‘From the House of all Europe’ to the tranquility of the Kyoto Garden.
The walk […] is chock full of history and really interesting facts about the beautiful gardens.’ – @londonkiwiemma
From a traditional Japanese garden to the ruins of Holland House, the very first tour I created – set in the grounds of Holland Park – explores one of London’s best kept secrets.
Just off High Street Kensington, Holland Park is often described as one of London’s most charming parks. In this tour, you will learn more about the family after whom it has been named and how their home became the epicenter of all social life.
The main focus of our visit, however, will be the Kyoto Garden – an authentic Japanese garden in the heart of London – where I will introduce you to the history of Japanese garden design as well as explain its key features. While exploring this oasis of calm, we might also be joined by a peacock or two.
The tour is an opportunity to (re-)discover Holland Park in all its beauty. To fortify us during our walk, complimentary Japanese green tea cookies will also be offered along the route.
All photos used on this page, except otherwise stated, were taken by Travelling Dave.
For a little taster of the tour, let the following quotes and mentions entice you to join the walk some time soon. (Click on the titles of the features to be taken to the whole article.)
‘If you want to make the absolute most of your visit [to Holland Park] you might want to consider going along in the company of Yannick on one of his regular walking tours, where you’ll get the real inside track on the park’s history.’ – @ldnative
‘You can learn a lot more about Holland Park by taking a walking tour with Yannick Pucci. I tried his Holland Park tour and found out plenty of interesting facts about this lovely park I would never have discovered otherwise.’ – @aboutlondon
‘I was in safe hands with Yannick; he really knows his stuff, not just about the [Japanese] parts of Holland Park that particularly interested me but also about the rest of the garden and its history[.]’ – @FranPickering
‘The Holland Family and the stunningly manicured Japanese gardens are Yannick’s specialty on this walk, and I loved every minute. […] The walk is around an hour and a half, chock full of history and really interesting facts about the beautiful gardens.’ – @londonkiwiemma
In November 2013, Speak Up, an Italian magazine tailored at students learning English as a Second Language, asked me to participate in a feature about Holland Park. Click on the picture below to read the whole article (in PDF format) and follow the link to see a short video interview.
This tour is aimed at seasoned Londoners as well as tourists who are looking to explore the history of Holland Park. A perfect gift for Japanophiles as well as garden enthusiasts, this walk can also be booked as a private tour for birthdays, weddings or any other special occasions.
The meeting point for this tour is by the entrance of Holland Park Tube Station (see the map below), which is served by the Central Line. The walk finishes at the front of Holland Park with High Street Kensington Tube Station (Circle Line and District Line) being just a short walk away.
The tour costs £8 (regular) / £7 (students and seniors) per person and tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite. All pricings for private group tours are available upon request.
If you have any further questions about the tours or if you would like to organise a private walk, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me either via my Contact Page or email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will reply to you as quickly as possible.