaces: The East Deck, The Dutch Garden Lounge, The Mezzanine and The Terrace. Bear in mind that, if you would like to bring your own picnic, you need to first pre-book a table in one of these four areas.
You’ll find a Great Adventure Playground, which has a mini climbing wall, climbing frames, a zip wire, a giant see-saw and a tyre swing. There’s also a play area for younger children, which is separated off by a fence, and a sports area which is ideal for ball games.
Holland Park is also home to an Ecology Centre, which was opened in September 2013. Easily accessible by public transport (Holland Park and Kensington High Street tube stations), the Centre runs events, activities and workshops for schools and children. This includes a number of nature-themed activities during the school holidays, ranging from night safaris, nature detectives to family forest school days, for children between the ages of five and ten.
Teach the kids to swim and play tennis
Located very close to one of London’s best parks is SwimWay Swim School, which provides swimming lessons for babies and children. You can also avail yourself of the Nautilus Swimming Learn to Swim programme, which teaches children to swim in Holland Park School’s 25m competition pool.
And if you needed any more reason to head back to Holland Park, Teddy Tennis provides children aged 2.5 to 6 years with outdoor tennis lessons in… you guessed it! Lessons provided by Teddy Tennis combine teddy bear stories, pictures, music and games.
Now’s the perfect time to take the family to one of the best places for kids in London
If you like the sound of big beautiful parks with playgrounds that will keep the children entertained for hours - and the chance of maybe even seeing a celebrity whilst out and about - now’s the perfect time to treat the family to a break in one of London’s most luxurious neighbourhoods.
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