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If you enjoy visiting Holland Park, give a thought for its future and join The Friends to add your support. You can do that by clicking on the button beneath this letter, but you might like to hear about some of the benefits of becoming a member.

•    Your membership card will entitle you to a discount on purchases through named local businesses.

•    10% discount off the premium for household policies through insurance broker, Lycetts.

•    A quarterly full-colour newsletter with news and articles about the history, wildlife and events in Holland Park.

•    A members-and-their-friends summer party in Holland Park.

By joining, you will become part of our 1,000+ member charity that works hard to preserve and enhance the natural and historic assets in the park. It is a wonderful park that many people enjoy today and we want to ensure it is still beautiful for future generations.

Just click on the button below to join online. If you have any problems, please contact Rhoddy Wood on 020 7602 0304 or

Jennie Kettlewell


Join online here.

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.

Jennie Kettlewell


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]

New offer: Design Museum Kitchen

The ‘Design Museum Kitchen’ restaurant has opened under the management of Searcys, and it looks tempting for those of our members who enjoy reasonably priced but interesting food, all with stunning views of both the iconic parabolic roof and of Holland Park. Friends are offered a discount for lunch from 12 noon to 6pm on weekdays and for weekend brunch and lunch from 11am to 6pm.  Whether you are visiting an exhibition in the museum or just hungry and in the locality, go up to Level 2 of the museum to enjoy the seasonal menu in a relaxed atmosphere. Searcys’ experience and reputation will ensure that ingredients are of the best quality and are mainly UK sourced. The Friends welcome this new restaurant and are delighted that it is now part of our ‘Friends & Neighbours’ programme.

Offer: 10% discount on meals and beverages in the Design Museum Kitchen restaurant, when no other promotional offer applies. Although the offer excludes group bookings of more than 20 people, the management will be pleased to discuss any enquiries.

224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG.  Book online at

[Spring 2019]

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.

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.

Photo by Justin Thomas

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.

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 at lunchtime.



Two branches of Jeroboams offer a welcome discount to members.

The Holland Park Avenue branch is a long-established 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.

Jeroboams KHSThe new Kensington High Street shop offers a wide choice of wines both classic and from lesser-known interesting producers. There is a selection of spirits, some of which you may not find easily elsewhere. They also provide glasses and ice, delivered with your drinks for parties.

96 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 3RB. t. 020 7727 9359
254 High Street Kensington, London W8 6ND. t. 0207 348 0644.

Offer: 10% off all purchases when no other promotional discounts apply. Certain products are excluded from the discount, at the discretion of the manager.

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.

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).

ULI Restaurant

ULI RTestaurantULI serves carefully selected dishes from Asia, prepared using traditional Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean disciplines. They believe that Asian food should be clean, fresh and healthy. Originally established on the All Saints Road in 1997, ULI became a firm favourite among locals and critics alike. At its new home on Ladbroke Road, its pretty terrace forms part of the vibrant local scene, ULI serves lunch and dinner all week as well as an extensive range of snacks, cocktails and beverages.

5 Ladbroke Road, London, W11 3PA. t. 020 3141 5878.

Offer: 10% discount on meals in the restaurant.

Artisan du Chocolat

Artisan du Chocolat246 High Street Kensington, London, W8 6DN.       t. 0207 348 0381

81 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UL                 t. 0845 270 6696 (option 2)

89 Lower Sloane Street, London SW1W 8DA.         t. 0845 270 6996 (option 3)

After founding the chocolatier business in 2000, Gerard Coleman is still hands on in the production atelier so that he can focus full attention on finding the finest ingredients and on quality, which is his passion. In the shops it is the aroma that first strikes you, then the wonderful display of irresistible chocolate

Offer: 25% discount on all in-store purchases.

Chakra Restaurant

ChakraThe flavourful North Indian cuisine with Punjabi influences is not the only attraction of this gem of a restaurant, tucked away in Holland Street. A ‘chakra’ is a centre of spiritual and healing power within the body and this is represented in the jewel colours and fabrics of the interior, so that the environment, as well as the food, gives pleasure. The focus is on dishes cooked in the tandoor, as well as a selection of dishes from several other regions of the sub-continent. Menus change regularly and include Indian brunch and afternoon tea. There is an outside terrace.

33c Holland Street, Kensington, London W8 4LX.  t. 020 7229 2115.

Offer: 25% discount off all meals in the restaurant. Does not apply to drinks or take-away.


HavanHavan describes itself as an ethical lifestyle boutique and tea bar. It’s a delightful shop full of treasures for the person and the home – cosmetics and toiletries, teas and foods from around the world, handbags and jewellery made in a studio below the shop. The tea bar offers drinks from family-run tea farms in China and Japan, the speciality being Matcha. Everything is ethically sourced.

262 Kensington High Street, London W8 6ND.   t. 07813 707392.

Offer: 10% off purchases from the shop, excluding bespoke jewellery and hats.

Design Museum Kitchen

Design Museum KitchenThe ‘Design Museum Kitchen’ restaurant is managed by Searcys, and is tempting for members who enjoy reasonably priced but interesting food, all with stunning views of both the iconic parabolic roof and of Holland Park. Friends are offered a discount for lunch from 12 noon to 6pm on weekdays and for weekend brunch and lunch from 11am to 6pm.

Design Museum (Level 2), 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG.  Book online at

Offer: 10% off meals at lunchtime, when no other promotional offer applies.