The reviews sounded very promising:
- "A jewel inside London...I cannot call it anything else other than a secret of London...I can only count a few people that were lucky enough to get lost in Holland Park and find this..."
- "Visit the beautiful Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park. The bridge at the foot of a waterfall is one of the city’s most peaceful spots."
- "One of my favourite spots in London ..."
What I found was surely pretty! Look here:
But there was one big problem. The garden was taken over by hordes of inconsiderate people who were having picnics on the grass, smoking(!), chatting, letting their children run around and scream etc. Yet, the signs at the entrance to the garden clearly say, "Please respect this area as one set aside for quiet and contemplation. Please do not sit on the grass. Please do not allow children to play here. Please do not bring your dog into the garden. Please do not feed the fish. Please do not enjoy the peace and tranquility."
Admittedly, it was a sunny weekend and families were out, trying to have fun. But Holland Park itself is big enough for all that, so why take over this little gem as well! The one thing I was definitely not able to do was enjoy the peace and tranquility, because there were none.
I must make sure to come back on a cold, wet day when hopefully this place will be what it's supposed to be, and what I'm looking for, quiet!