On a recent trip to London to visit my daughter, we decided to meet in Holland Park. Divided into several areas including woodland and sports pitches, the remains of the old Holland House provide the backdrop for various different gardens and spaces that feel a world away from the busy high streets nearby.
At the centre is the Kyoto Garden, with it's pond full of koi carp. Donated by the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce it's a peaceful place with some beautiful, restrained planting, and peacocks wandering around.
The Dutch Garden is very different but very pretty. Formal beds filled with seasonal planting, I loved the mix of bright annuals and cabbages, chard and lettuces going to seed.
Under a covered walkway are 11 murals depicting a garden party in the grounds in the 1870s. Painted by Mao Wenbiao in 1995, with many of the faces being real people who commissioned the murals. What a lovely idea.
One of the loveliest parks in London. Worth a visit if you're in the area.