Dear Potential Friend

Winter 15 cover
Those of you who know Holland Park will appreciate what a wonderful place it is, but it is vulnerable. Competing demands are constantly made on the park and the danger is that the precious features are lost and the wildlife diminished. How much do you care about protecting it for the future? 

The Friends of Holland Park work hard to preserve the Park’s natural and historic assets, while still ensuring space for the many activities that appeal to Park users.  We work with Councillors, Park Management, developers and others to influence impact on the Park.

If you care about the future of Holland Park, you can help.  When you join The Friends your subscription supports funding of our work and you add your voice to that of over 1000 members when we discuss the effect of major developments and plans for the Park.

We love it when our members play an active role, but many are busy people and just joining will increase the Friends’ ability to influence what matters in the Park. 

Membership is only £12, and there are concessionary and joint member rates. For that small sum you benefit from:
•    A full-colour quarterly newsletter, with news updates, informative articles on the park, details of events and more.
•    A membership card that entitles you to discounts at local retailers participating in our ‘Friends & Neighbours’ scheme. See current list below.

Always intending to join doesn’t help.  Joining does!  Application forms are obtainable from the Park Office, Rhoddy Wood on 020 7602 0304 or may be downloaded here.

Jennie Kettlewell                                                                              Chairman

Some of ways in which The Friends have provided funds for Holland Park:

    Contributing funds towards drilling a bore hole, so that plants can be irrigated legally during drought

    Part-funding restoration of the terrace in front of Holland House to enable it to be opened to the public outside the     opera season

    Conservation of the 18th century marble fountain in the Dutch Garden

    Conservation of the tiles on the walkway from the House to the Belvedere

    Presenting ‘Sibirica’, the elegant fountain in the Iris Garden

    Commission and donating Tonda, the sculpture in the Sun Trap Garden

    Funding installations that aid teaching in the Ecology Centre

    Funding of Ecology programme walks and talks so that they can be free to the public

    Leading a monthly Nature Walk, free to the public

    Donating rambling roses to grow on the margins of the woodland areas

    Producing Guides to the House and Park,  the Kyoto Garden and the Decorative Art of the Park, all offered at subsidised prices.

Photo by Rhoddy Wood

[May 2016]

Local Businesses Offer Discounts to our Members

One of the benefits of being a member of The Friends is the ‘Friends & Neighbours’ programme, which allows members a discount on purchases from businesses local to Holland Park – our Neighbours. We aim to build a community of interest around the park, to encourage new members to join the Friends and we want to give something back to our loyal members.

Discounts are available on showing a current membership card for The Friends when making a purchase. So far, we have more than a dozen Neighbours. If you are already a member, do visit them. If you are not yet a member, do join The Friends and benefit from the discounts.

[Autumn 2016]

Belvedere Restaurant

BelvedereMany of you already know the restaurant, and those that don’t should! It has a stunning site overlooking the Iris Garden, is a distinguished listed building which was once the summer ballroom for Holland House and, last but not least, has a very tempting menu. Book a table on 020 7602 1238 or find out more on their website:

Offer: 10% off meals.

Gallery 19

Gallery 19Gallery 19 is not just your local picture framer. They specialise in architectural views of Kensington, London and Italy as well as maps, models, Florentine stationery and house portrait commissions. Owners, Gordon, Sandra and Alex French are well known to the Friends, not least for running our annual art exhibition.

19 Kensington Court Place, London W8 5BJ.  t. 020 7937 7222

Offer: 10% off framing.



Gelato Mio

Gelato MioGelato Mio’s aim is to bring real Italian Gelato to London, preparing all the gelato themselves with natural, uncomplicated recipes, fresh ingredients and traditional Italian recipes. The Holland Park shop was the first Gelato Mio to open in London, built to an Italian design and offering a real feel of Italy with a range of authentic Italian coffee, panini and patisserie.

138 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UE.  t. 020 7727 4117

Offer: 10% off all purchases in the Holland Park Avenue shop.

Holland Park Café

CafeWell used by visitors to the park, this café serves light meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and pastries. It is very pleasant to sit on the terrace on a sunny evening, watching the more energetic rushing around the sports field. Customers include mums and dads with young children, chess players, park visitors from all over the world and a few people earnestly taking advantage of the free WiFi to catch up on e-mails.

