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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Holland Park

We were invited to our friend Ann's annual summer picnic in Holland Park yesterday, which lies to the west of central London - somewhere we'd not visited before. It's not the biggest of parks (certainly compared to the enormity of Hyde Park), but it has quite a few play areas, and lots of shade - it's possible to forget one's in London when surrounded by trees and birdsong.

I think it's by virtue of the fact that Holland Park lies in one of the most affluent areas of London that it is so well looked after, but the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed (Regents Park has so many rules and regulations it doesn't feel like a traditional park at all in some ways) - in fact, while we were there, we saw three wedding parties arrive, and at least one children's party in the larger of the play areas.

We enjoyed a picnic, then, after some time in the playpark, the children were let loose on a 'wide game' with some of the other folk who attended - there's no doubt that they were good and tired when they got home, and the rain held off all afternoon!

Here, then, is a photo of Chris enjoying the Sculpture garden (aren't the best sculptures ones you can climb on?) and Lenni on the back of a tortoise in the D Garden. I definitely hope we'll go back - there's still plenty to explore.

Chris on a sculpture in Holland ParkLenni on a Turtle in Holland Park

Posted by james at June 26, 2011 8:22 AM

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