A Travellerspoint blog

A Move to a Royal Borough and Holland Park

My new place in West London

sunny 24 °C

It has been about a month since I moved into my new flat, and I’ve finally settled in. All the boxes are unpacked and necessities for the house have been purchased. Minor repairs have been undertaken, and all my mailing addresses have been changed to reflect my new digs.

The place is on a leafy, quiet street in West London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Neighbourhood boundaries are quite fuzzy around here, so I could say I live in Shepherd’s Bush or West Kensington, but I have settled on saying I live in Holland Park.

My_Street_1.jpg
My_Street_3.jpg
My_Street_4.jpg

Holland Park (the area) is named after Holland Park (the park), a 22 hectare green space smack-bang in the middle of the area, and a few blocks from my house. The northern part of the park is wild and forested, while the southern section is more open green space for sports and manicured gardens to walk through.

The park was named after Holland House, a Jacobean mansion that was partially destroyed during World War II. The remaining parts of the house now serve as the backdrop for an outdoor amphitheatre hosting opera performances, as well as providing a youth hostel.

Holland House, now a youth hostel and Opera backdrop

Holland House, now a youth hostel and Opera backdrop


Holland_Pa..rdens_2.jpg
Holland_Pa..rdens_3.jpg
Holland_Park_Wilds_1.jpg

Outside the park is some of the most expensive real estate in all of London, though not on the street I live on. Lakshmi Mittal, chairman of the world’s largest steel firm ArcelorMittal, owns three houses worth a combined £500 million on Kensington Palace Gardens, the most expensive street in London, though technically that street is just outside the accepted boundaries of Holland Park. Living in the area defined as Holland Park are Paul McCartney, Simon Cowell , Brian May and Richard Branson. On Tuesdays, the pub down the street from me offers free curry, and I have to say I was surprised that none of those folks showed up last Tuesday for the free nosh. I would have thought Cowell was a curry fan.

Kensington Palace Gardens, the richest street in the UK and home to fourth richest man in the world, Lakshmi Mittal

Kensington Palace Gardens, the richest street in the UK and home to fourth richest man in the world, Lakshmi Mittal


Trades entrance, because you don't want them tracking their poverty through the front hall

Trades entrance, because you don't want them tracking their poverty through the front hall


Flowers_on_House.jpg
Kensington Pub, Russell Gardens.  Free Curry on Tuesdays!

Kensington Pub, Russell Gardens. Free Curry on Tuesdays!

The one thing I can be sure of in the new area is that I won’t be short of shopping opportunities. Just to the south of me is Kensington High Street, and to the north is Westfield Shopping centre, the largest urban mall in Europe. Westfield also plays hosts to cinema premiers, so there is a chance for some star gazing, though I haven’t seen any stars yet.

Kensington High Street

Kensington High Street


Statue on the church grounds at the corner of Kensington High Street and Kensington Church Street

Statue on the church grounds at the corner of Kensington High Street and Kensington Church Street


Interior of Westfield Shopping Centre - fancy swooping roof!

Interior of Westfield Shopping Centre - fancy swooping roof!


Westfield Shopping Centre

Westfield Shopping Centre


The shops and decor of "The Village," the fancy part of Westfield

The shops and decor of "The Village," the fancy part of Westfield

The new place is like a mash-up of my three previous homes here in London. It has the typical row-house architecture of my first place in Brent, though the flat is much nicer than the one I had up there. It’s well connected like King’s Cross was, with four tube stations serving the District, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Central lines all within a 10 minute walk. The new place is much quieter than King’s Cross though. I can sleep with my window open at nights, unperturbed by traffic noise or screaming drunks as I was in King’s Cross. That is a feature that the new place shares with my house on the Isle of Dogs in east London.

All in all, a move I am happy to have made, almost making the pain and stress of moving worth it. Though, hopefully, it’ll be a while before I have to go through that again.

A flower blooms over the garden wall along my street

A flower blooms over the garden wall along my street

Posted by GregW 07:28 Archived in England Tagged living_abroad

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Comments

amazing pictures,great effort.

by deepa gupta

Hi,

This is a wonderful blog! It was a very good read.

I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging on my blog. It is a collection of my travels and the travels of my guests. If you scan the site you can see that now almost 100% of the posts are from guests. Lately I’ve been finding many people interested in guest posting.

Included in your post will be a link to your website using whatever anchor text or key words you wish and a description of your site (if you choose to include one.)

My blog (onetravel.wordpress.com) receives about 2000 visitors a day and that number is steadily growing.

So if you are interested in being a guest, please let me know.

Send me an Email:
gchristodoulou(-at-)OneTravel(-dot-)com

Warm Regards,
George Christodoulou
Travel Blogger | OneTravel
gchristodoulou(-at-)OneTravel(-dot-)com

by slashman

Every second of every day, one of us makes a decision to spread our proverbial wings and travel. Usually a fair number of questions accompany that decision. Whether one is a seasoned traveler or a first-timer, sorting out the many details can be a daunting task. Venturing out into unknown territory can throw up several roadblocks when we aren’t sure where to find the information we want and/or need.

by WISTEN WIL

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint