From the 'House of all Europe' to the tranquility of the Kyoto Garden.
Have you always wanted to learn more about the history of Holland Park? Ever wondered what the intricate features of a Japanese garden are meant to represent? Curious about the people who once presided over those grounds? My Holland Park Walk might be just the right thing for you then!
Just off High Street Kensington, Holland Park is often described as one of London's most charming parks. In this tour we 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'll introduce you to the history of Japanese garden design as well as explain some of it's key features. While exploring this oasis of serenity, we might also be joined by a flock of peacocks or a heron. For locals and newcomers alike, this tour will be an opportunity to (re-)discover Holland Park in all its splendour.
For a small taster of the tour, check out the following blog features about the walk:
The meeting point for the walk is outside of Holland Park Tube Station which is conveniently located on the Central Line. This walk is open to the general public as well as Japanophiles who want to learn more about this charming and 'off-the-beaten-path' area of London. To fortify us during our walk, complimentary Japanese cookies will be offered along our route. This tour can also be booked as a private walk for groups and individuals.
If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with me either via Eventbrite or send me an email directly to: email@example.com. You can also find me on Twitter (@ypldn) where I am always up for a chat.
When & Where
Holland Park Tube Station
76 Holland Park Avenue
W11 3RB London
An expat from Luxembourg, Yannick Pucci is an independent London tour guide and founder of London Unravelled. Constantly inspired by his adoptive city, Yannick is an engaging and enthusiastic storyteller and his walks were named as some of the ‘best London walking tours‘ by LastMinute.com.
Combining his love for architecture and history, Yannick’s ‘Art Deco’ tours explore the sophisticated glamour and severe functionality of 1920s and 1930s design. His popular 'Art Deco in Bloomsbury' tour made its debut during the Bloomsbury Festival 2013 and has been the subject of a Londonist Out Loud radio interview. While ‘Art Deco in the Strand’ explores posh hotels and towering office buildings, ‘Art Deco in the West End’, his latest offering in the series, takes a closer look at cinemas, garages and retail spaces.
Combining his love for sweet treats and history, Yannick has also branched out into food tasting tours. While ‘Macarons & Mews‘ explores the history of the (not so) humble macaron, ‘Piccadilly & Petit Fours‘, celebrates the foodie heritage of St. James's and Mayfair. His latest offering in this series, ‘Matcha Green Tea‘, investigates Japanese powdered green tea in Soho and Fitzrovia.
For the past six years Yannick has also been volunteering at the British Museum where he has been facilitating object handling and delivering tours ever since, including the Japan eyeOpener Tour, the Highlights Tour and the WCEC 'Behind the Scenes' Conservation Tour. His team-building efforts have been highly commended in the Renaissance London Volunteers Awards 2011, in the category 'Going the Extra Mile'.
In addition to running his own tours publicly and privately, Yannick has developed and led walks for the London Festival of Architecture, Open Garden Squares Weekend as well as for the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts.