Payments via the FHP website

You are now able to make payments to The Friends of Holland Park directly from this website. Payments may be made for new membership, renewing membership, event tickets, art exhibition entries and merchandise.

Payment is made through PayPal, but you are not required to have a PayPal account; you can make payment from your debit or credit card.

It is no longer possible to download an order form from this website and pay by cheque. We apologise if this is an inconvenience for you, but it makes good sense for The Friends administratively. Paid-up members will still receive an order form with their quarterly newsletters.

If you have any problems, please contact Rhoddy Wood on 020 7602 0304 or

[January 2018]

April 2019

Tea TowelTea Towel

Cotton tea towel showing paintings of some of the flowers that grow wild in Holland Park. Size: 48 cms x 74 cms.

Price £7.50 plus postage.

Order online here.

Children’s Guide to Exploring Holland Park

Children will love this new book packed with fabulous things to discover, interesting facts and lots of fun activities. At 36 pages, there is enough to keep kids occupied through the holidays and over many visits, so you do not have to think up ideas to occupy them. We were advised by children (6-10-year-olds) who told us what they really, really liked and what simply did not interest them; and we listened. If you have children, small relatives or friends with kids, do not deny them the chance to try out the word searches, spotting challenges, nature drawing, ‘spot the difference’ and dot-to-dot pictures.   Price £6.50 including postage.

Order online here.

Jigsaw: The Holland Park Dutch Garden in Spring


Premium quality, laser-cut, 250 piece wooden jigsaw featuring Wentworth’s unique ‘whimsy’ pieces. 360mm x 250mm. Original photo by Joy Puritz.

Price £20 including P&P.

Order online here.


Notable Trees Guide

Many members will have enjoyed the guide to the notable trees of Holland Park we wrote in 2007, and might even still have their copies. It is now out of print and, because of continuing demand, we decided to re-issue it. We found that a shocking 20% of the trees described have been lost, so we have re-written it to include new specimens, both newly planted trees and others which deserve attention. The new book has over 60 trees as compared with 50 in the old one. The overall format has been retained, and the same artist, Nina Barranca, has drawn leaves to illustrate the new inclusions. It is still A5 and easy to carry. The trees are arranged in walk order, but the walk can be joined at any point and indeed may take several occasions to complete depending on how long each tree is studied.

We think all members of the Friends should buy a copy, at only £6.50, and perhaps extra copies for presents.

Order online here.


[Winter 2016]

Decorative Art in Holland Park

Decorative Art in HPOur ‘H is for Holland’ guide to the sculptures and architectural features of Holland Park has sold out, so we have produced a new one. We have taken the opportunity to bring the design into line with The Guide to Holland Park and the Kyoto Garden booklet and to add the more recent decorative features in the park.  You can buy a copy from the Park Office in the Stable Yard. The 32-page booklet comes complete with a map to show the location of statues, sculptures and other works of art.

Price £6.50 including P&P.

Order online here.

[Spring 2016]

Kyoto Garden cover

New Guide to the Kyoto Garden

It was a long time coming but well worth the wait! You can buy a copy from the Park Office in the Stable Yard. The 20-page booklet comes complete with map and details of all the features in the Kyoto and Fukushima Gardens.

Price £4.75 including P&P.

Order online here.

[Autumn 2015]

Notecards and Postcards

‘I can’t find your notecards’ said one of our members after searching our art exhibition. We thought the Orangery was full of notecards but enquiry revealed that our member meant the not-very-wintery view of ‘Holland House through the Trees’ which we had used in two sizes as a Christmas card last year. So we ordered some especially for her in the smaller size (4.75” x 6.75”) without a greeting, and while we were at it got some extra, thinking others might like them too. So they are on our order form together with packs of 5 black/white postcards of the north face of Holland House as it was in the nineteenth century, or with 3 cards of the north face plus two of the gilt drawing room. These are also being sold by our good friends in the Park Office. Also there, as large notecards, are several different very colourful views of Holland Park from paintings by Dmytro Dobrovolskyi. These sold well at the art exhibition and we thought that you might like another chance to buy them. Do look into the Park Office to see them all.

Prices vary.

Order online here.

[Summer 2015]


Guide to HP

Produced by The Friends of Holland Park

Some of you know the Park well and some are visitors wanting to know what ‘s in the Park and where to find it.  We hope this Guide will be interesting for all and that you enjoy reading it and find it useful.

The Guide describes the various areas of the Park; the sports and other facilities; the work of the Ecology team; the park services and gives a brief history of Holland House and the people who lived in it.  A map in the centre shows you how to find your way around. Even if you do know the Park well, you may discover things you didn’t know.

Price £2.00 (+75p p&p online)

All FHP publications are available from The Park Reception in The Stable Yard.

Order online here.

[August 2104]

The Pleasure Grounds of Holland House

This new book by Sally Miller, commissioned by The Friends as a companion volume to The Families of Holland House published earlier this year (see below) is now available - just in time for Christmas! 

The Holland House estate was created in 1591, covering about 500 acres from what is now Holland Park Avenue almost to the Thames. Little has been written about the park and pleasure grounds, but Sally Miller has discovered records to show that they were laid out by owners with taste as well as money, who were familiar with the finest gardens in England. Changing landscape fashions down the centuries were reflected in the gardens of Holland House.

This book uses the surviving evidence to create impressions of the gardens as they would have been seen and experienced in each of the four centuries of their existence. It will add a new dimension for those who visit and enjoy Holland Park today; there are still places to stand and imagine how the pleasure gardens of Holland House once looked.

Sally Miller studied for an MA in garden history from Birkbeck College in her retirement and is now a professional garden historian researching, writing and lecturing on garden and landscape history. She contributes both to the work of the Hampshire Gardens Trust and the London Parks and Gardens Trust.  She has previously published The History of Bishops Park and articles in Garden History and the London Gardener.

The Pleasure Grounds of Holland House (paperback, 243mm x 169mm, 112 pages, 60 mono and colour images).

Price online £12.00 including P&P.

Order online here.

[Autumn 2012]

The Families of Holland House

Families coverA new book has been published by The Friends:

For over 300 years successive owners of Holland House in Kensington were at the heart of political, social and literary life in London until the house was bombed during the Second World War. The Cope and Rich families (the Earls of Holland and Warwick) were the owners from 1604 to 1721, and the Fox and Fox-Strangway families (Barons Holland and the Earls of Ilchester) from 1726 to 1951. 

These influential and interesting figures of London society and beyond, and their guests, are the cast of Carolyn Starren’s painstakingly researched and fascinating account of the life and times of Holland House. Commissioned by The Friends of Holland Park, Carolyn Starren, as a past Local Studies Librarian for The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and a lifelong resident of Kensington, is pre-eminently well qualified to write this definitive social history of Holland House.                  

This 64-page, soft-covered book measuring 243mm x 169mm. has 39 illustrations, 11 of which are in colour, and two family trees.

Price online £7.50 including P&P.

Order online here.

[Spring 2012]