Just north of the Ilchester Gate, in Holland Park, t. 020 7602 6156.

Offer: 10% on all purchases over £10.

Il Portico Restaurant

Il PorticoIl Portico Restaurant on Kensington High Street has been cooking regional Italian specialities since it was first opened in the 1960’s by Pino Chiavarini. Still managed to this day by the same family, siblings James and Francesca draw from their ancestors’ influence by providing simple, authentic Italian food from their home region of Emilia Romagna and beyond.

277 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA.  t. 0207602 6262.

Offer: 10% off meals.


JeroboamsA long-established Holland Park delicatessen and wine store, offering an impressive selection of artisan cheeses, charcuterie and other fine foods, sourced from around the globe – a veritable Aladdin’s Cave for the foodie. Wines feature mature vintages of Bordeaux, Burgundy, grande marque Champagnes, great wines of Italy, Australasia and the rest of the New World. Open daily.

96 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 3RB. t. 020 7727 9359

Offer: 10% off all purchases in the Holland Park Ave shop.

Imagine Spa Holiday Inn London Kensington

Ken. CloseThere is a choice of relaxing treatments in the spa, an invigorating swim in the pool, exercise classes, or a workout in the gym. They claim to have the largest swimming pool in Kensington (18m) and swimming is not only fun but is one of the best forms of exercise. Some health clubs can be daunting but this one is not and has friendly and helpful staff.

Wrights Lane, Kensington, London W8 5SP.  t. 0207 368 4005.      www.

Offer: £72 p.m. for min of 3 months. No joining fee. 20% discount in hotel restaurant.

Kensington Place

Ken. PlaceA respected local restaurant since 1987, Kensington Place specialises in fish and seafood. Tim Peirson has recently taken over as chef and brings with him a wealth of experience, most recently from Michelin-starred Angler. The bright main dining room looks out over Kensington Church Street and there are also private dining facilities.

201 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LX. t. 020 7727 3184.

Offer: 20% off food and drinks when dining from the A la Carte or Market Menu for lunch or dinner. Conditions apply.

Lipp Interiors

LippLipp offer an interior design service, as well as having a treasure trove of a shop selling all manner of pretty accessories for the home, lights, furniture, gifts and some clothes such as scarves.  All display an Italian influence.

118A Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA.

t. 020 7243 2432.

Offer: 10% off purchases over £50.

Miles & Miles Car Rental

Established in 1953, Miles & Miles is London's oldest independent car rental company offering the widest selection of vehicles to hire in the capital - standard car, executive car, cabriolet/convertible or 4x4/SUV.  All cars are fitted with Satellite Navigation. The reservations office is based in South Kensington, where staff will advise on the most suitable car for your needs. Cars are delivered to the door by Miles & Miles or may be collected from London Heathrow, London City and London Gatwick Airport.

18 Petersham Mews, London, SW7 5NR. t. 0207 591 0555

Offer: 15% discount (off the tariff price) on every rental and any marque of car.


RassellsRassell's plant nursery has been on this site for over 100 years and is a local institution. The plants for sale change with the season and you can find unusual gems among the more recognisable trees, shrubs and annuals. The staff show real interest and are great on advice, from what to plant to how to plant it and what treatment it needs to survive. They also sell cut flowers and house plants.

78-80 Earls Court Rd,London W8 6EQ.  t. 020 7937 0481.

Offer: 10% on all purchases in the nursery and flower shop.

Romulo Café

RomuloRomulo Cafés are well established in the Philippines and their London restaurant features some of their most popular dishes. Filipino food is a mix of four culinary traditions – Spanish, American, Malay and Chinese – and at Romulo Café there is an appetizing range of bar food, snacks, main courses to share, healthy salad options, vegetarian options, desserts and homemade ice cream. The owner has transformed an elegant Georgian town house to echo the spirit of a comfortable Filipino home which comprises four discrete dining areas: the General’s Bar, the Ambassador’s Lounge, the Diplomat’s Dining Room, and a space for private dining.

343 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6NW.  t. 020 3141 6390.

Offer: 10% discount (when no other promotional prices apply).