Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

A Walk Round Kensington and Holland Park Part One

Last Friday I was up in London, scouting locations with my tame historian. We planned to follow a set of directions from one of the London Walks books, and that worked well for the morning, barring a couple of diversions where the instructions were unclear.

First port of call was St Mary Abbots, the church with the highest spire in London.

The main features of the church date from 1872, but parts of earlier buildings remain:
St Mary Abbots Church (6) St Mary Abbots Church (2)

St Mary Abbots Church (7) St Mary Abbots Church (1)

The interior of the church was rather magnificent, but we weren't able to take photos. There's a photo of the impressive font here too.

After a wander around Holland Park (the park itself, that is), we wandered past some expensive properties...

Tower house belonging to Jimmy Page on the right:
Holland Park 140613 (1) Holland Park 140613 (2)

And then we found ourselves at the rather magnificent Leighton House Museum (mentioned in the big book I got for my birthday: London Hidden Interiors) and were overwhelmed by the opulence of it all. So much so, in fact that we were forced to stop off for lunch at The Scarsdale Tavern, and I also had a pint of Fuller's London Pride as I'd promised earlier in the week in a slightly odd mailing list discussion.

Once we had recovered from our morning, we continued on our expedition, and found some friendly tortoises guarding a giant sundial.

Big Friendly Tortoises telling the time (by GMT rather than BST):
Holland Park 140613 (4) Holland Park 140613 (5)

Our walk then continued in the direction of Holland Park (the street), but that's a story for another post.
Tags: architectural heritage, for reference, out and about, photos, real life
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