Parks and places of interest

 

Holland Park

Holland Park

Brompton Cemetery

Bay sixty6

St Lukes Gardens

 



 

Holland Park 

Originally the grounds of Cope Castle, built in 1605, the estate once stretched from Holland Park Avenue to the current site of Earl's Court tube station. Holland Park is considered one of the most romantic parks in London; it contains areas of woodland, a Japanese Garden, the Ice House Gallery, Holland Park Theatre; home to Opera Holland Park, and the Ecology Centre, which runs events and activities for children and young people.

Kensington Gardens

In the gardens of Kensington Palace you will find the famous Peter Pan statue, the Peter Pan themed playground with pirate ship and beach, created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Royal Albert Memorial and the Italian ornamental water gardens. The Serpentine Lake and the Diana Memorial Fountain are located in Hyde Park, which adjoins Kensington Gardens.

Brompton Cemetery

This is a great outdoor basilica, and a celebration of the high tide of the British Empire and commercial prosperity. Expect memorials to the great and the good including more Victoria Cross holders than anywhere else in the world and 2,000 Chelsea pensioners.

The Chelsea Physic Garden

This walled ‘secret’ garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries to train apprentices in recognising plants. It continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 plant species From April to October there is a programme of talks and demonstrations. The garden closes in the winter, except for special events.

Crosby Hall

Crosby Hall, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea originally stood in Bishopsgate, where it was the Great Hall of the 15th century Crosby Place. Shakespeare was familiar with this former city mansion, and wrote it into 'Richard III' as the scene of Gloucester's plotting. The building was occupied by Richard while he was Duke of Gloucester. Later it was owned by Sir Thomas More. The Hall was moved, stone by stone, from Bishopsgate to Chelsea in 1910 in order to rescue it from proposed demolition. It was then incorporated into the buildings of the British Federation of University Women and used as a dining hall. It is now a private residence.

The Ismaili Centre

The Ismaili Centre is home to UK Ismaili Muslims. In addition to a central prayer hall the centre also hosts exhibitions.

BaySixty6

Situated underneath the Westway motorway near Westbourne Grove tube station, this is probably the best skateboard park in the capital.

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